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Reel In Some Jigarthanda!

A pyrotechnical burst of creativity—with grit, grunge and realism—is lighting up the cinemas

Reel In Some Jigarthanda!
Pizza? |
Reel In Some Jigarthanda!
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2016-06-15T12:28:24+05:30

Crow’s Egg Platter

  • Pizza (2012)
    Directed by:
    Karthik Subbaraj
    A thriller about a pizza delivery boy. Subbaraj’s next was Jigarthanda (2014). His Iraivi opened last week.
  • Visaranai (2016)
    Directed by:
    Vetrimaaran
    Tells the story about a group of migr­ant workers picked up by the police and the system at work. Vetrimaaran is famed for his iconic Aadukaalam.
  • Kaaka Muttai (2015)
    Directed by: M. Manikandan
    About two slum kids longing to have a pizza. Manikandan’s latest, Kut­rame Thandanai, premiered this year at a fest.
  • Soodhu Kaavum (2013)
    Directed by:
    Nalan Kumarasamy
    A dark comedy about a kidnapping. Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum, his rom-com, released this year.

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Somewhere towards the middle of the Tamil film Visaranai (or Interrogation), an influential auditor intones patronisingly to the cop questioning him: “Systemdhaan perisse, naamba verum pawns (The system is bigger than all of us, we are mere pawns.)” A new crop of films rolling out of Kodambakkam is in fact bucking the system, giving Tamil cinema a hard edge. For instance, Visaranai, directed by Vetrimaaran, who won a national award for the iconic Aadukalam, drags audiences into the innards of a police station and makes them feel the thwack of the lathi.

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