Vijay Antony’s ‘Pichaikkaran 2’ is a sentimental, speech-heavy take on how the rich should help the poor

Posted on May 19, 2023


Spoilers ahead…

Scene after scene is set up to portray Vijay Antony as a saviour named Anti Bikili. He even gets a fight like a mass-hero. 

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Vijay Antony has co-written, edited, directed, and composed the music for Pichaikkaran 2 – and he appears in a double role in this spiritual sequel to his 2016 hit. He doesn’t play the same character here, but he’s, again, a beggar: this time, his name is Sathya. In the other role, he is a super-rich businessman named Vijay. There’s an element of sci-fi in this story, which involves brain transplant. For a bit, I started asking “logical” questions like this: If I get someone else’s brain, do I also inherit their memories? But it doesn’t matter because the transplant results in a terrific twist on the Robin Hood narrative: taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Only here, Vijay takes his own money and gives it to the poor. 

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