“Thamizh Padam 2.0″… Overlong and overstuffed, but still, quite fun

Posted on July 12, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

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CS Amudhan’s Tamizh Padam 2 (Tamil Film 2) opens with a very funny hero-introduction stretch, and the reason this stretch is so funny is that it’s preceded by dead-serious events. Under a sky rumbling with thunder and lightning, caste riots break out, leaving six dead. The police commissioner is clueless. He cannot use force because if more people are killed, from either caste, it will become an election-time issue. This is when Shiva (‘Agila Ulaga Super Star’ Shiva, whose name appears neon-lit, Rajinikanth-style) makes his entry, and the jokes come with a satirical undercurrent. He’s not just trolling a serious issue. He’s trolling our masala filmmakers’ tendency to use serious issues to prop up their respective ‘Agila Ulaga Super Stars’. He’s not just trolling punch dialogues. He’s trolling our heroes’ tendency to launch into pompous-sounding and self-serving punch dialogues, regardless of the plight of the people around them.

Even better, Amudhan and Shiva spoof the sarakku song, where our loser-heroes get drunk and call the heroine names in order to get over their heartbreak. Here, the genders are reversed, and the heroine gets to sing the song — the hero ends up objectified, vilified. I don’t want to make Tamizh Padam 2 sound like a pop-culture dissertation paper, but it’s refreshing when at least some of the humour lands with a sting. But even with your brain on OFF mode, there’s a lot to laugh about: the jokes on our media, the jokes on our films (with whoosh music for the silliest things), the jokes on our heroes and heroines, the jokes on our politicians (the ‘Sasikala sabadham’ reenactment brings the house down). Shiva’s deadpan “acting” works beautifully with Sathish’s more committed clowning (his get-ups are funnier than him, though) — and a slapstick dance-off is a particular highlight.

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