Vijay-starrer ‘Sarkar’ has stirred a fresh political controversy in Tamil Nadu, thanks to its theme, scenes and dialogues. Interestingly, ‘Sarkar’ is not the first film to deal with such a controversial knot.
In the past two decades, many movies, including some from top filmmakers like Mani Ratnam and Shankar, had carried similar ideas. Mykollywood.com takes a look at them.
‘Mudhalvan’ is a 1999 film written, produced and directed by Shankar. The film featured Arjun, Manisha Koirala and Raghuvaran in the lead roles with Manivannan, Vijayakumar and Hanifa portraying other significant roles.
The movie featured an award-winning soundtrack composed by A R Rahman, cinematography by K V Anand and dialogues by Sujatha. The film revolves around an ambitious TV journalist, Pughazhendi, who interviews the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Pughazhendi asks tough questions, the CM starts trembling and asks him to become the Chief Minister for a day. After using up a few lifelines mentally, he agrees and does such a great job on his first day, that the voters eventually elect him to be their permanent leader.
The subsequent unpopularity and jealousy that the former Chief Minister goes through results in him taking revenge on Pugazhendi, and how he is stopped forms the crux of the story.
‘Aaytha Ezhuthu’ is a 2004 film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Meera Jasmine, Trisha Krishnan, and Esha Deol in the lead roles, while Bharathiraja appears in another pivotal role.
The title of the movie was taken from the name of a Tamil letter, ஃ – three dots corresponding to the film’s three different personalities from completely different strata of society. The film’s score and soundtrack were composed by A R Rahman, while Ravi K Chandran was the cinematographer and Sreekar Prasad was the editor.
The film was simultaneously shot in Hindi as ‘Yuva’ with an entirely different cast retaining Deol, while a dubbed version in Telugu, ‘Yuva’ was also released. The film was produced by Ratnam’s home banner, Madras Talkies and was released on 21 May 2004 to positive reviews from the audience, and it gained recognition over the years, becoming a classic and a cult film in Tamil cinema.
The film’s knot: A goon, who dreams of making it big in life, a student leader, who strives to keep politicians away from college election and a third guy who wants to settle abroad. Their lives change after an incident on a bridge.
‘Ko’ is a 2011 film directed by K V Anand, starring Jiiva, Ajmal Ameer, Karthika Nair and Piaa Bajpai. The film was released on 22 April 2011 to mostly positive reviews, and was dubbed into Telugu as ‘Rangam’. This movie was a blockbuster and had 175 days theatrical run. A sequel to the film released on 13 May 2016 with a different crew and cast titled as ‘Ko 2’ directed by Sarath.
The film was remade in Bengali in 2013 as ‘Kanamachi’. The film was also later dubbed into Hindi as ‘The Real Leader’ and released in 2018 by Goldmines Telefilms. The movie received nominations for six Filmfare Awards South and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
And the knot: Ashwin, a famous photographer, works with Renuka, an investigative journalist. When one of their colleagues, Saro, gets killed during a political meet, Ashwin and Renuka decide to investigate.
‘NOTA’ is a 2018 movie directed by Anand Shankar. It stars Vijay Deverakonda, making his debut in Tamil cinema and Mehreen Pirzada, in the lead roles.
Produced by Studio Green, this film has Sam C S as the music director while Ravi K Chandran’s son, Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran handled the cinematography. The film was adapted from novel ‘Vettattam’ by Shan Karuppusamy who is also involved in the film’s screenplay.
The knot: Varun is a Video Game Designer living in the UK. He is made the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, after his dad resigns the post. Varun, who has no idea about all this, accepts for it. How he changes things in the State after that forms the crux.