Chennai Palani Mars, co-written by Vijay Sethupathi and Biju Viswanath, is on Zee5: A rewind of this nicely trippy stoner dramedy

Posted on May 11, 2020


This is already an absurd genre. But the premise amps up the absurdity levels to the stratosphere. Sample line: “Simbu CM aana eppidi irukkum?”

Spoilers ahead…

Is Vijay Sethupathi better at writing films than picking them? The thought came up while watching Chennai Palani Mars. He has made a whole bunch of solid-to-good-to-great movies, no doubt: I belong to the camp that thinks Rekka is a criminally underrated entertainer. But there are so many other films of his that make you wonder WTF: not what the fuck, but why the fuck! Why on earth is this actor doing these films and diluting his brand equity? Every actor does his share of why-the-fuck films — it’s a job, after all. But this question comes up more with Vijay Sethupathi because he does… so many films! If he is capable of co-writing Orange Mittai and Chennai Palani Mars, both directed by Biju Viswanath, he surely has a good grasp of script and storytelling! Then… why the fuck!

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