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(U) (2016)



2 hrs 2 mins

Audience Reviews

116 Ratings

Release Date

12 Aug 2016
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: August 24, 2016 02:42 PM IST

Joker Review

Guru Somasundaram gives a tough time to all government employees with his bizarre protests against the lacklustre system our country has.

Guru Somasundaram of Aaranya Kaandam and Jigarthanda fame has come up with his best performance. Ramya Pandian bags a meaty role and has delivered the goods.

Music by Sean Roldan goes along beautifully with the film and plays an important part in conveying the desired message.

Overall View: Joker is a well-written film

Director Raju Murugan has a great vision and one has to appreciate him for coming up with such a film. The dialogues are also bold and straight-forward, which conveys the intended notions at the right proportion.

Guru Somasundaram, the man who impressed us with his character performances in films like Aaranya Kaandam, Jigarthanda, has played the lead role for the first time, and he has done full justice to his role. He is a thorough performer, and there can be no second thoughts about his acting.

Verdict: A bold and hard hitting political satire that might not have compromised entertainment but stands high on cast, music and writing.

Joker has plenty of side-content and backstory to keep you constantly engaged. First there’s the realization of Mannar actually becoming president through his efforts. Then we’re given flashbacks of his life before where he woos a neighboring village girl, Mallika (Ramya Pandian), who agrees to marry him on the condition that he build a toilet in his house.

Joker is predominantly a satire on the current political climate and Raju Murugan has portrayed this in a slick manner. The dialogues can come across as bit too instructive and lecturing, but everything else has been largely toned down in comparison to his previous film, Cuckoo.

A film not to be missed!

Guru Somasundaram who has already been acclaimed for his performances in ‘Aaranya Kaandam’ and ‘Jigarthanda’ plays the lead and what a brilliant show of histrionics he has displayed. If he has taken quirkiness to a new level as the suited President, he is equally captivating as the ordinary innocent worker who falls in love with a girl and hopefully pines for her even after she rejects him finally getting her.

Sean Rolden is one of the backbones of ‘Joker’ with his background score enhancing every scene and so do his songs with great lyrics that are a part of the storytelling and don’t hamper it like in usual movies.

Verdict : A very relevant film that revolutionizes the thinking and makes one want to respect those real heroes who fight for the people sacrificing everything but look like Jokers to the public.

Raju Murugan's whip-smart dialogues targeting all the political parties and flaws in the system is enjoyable in the first half whereas post intermission, the film turns emotional with the flashback love story between Mannan and Malliga, their struggle for basic sanitation and dream of building proper toilet are sure to melt your hearts. Especially the strong climax dialogue explaining who the real jokers are, is a tight slap on our system and society.

Overall, Joker is a must watch for ardent cinema lovers. Give it a chance, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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