Bigil

Movie review by
Rich Phippen, Common Sense Media
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Ill-balanced Bollywood sports drama has upsetting violence.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 179 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A number of characters overcome personal hurdles in order to achieve success and redemption. Despite this, violence and criminality are prominent themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While most of the men are violent or corrupt, the women -- particularly the football team -- work hard to achieve success and defy negative, stereotypical expectations. Michael, while violent, does bring out the best in those around him. 

Violence

A college protest turns violent with numerous people beaten with sticks and a petrol bomb thrown -- bloody faces are depicted. Fireworks are used as weapons. A bicycle chain is wrapped around a fist and used to punch people. Several fight scenes involve metal bars, knives, and swords. Characters are stabbed to death. Acid is thrown onto someone's face and the injuries are depicted in close-up. Two characters are forcibly injected with drugs. 

Sex

Some flirting between characters and some suggestive dance moves. 

Language
Consumerism

A number of commercial brands feature. However, characters are not driven by material desires. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character drinks while depressed (an anti-drinking message appears on screen). Two characters are forcibly injected with cocaine and left in a stupor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bigil is a Bollywood sports action movie about redemption and revenge that sees the world of women's soccer collide with a criminal underworld. It is in Tamil but with English subtitles. Being a Bollywood movie, there is plenty of singing and dancing, along with farcical comedy. But this results in a mixed and confusing tone as the rest of the movie is a violent melodrama. Michael Rayappan (Joseph Vijay) -- the central character -- has a history of violence. He is regularly drawn into large-scale fight sequences that involve lots of stabbing and slashing. While the violence is plentiful and shown in slow-motion, there is a lack of blood and gore for the majority -- but not all -- of it. The most intense violence comes when a man is rejected by a young woman, so he throws acid in her face. Her immediate injuries are shown in detail. Later a woman is found to have been forcibly injected with cocaine in order to have her fail a sports drug test. Another character is injected soon after. There is no sex, just some light flirting between two characters. A character drinks when depressed, but when this occurs, anti-alcohol messages are shown on screen.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byThalapathyThor January 8, 2021

Mass Entertainer of 2019

Bigil is a must Watch. It has Good Values. You can expect good acting.
It's very fun to watch. it has average violence just as Hollywood films.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDivya7 May 27, 2020

empowering movie for women

Bigil,(according to critics) may not have the best plot or acting, but the messages conveyed in this movie were very good. Some people still think of women as s... Continue reading

What's the story?

BIGIL tells the story of Michael Rayappan (Joseph Vijay) a local crime boss who looks after the people living in the nearby slums. When his close friend -- and coach of a women's football team -- Kathir (Kathir) comes to visit, Kathir is gravely injured during a gang fight and can no longer coach the team. With a big tournament imminent, it's down to Michael to lead the team to glory.

Is it any good?

The mixture between out-right comedy and heavy drama is misjudged in this sports Bollywood tale. This is especially evident in the movie's more violent sequences. Take for example, the scene in which the action switches from an old woman driving a neon-lit airplane down a street while wearing LED sunglasses, to a character being stabbed three times in the neck. The women's soccer team sub-plot also makes little sense -- the team are apparently successful, yet require Michael aka Bigil (Vijay) to turn them into winners. The fact that they are crucial to the big pay off at the finale -- despite only being introduced towards the end of the second act, with their motives hurriedly depicted -- is testament to how badly paced the movie is. 

The acting and direction within the soccer games is incredibly unconvincing, bordering on parody. While this could be excused if the movie maintained its comedic tone, with the violence and melodrama that dominate the story, it just doesn't work. Add to that the song and dance routines and the result is a combination of stories and tones that fail to gel together. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Bigil. How did it make you feel? Does the fact that it's largely bloodless or that humor is used make it less shocking? Do some types of media violence have different impact than others? 

  • How are women portrayed in the movie? How do some of the female characters go against traditional gender stereotypes? How can stereotypes in movies and on TV impact kids' development?

  • Discuss the character of Michael. Were his actions justified by his intentions? Was he right to use his criminal past to save the team?

  • What did you think of the soccer scenes in the movie? Why is it so hard to make sports look believable in movies? Can you think of any examples of when it's been done well?

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