One of the much-awaited films of the year Jagame Thandhiram has released today (June 18) on Netflix. Starring Dhanush as Suruli, a wannabe gangster, the film is written and helmed by Karthik Subbaraj.
The action-thriller gangster drama features an ensemble cast including Mollywood actress Aishwarya Lekshmi, Game of Thrones fame James Cosmo, Joju George and Sanchana Natarajan in pivotal roles. Though the film was initially planned to release on May 1, 2020, it was later postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
Did the Dhanush-starrer live up to the expectations of the audience? Read on to find out..
Jagame Thandhiram follows the story of Suruli- a young restaurateur and local gangster who finds himself in trouble after he commits a murder. In order to straighten up the ruckus created, his chief asks him to go out of sight for a month. Amidst all this, two men from London visit Suruli seeking his help to track a Tamil gangster Sivadoss, played by Joju George. Post reaching London, Suruli meets his new boss for the next 3 weeks, Peter Sprott (James Cosmo) who believes that his country has lost its legacy solely owing to the invasion of immigrants.
Well, in the process of chasing down Sivadoss' gang members, Suruli befriends a few by chance, all thanks to his culinary skills. Later, on his visit to a club, he meets Attila (Aishwarya Lekshmi) a singer, who he proposes on their first meeting. Things take a turn after a lead member of Sivadoss' gang is shot down by Peter's men.
Post days of fight and action between the two gangs, Suruli learns an unfortunate reality of immigrants, who have been struggling for zillion years but are deprived of identity. Will he turn against his boss Peter to fight for the immigrants who have no home of their own? Well, you will have to watch the film on Netflix to know what unfolds at the end.
What's Wow: Dhanush's performance, Subject of the film, Cinematography and Music
What's Ouch: Loose story writing, Addition of unnecessary characters
Story and Direction
Though Jagame Thandhiram's story about an international gangster seeking a local gangster seems unconventional in the beginning, the profound subject of immigrants takes the lead. Writer-director Karthik Subbaraj has merged comedy with action quite well. Though the film has its own share of good moments which have been captured pretty well, the loose writing leaves Jagame Thandhiram high and dry.
On the other hand, Karthik could have given more screen-time to talented actresses Aishwarya Lekshmi and Sanchana Natarajan, who only served as gap fillers and appeared unnecessary in the film.
Dhanush: He is undoubtedly the show-stealer of the entire film. Dhanush's variation from a comic avatar to a deadly gangster is praiseworthy. There is no denying the fact that his enthralling entry as Suruli was remarkable as expected. Notably, his sequences with James Cosmo and Joju George have also packed a punch.
James Cosmo and Joju George: Two brilliant actors who are best in their own film industries were not given enough chances to emanate. Though they appeared time and again on screen, their characters seemed very superficial and depthless.
Apart from Dhanush, the other two things that have rescued the film are Santhosh Narayanan's brilliant music composition and Shreyaas Krishna's breathtaking cinematography. Their amalgamation is a splendid treat for both eyes and ears. Vivek Harshan could have saved the time and energy of the audience, if only he had chopped irrelevant sequences from the film.
Jagame Thandhiram is purely meant for thrill-seekers and comedy aficionados. With a strong subject about immigrants in hand, Karthik Subbaraj could have done much better with his screenplay. The predictable story and poor execution have undoubtedly let down the film, which otherwise would have struck gold considering the massive cast and the much hype.