Movie Review : Jigarthanda Double X
The Karthik Subburaj directorial hit screens on November 10th as a Diwali release.
Two politicos ( Shine Tom Chacko and Ilavarsan) are aiming for the top spot in the state. In their race to the top, they set off a gang war to eliminate the strongholds of the other's power.
In this melee, Kirubai ( Sj Suryah), a wrongly accused jailbird is assigned the task of killing dreaded don Allius Caesar ( Raghava Lawrence). In order to do so, he ends up using a different technique of getting close to him, and pretends to be a film director, making use of Caesar's penchant to become a big star.
In the meanwhile, in Caesar's native hillside village, the dreaded Settani ( Vidhu) is unleashing terror, killing off elephants for their tusks. The mountain side villagers are tortured by sadistic cop Rathna ( Naveen Chandra) to get Settani's whereabouts.
Does Kiruba succeed in his mission? Does Caesar become a star? Do the innocent villagers get justice? How are all these events and different worlds linked to each other?
Karthik Subburaj succeeds in keeping you glued to the screen right from the word go. The layers unfold at multiple levels, dealing with gang wars, politcal ambitions, the power of cinema, the exploitation of Nature, the greed for power and land, all coming together with every loose end tied up in the end, all narrated in a most engaging, many times novel and in several places, moving, manner.
The entire cast has done a superb job, right from the village folk whose simplicity is moving, to the leads like Sj Suryah, Raghava Lawrence and Naveen Chandra. Suryah's finely honed performance delivered with a focus on subtlety comes to the fore, while Raghava delivers a career best act and together the duo hold your attention taking you on a roller coaster ride. Naveen Chandra as the cruel cop leaves a mark. Watch out for Vidhu's action scenes in the forest as Settani.
The art and camera departments deserve kudos as they take you into the 70's while Santosh Narayan's bgm is rivetting. The dialogues are crisp and engaging as are the references to events of the period.
On the flip side, the 172 minutes run time maybe a problem for some, with lags in certain places from time to time.
But with its multiple layers, messages (about Nature, the power of cinema), rivetting performances, gripping screenplay and storyline, Subburaj delivers a quirky, engaging, most engrossing, multi-genre entertainer.
Rating 3.75 / 5
RAGHAVA LAWRENCE - ALLIUS CAESAR
SJ SURYAH - KIRUBAI (a) RAY DAS
NIMISHA SAJAYAN - MALAIARASI
ILLAVARASU - KARMEGAM
NAVEEN CHANDRA - RATHNA
SATHYAN - DURAI PANDI
SANJANA NATARAJAN - PAINGILI
SHINE TOM CHAKO - JEYAKODI
ARAVINDH AKASH - CHINNA
ASHRAF MALLISERI - KARIYAN
VIDHU - CHETTANI
KAPILA VENU - CHINTHAMANI
TAMIZH - JOTHI
THENI MURUGAN - SANGAIYAN
BHAVAA CHELLADURAI - S.B.CHANDAR
SHELA RAJKUMAR - LURTHU
VISHNU GOVIND - MURUGAN
AADITYA BHASKER - GOVINDHAN
SUJATHA - LAKSHMI
RAVI MASTER - KADHAR
MANOJ - KAALAYAN
RATHNAM - PERIYAVAR
MUTHUPANDI - MAARI
SREENI - MATHAN
PALANI - RAVI
JAIKUMAR - SOMU
ASHOK NAVEEN - KATHIR
YAMUNA - RATHI
RADHAKRISHNAN - MURALI
Produced by Stone Bench Films Kaarthekeyan Santhanam, Five Star Creations S Kathiresan
Directed by: Karthik Subbaraj
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
DOP : S Thirunavukkarasu
Editor : Shafique Mohamed Ali
Production Designer: T Santanam
Stunts: Dhilip Subbbarayan
Art Directors : Balasubramanian, Kumar Gangappan
Choreography: Sherif M, Baba Bhaskar
Sound Designer : Kunal Rajan
Sound Mix : Suren G
Costume Designer: Praveen Raja
Makeup: Vinoth S
Costumer : Subier
Lyrics : Vivek, Muthamil R M S
Stills : M Dinesh
VFX Supervisor : H Monesh
Colorist : Ranga
Publicity Designs : Tuney John (24AM)
Executive Producer : Ashok Narayanan M
Associate Producer : Pavan Narendra
Co Produced by Kal Raman, S Somasegar, Kalyan Subramanian
Co Produced by Alankar Pandian
PRO : Nikil Murukan