Director: Durai Senthilkumar
Cast: Dhanush, Trisha, Anupama Parameshwaran, Kali Venkat, Saranya Ponvannan.
It’s been a while since a good Tamil film based on politics was made and Kodi seems to have ended that drought.
The film’s script is a bold one and full marks need to be awarded to director Durai Senthilkumar for having come up with such a plot.
The film starts off on a really slow note and one is almost tempted to come to the conclusion that this will be another run-of-the-mill kind of film. But all that is only for the first half-an-hour.
As the film progresses, slowly, one is introduced to not just different characters but to different shades of different characters. The plot thickens with each passing minute and angles and possibilities hitherto unexplored in a Tamil film begin to be showcased.
Yes, it is not often that one gets to witness a politician take on his girlfriend on the electoral battlefield in a Tamil film. And what is even more interesting is the fact that neither is willing to concede an inch for the sake of love.
The surprises don’t just end there. Every development is fresh and hard to predict. More importantly, they are rooted in reality which only goes on to enhance the authenticity of the story.
Dhanush excels as the politician Kodi but is only half as impressive as his professor brother Anbu. In fact, it’s hard to buy Dhanush’s performance as a professor as Anbu looks out of sorts on occasions. But that is only until the point Anbu turns a politician. The moment Anbu chooses to turn a politician, Dhanush as Anbu is at his sparkling best again.
Trisha is good in parts. The point where she makes her priorities clear to Kodi is a peach and will be cherished for a long time.Anupama Parameshwaran does a neat job but is capable of delivering a much more convincing performance.
Kali Venkat and Saranya Ponvannan impress in this film too. Both character artistes are huge strengths for the film.
But what needs to be appreciated the most is the story of Durai SenthilKumar and his determination to keep his film true to its script’s soul. For, after all, it is exactly these that make this film a classy winner!