Kodi – An engaging political thriller
– Ravi Kiran
The actor in Dhanush has had a forgettable run in the box office since Velaiyilla Pattadhari and understandably so. Thankfully, R S Durai Senthilkumar’s Kodi brings back the ‘VIP’ Dhanush we all enjoyed. Kodi is no Madras or Pudhupettai but it has all the elements to make an engaging political thriller.
The opening scenes clearly establish that this movie is all about politics. Speech and hearing-impaired Karunas has a burning desire to become politician. But, he is unable to grow up the political ladder owing to his disability. Therefore, when he comes to know that he is father to twin boys, he immediately seeks the blessings of his party leader (a remarkable S A Chandrasekhar) who names one son as Kodi (Flag). Naturally Kodi leans towards politics unlike his twin brother who focuses on studies. But how far will these two roads go before they merge?
Enter Rudhra (Trisha). Trisha as Rudhra is terrific . It is also clever to have given a male-associated name to a woman. Rudhra is ambitious and like Kodi, has grown up listening to fiery political speeches and her desire for power is deep-rooted. What if love comes in between her aspirations? What would she be willing to sacrifice? Rudhra walks on a razor’s edge and has no fear in choosing her path. But at times, the Director seems to have lost hold on her character and she doesn’t come out entirely convincing.
Dhanush as Kodi, plays the don-politician of refreshing candour with a touch of lightness. As Anbu, his twin brother, he comes as a naive twenty-something with the typical Dhanush quirks in the first half before a gripping interval block changes him for the better. The ‘Premam’ girl Anupama Parameshwaran has got a memorable Tamil debut as the egg-seller, Malathi. But the Director seems to have forgotten about her character beyond a point.
Santhosh Narayanan’s background score yet again creates the impact. He seems to understand the nuances of the emotions portrayed on the screen and comes with just the right music that keeps your attention glued to the screen. The songs seemed to have slowed the pace of the film. Saranya Ponvannan as the mother of Kodi and Anbu sleepwalks in the tailor-made role for her. Kaali Venkat as Kodi’s friend Bhagat Singh plays the character with earnestness.
Kodi is not exactly a Chess game where one tries to outwit the other to hold on to the throne. It is a game of snakes and ladders where one goes to any length, even at the cost of one’s own dignity, to ascend in the power ladder.
Kodi – the flag waves high in the sky!