Leo: A Test of Faith for Filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj

Filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj’s latest release, ‘Leo,’ falls short of its potential despite the high expectations. The film misses opportunities to explore intriguing questions and lacks captivating storytelling seen in the filmmaker’s previous works.

Lokesh Kanagaraj’s ‘Leo’: A Test of Faith for the Filmmaker

Filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj has built a strong reputation with his previous works, earning trust and goodwill from audiences. However, his latest release, ‘Leo,’ fails to meet the high expectations. Let’s delve into the reasons behind this disappointment.

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Setting the Stage:

Lokesh Kanagaraj takes his time to establish the world of Parthiban (played by Vijay) in ‘Leo.’ We witness Parthiban’s quiet life as a bakery owner and part-time animal rescuer in the small town of Theog, Himachal Pradesh. Through well-conceived scenes like a hyena rescue and a chaotic incident at his bakery, Lokesh successfully sets the mood and introduces Parthiban’s family dynamics.

Missed Opportunities:

While the setup of ‘Leo’ is promising, the film falls short of fully delivering on its potential. The central plot revolves around Parthiban’s confrontation with Antony Das (Sanjay Dutt) and his brother Harold Das (Arjun), who suspect Parthiban to be the presumed-dead Leo Das. However, the film disappoints in exploring the intriguing question of Leo’s identity and his reasons for turning against his own people. The antagonists, the Das gangster squadron, fail to evoke genuine interest or investment from the audience.

Flawed Execution:

Despite a stunningly-conceived car chase sequence and Vijay’s commendable performance, ‘Leo’ loses its momentum due to uninspiring knife fights and a lackluster romance angle. The emotional beats and character arc of Sathya (played by Trisha) also fall short. As a result, ‘Leo’ becomes Lokesh Kanagaraj’s weakest film to date, lacking the depth and captivating storytelling seen in his previous works.

The Lokesh Cinematic Universe:

While ‘Leo’ may have missed the mark, the film attempts to establish connections to Lokesh’s previous films, teasing a potential Lokesh Cinematic Universe. However, these connections feel forced and do not enhance the overall viewing experience. Only the anticipation of seeing Kamal Haasan and Vijay share the screen remains, but it remains to be seen how Lokesh will successfully weave together the story with five leading stars in future installments.


Despite its shortcomings, Lokesh Kanagaraj’s previous films have earned him a loyal following, and audiences continue to root for his success. While ‘Leo’ may not have lived up to expectations, the impact of Lokesh’s previous works cannot be denied. As a filmmaker, Lokesh has proven his talent for world-building, but the question remains whether he can successfully expand his universe. Composer Anirudh Ravichander’s contributions to the film’s soundtrack reinforce his status as the heartbeat of Lokesh’s Cinematic Universe. In Lokesh, audiences still believe… for now.

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