Uttam Das (Suriya) is a man whose dreams of becoming a CBI officer are shattered by the corrupt system. Upset, he decides to take revenge by forming a gang who pose as CBI officials to loot money.
The similarities between Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26’ and Vignesh ShivN’s ‘Gang’, dub of the Tamil film ‘Thaanaa Serndha Koottam’, lies at the core of the film. ‘Gang’ is a heist film that is mostly playful, but for some reason, gets preachy right at the end. The film revolves around Uttam Das (Suriya), the charming and bright CBI aspirant. However, when his and his father’s dreams are shattered by a corrupt officer, it’s time for some payback.
Uttam assembles a motley group consisting of Jhansi Rani (Ramya Krishnan), Senthil, Sathyan and Shivashankar – all people who have somehow been left affected by the corrupt system. The gang begin to pose as CBI officers and begin conducting fake raids to loot people. When the CBI comes to know, it’s only natural that a heart-thumping cat and mouse chase begins.
Suriya is the heart and soul of this film, delivering a stupendous performance. Keerthy Suresh is good in her role and Ramya Krishnan wows as usual. Her comedic timing is on-point, so is her performance.
However, ‘Gang’ only works as long as it stays close to the original ‘Special 26’. The raids the gang carries out have a sense of fun around them and the scenes laid with Anirudh Ravichander’s peppy songs are a delight. But other than that, the changes brought in by Vignesh are underwhelming, not adding much to an otherwise good story. The changes feel unnecessary and forced, failing to engage the audience.
Character developments in the film seem to be all over the place. A sincere and tough CBI officer who’s after the gang becomes redundant later on, with no explanation given, because the gang already has an antagonist. The climax seems a bit over the top with the film losing the celebratory and cheery tone it had built from the start and veering towards the OTT preachy. The heavy Tamil flavour that the film carries could be off-putting for some, even though the film is an entertaining one.
If you haven’t seen the original, you will surely enjoy this one. However, if you have, go watch it just for Suriya and the fun factor, you will not be disappointed.