The much awaited Diwali release down south Mersal (Zapped) has opened to great reviews. Directed and co-written by Atlee the film proudly showcases Vijay in triple roles with Samantha, Nithya Menon, and Kajal Aggarwal. The mesmerizing background score and soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman just adds to it. This is what the critics have to say.
“There’s nothing new by way of plot, but Atlee cleverly uses the charm and terrific screen presence of Vijay and presents it in an engaging manner. We are reminded of many revenge sagas where the hero played a triple role like 'Aboorva Sahodarargal', 'Moondru Mugam', Vijayakanth’s 'Ramanaa', where he exposes derelictions in private hospitals and how they extract huge money from the poor using their ignorance.” - Deccan Chronicle
“We have seen Vijay reel of punch dialogues, dance like a dream and fight effortlessly, but there is a scene where, as Thalapathy, he breaks down, and the actor shows that he can also pull off emotional scenes. When you have a mass hero in full form like Vijay is in the film, how can things go wrong?” - Times of India
“But, the director has ensured that there is never a dull moment on the big screen and that aspect of the film outweighs the logical follies in the narration. Mersal promised to be a good masala entertainer and it delivers on it.” - The Indian Express
“There can be no doubt that Mersal is a story written for actor Vijay. Each frame, dialogue, action and reaction celebrates the actor, and what he does best. Vijay is better off when he spews dialogue with restraint. Not loud, but he levels off well with SJ Suryah, who is a theatrical foil.” - Hindustan Times
“At least once in a lifetime, you should watch a superstar's film on Diwali. The euphoria inside the theatre is unbelievable and rightly so. But the problem is that you might tend to get carried away by the quality of the film, based on the wolf-whistles. In Vijay's Mersal , there are some genuinely enjoyable moments.” - India Today
“The takeaway is political. Vijay is asked by Sathyaraj ,a cop: "Are you a convict, a revolutionary, or the leader of a race?" Vijay questions the rationale behind knocking liquor off the GST list, the obsessions with digital payments, and the freebie culture in Tamil Nadu In the song Alaporan Thamizhan, it's about saving the bulls through Jallikattu.” - News18