JAGAME THANDHIRAM Verdict: AVERAGE
Release date: 27 August 2020
- Dhanush as Suruli
- Aishwarya Lekshmi as Attilla
- James Cosmo as Peter Sprott
- Joju George as Sivadoss
- Kalaiyarasan as Deepan
- Vadivukkarasi as Manimegalai
- Sharath Ravi as Vicky
Jagame Thandhiram is a well known Indian action thriller film written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj and produced by S.Sashikanth and Chakravarthy Ramachandra of Y NOT Studios, along with Reliance Entertainment. The film stars Dhanush, Aishwarya Lekshmi and James Cosmo, Joju George and Kalaiyarasan. Also, it marks the Indian film debut of Cosmo and the Tamil debut of George. It follows Suruli, a carefree gangster in Madurai, is recruited to help an overseas crime lord take down a rival, but being caught off guard by the moral dilemmas that follow.
The initial portions of Jagame Thandhiram, showing the quick-witted Suruli using his street smart ways to track down Sivadoss, are the film’s most interesting bits. Unfortunately, the quirky tone makes these scenes interesting, but Karthik Subbaraj establishes the smiliarities between Peter and Suruli quite effectively. When they are introduced, we see them killing someone, but more than the killing, they seem to be getting their pleasure in the wise-cracking, complaining about their clothes getting ruined by the blood.
Like Peter, who doesn’t want immigrants taking over his country, Suruli doesn’t want a ‘Saettu’ running a jewellery shop in ‘his’ land. So, we know that Suruli will see the error of his ways at some point, but it is in showing us the how that the director disappoints. The tone changes so much in the second half that it felt like we have been dropped in a different universe. But they feel out of place in a film that repeatedly chooses coolth over gravitas.
The casting is also one of the reasons why the film doesn’t quite work. Also, most of the foreign actors feel totally lost. James Cosmo gets a few decent scenes, and he’s the film other stand-out performer, besides Dhanush. Also, the film’s editing plays spoilsport, it is chopped and stitched together in a way that some scenes absolutely make no sense. But Joju George as Sivadoss has hardly made any impact. Actors like Kaliyarasan, Sanchana Natarajan and Vadivukkarasi are pretty much wasted in minor roles.
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