Kodi – ‘A big ticket entertainer that is equally realistic’

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Spoilers ahead…

Two young politicians (Kodi, played by Dhanush and Rudhra, played by Trisha), belonging to rival front line political parties, are in love – in secrecy indeed. In an unexpected chain of events, Kodi and Rudhra are pitted against each other in their political careers by their respective camps. We await a concoction of sequences of over the top cat-and-mouse-game between the couple analogous to a roller-coaster ride. But, what we get is a convincing entertainer that is nearer to reality.

As Kodi, Dhanush successfully revives his hey days in Durai Senthilkumar’s realistic political thriller Kodi. In his debut dual act, be it in the swagger display of the straight forward, righteous and the progressive Kodi (progressive enough even as a kid to replace the strip of vibhuti with vermilion in his widowed mother’s forehead) or the lily-livered enactment of the academic Anbu, Dhanush of the Velai Illa Pattadhari days is back. Personal branding of the lead star taking a back seat is a welcome sign indeed.

In spite of having a big hero on board, the director has managed to utilize every actor by proffering them a fair share of screen space. There’s the relationship between a mother and her sons, between siblings, between the central characters and their love interests, between friends… all these elements deliver a product that is highly story oriented. Backing it equally are its unpretentious background score and cinematography.

Padaiyappa’s Ramya Krishnanesque kind of cunning and an ambitious Rudhra is all what a character like Kodi deserves to be pitted against. Exhibiting a menacing intention coupled with a flawless beauty is all what the saree clad Trisha has to present to complement the character of Rudhra. With that kiddie kind of demeanor, Trisha does the act pretty decently.

Following suit the age-old scenario of Tamil Cinema, Saranya Ponvannan as the mother of Kodi and Anbu, continues to express the displeasure of a helicopter parent over Kodi’s extended support to public affairs as politician (in spite of Kodi being an influential personality in the locality for his good deeds). Mother’s love getting manifold on her kid when both are not on speaking terms for a while, has been beautifully conveyed. How better the feeling could have been expressed than it has been presented by Saranya in Kodi? And, we have the heart-rending ‘Aariraaro’, along the lines of Velai Illa Pattadhari‘s heart-wrenching ‘Amma Amma’, which complements the quotient of ‘amma’ sentiment in the movie.

At one point of time in Kodi, the character Anbu is let a dangerous social issue, mercury poisoning, be known via the minuscule role of Malathi (played by the Premam fame Anupama Parameswaran). Director deserves a round of applause for taking up the problem of mercury poisoning in a biggie that features a star like Dhanush. But, it really feels odd to leave the solution to such a high profile social issue unattended.

Post interval, for a while, it was disconcerting; reason being the screenplay neither letting me know the antagonist nor offering me a glimpse of what this story is destined to (Thanks to the gags of Singamuthu that provide a temporary relief in this phase). But the unsettling feeling quickly passes after the cruel approaches of Rudhra, towards her intention, are clearly served on screen. As a follow-up to this revelation, the catchy idea of ‘Once a twin, always a twin’ finds its place in the screenplay; following which the narration gets studded with few fan-boy appeasing moments. In fact, this segment seemed like a fitting farewell to the movie.

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