Jagame Thandhiram has finally been released on Netflix and we are all happy about it. One of the best works of director Karthik Subbaraj, Jagame Thandhiram is an action-filled gangster movie shot in India and London. What makes this masterpiece unique is that it is not just about the punches and kicks, like most Indian action films.
Jagame Thandhiram depicts racism, xenophobia, discrimination against immigrants and refugees and to make it more interesting, the director has used a multi-racial cast. The movie stars Dhanush who plays the role of Suruli, a carefree local gangster in Tamil Nadu. He is a character of free will as depicted in the song Rakita Rakita Rakita, and is money-driven.
While working in a restaurant in India, Suruli is recruited by a team of a gangster from London who is involved in ethnic-cleansing because they believe that their race is superior. Their leader, Peter, played by James Cosmo, a racist man, goes after the immigrants, the refugees, and a group of liberators, led by Sivadoss, trying to bring freedom to the people who also got caught up in smuggling.
The Moral Dilemma
Suruli begins to work for Peter who makes him infiltrate Sivadoss’ group. One plan and after, Suruli manages to take down the whole group without being aware of what he has done. Halfway through Jagame Thandhiram, Suruli faces a moral dilemma that he has never faced before. He says that he is a common man working to get money and couldn’t understand the problem until he faced it directly. He is called a traitor by literally everyone whom he cares about, which creates a heavy impact and leads to a change of heart and mind, if not completely but slowly.
Jagame Thandhiram gives a very Quentin Tarantino film vibes with all the action sequences and the montages. It also might remind you of Kill Bill in the starting. The soundtrack will give you goosebumps. But at the same time, Jagame Thandhiram depicts Sivadoss as a godfather who dies and is replaced by Suruli in a very beautiful shot.
The third ode a classic film after Godfather is of The Dark Knight. During one scene, Suruli and Peter’s men wear a clown mask for their first task together. While walking out of the car, Suruli does a head tilt like the one the Joker does. This also sets the tone of the aggressive and chaotic nature of Suruli.
A Burning Carousel
The words Jagame Thandhiram translates to ‘The World is Tricky’ and this movie wonderfully depicts that. The ruses create a screen of illusion that covers the whole universe. It is like a burning carousel that goes round and round. Jagame Thandhiramis a sage that defines the meaning of home with action tight sequences, comical and heart-wrenching scenes. All the issues portrayed are very real and there are thousands of nomads wandering around to find a place that they can call ‘home’.
It is refreshing to see a movie that portrays social and cultural issues while keeping it highly entertaining and funny. All the research that the creators have undergone during the pre-production stage of Jagame Thandhiram can be seen explicitly. The musical sequences and the songs will make your head bobble even if you do not understand the language.
Jagame Thandhiram has some quote-worthy dialogues and a commendable screenplay. Though there are times when it is rushed as it is already 2 hours and 37 minutes long. But it is guaranteed that it will be worth all that time. Dhanush’s acting adds the cherry on the top to this delightful watch.
You can watch Jagame Thandhiram on Netflix.