Jigarthanda (TAMIL)

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Starring: Sidharth, Simhaa, Lakshmi Menon, Karunakaran and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Gavemic U Ary
Directed by: Karthik Subbaraj

Giving a second film after a very massive debut flick is a very sternous one for the film makers. So obviously it will take some time to crack down the story which should be a very much bigger and better than the first. But Karthik’s choice was pretty simple. Give a hit debut and take a film which he has penned down initially for his debut. Once there is a hit, people come in search of you and such a scenario happened for this film. However certain release debacles happened in between, the success of a good film cant be hidden away from anything and thats why this film found a place in the top 5 must-watch movies in 2014 in the Forbes India list.

The film opens with Karthik (Sidharth), an aspiring filmmaker who is rejected in a short film program, finds a producer who is willing to make his film but on one condition that ‘it should be a fierce gangster flick’ (read as ratham therika therika). Since he decides to take inspiration from a real-life gangster, Karthik comes to the temple town of Madurai and takes help of his friend Ooruni (Karunakaran) for a research on thugs. They come to know of the ruthless gangster and a terror in that area Assault Sethu (Simhaa). Karthik takes the help of Kayal (Lakshmi Menon) and her mother who cook food for Sethu and his henchmen. He also pretends to be in love with her. As he embarks on his task what follows is a commercial cocktail of action, humor and thrills. How Karthik comes out of this tricky web is the rest of the story.

After an intriguing first half where aspiration meets reality, the director weaves subplots one after another. A movie is never complete without little awesomeness squeezed between the main plots, and this too has its share of it with lighter scenes. Though Sidharth gives a commendable performance, Simhaa steals the show. He is chillingly menacing at times, while completely hilarious in others, but equally convincing in both. A truly remarkable performance. I think why he was doing trivial roles so far. He drives the film from the first scene to the last, with his amazing performance. As a powerful don, he spells terror with his merciless attitude. Kudos to Karthik Subbaraj for casting him in this role. Karunakaran is at his usual self and he scores with his dialogue delivery with his continuous presence through out the film. The rest of the supporting cast including the henchmen (the ways to near them are so hilariously portrayed) , the acting tutor (Gibrish guy) and the shopkeeper (Sangili Murugan)  do full justice to their roles. Vijay Sethupathi appears in a cameo role.

The film is called as a musical gangster film and the soundtrack is definitely eclectic and involves a melange of genres and he is able to capture the mood of the film. The songs are good, short and mostly in the background. The cinematography of Gavemick takes it to a different level, he has beautifully captured the outdoor and night-effect rain scenes giving the story the right tone. Vivek Harshan has done a fabulous job in sharply editing the second half, where the twists are revealed to the audience. I don’t find any difficulties with the length of the film, though its nearly 170 minutes. The best thing Karthik, the director, has done is casting the most appropriate people for the roles. As soon as the movie starts, you are introduced to the brutal dons and their lifestyles at various different backgrounds. With interesting twists, you might be wondering if the second half will have more bloodshed. On the contrary, it turns out to be a complete laugh riot.

Karthik Subbaraj is one of the exciting filmmakers of my time who has come here to stay. He presents us with an engrossing gangster film with a series of bizarre twists and turns that keeps us guessing. Its very difficult to pen down such a tedious screenplay where the film has parts of two films being taken and shown and that too without any confusion. He already served us an out of the box dish of pizza and again made us to taste another out of the box or say out of the world of Tamil cinema by serving us with a cool, cherish-able and crafty dessert or call as main course as this is enough for a long time as its taste wont deter from us for a long time. More and more dishes are expected from him and I am waiting to taste them a lot..!! A cold dessert served raw and hot, which no one should ever miss out..!! 🙂

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