“Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu”… Athiyan Athirai’s impressive debut, produced by Pa Ranjith and starring Dinesh, delivers its message with style to spare

Posted on December 5, 2019


It’s a great line, one that’s at the heart of everything Pa Ranjith stands for. But it doesn’t sound like a “lecture”. It transcends mere “advice” and becomes something purer, a kind of existential philosophy.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/irandam-ulagaporin-kadaisi-gundu-movie-review-athiyan-athirai-dinesh-anandhi-riythvika-pa-ranjith-baradwaj-rangan/

Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Productions has given us only one film so far — the superb Pariyerum Perumal (2018) — but the filmmaker is, by now, so well-known as an ideologue and as a personality that it isn’t difficult to guess what his second production is going to be about. Sure enough, the fabulously titled Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu is about caste. It’s about “landless” migrant labourers who are exploited by men dressed in sparkling white. (It’s the colour of what these men regard as “purity”, perhaps?) It’s about unionisation. It’s about a crusade. It has a crusader (Riythvika), who fought her way through difficult personal circumstances, earned a prestigious degree, and now continues to crusade for a prestigious television channel.

Continued at the link above.

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