“Gangs of Madras”… CV Kumar’s second film is a pretty decent heroine-oriented thriller

Posted on April 13, 2019


Spoilers ahead…

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In his first film, Maayavan, the producer-turned-director CV Kumar aimed for the moon. He had a high concept. He tried to get high on the filmmaking, too, and the result was a bit of a mess. In Gangs of Madras, he sets his sights lower and ends up with a much better movie. The premise isn’t new. We’ve seen it in the films the director names at the end: The Brave One (where Jodie Foster goes after the men who killed her fiancé) and Kill Bill (where Uma Thurman goes after the men who killed her fiancé). But go back further, and you’ll find films like I Spit on Your Grave, where the revenge wasn’t as important as the gruesomeness of the revenge. Gangs of Madras has that thrilling exploitation-movie vibe, aided by the lurid pulp-neon tones of cinematographer Karthik Kumar. If you like the idea of a lustful villain meeting his end by blood-splattered dis-ball-ment, you know you’re in the right movie.

The film feels fresh because it filters the vigilante angle through the prism of a gangster saga. Jaya (a steely Priyanka Ruth) is the wronged woman. She falls for Ibrahim (Ashok Kumar), who works as an accountant for a drug lord (Velu Prabhakaran), and the way Ibrahim meets his end shows that some research has gone into the writing. It has to do with people being “planted” for encounters, something I haven’t seen before. Jaya — who became Razia after marrying Ibrahim — finds out what happened, and she wants to go to the cops. When she learns why this isn’t a practical idea, she doesn’t hesitate for a second. “Can you get me a gun?”, she asks the informant. Had her name been, say, Japan, the theatre would have been filled with hoots and whistles.

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