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Election Entertainers of Kollywood – F’day Spl. article by Naveen


Election fever has gripped the whole of the country. It’s doubly so in Tamil Nadu, where by-polls to 18 Assembly constituencies are also slated to be held on April 18, along with Parliamentary elections. 

In tune with the times, Mykollywood.com takes a look at some Tamil films which had election has their core content. Despite they being hits and flops, these movies managed to grab the attention of the audience during the time of their release.

PUDHIYA MANNARGAL
It is a 1994 Tamil film directed by Vikraman and music by A R Rahman. The film features Vikram and Mohini in the lead roles.
It was a Sleeper hit among the audiences due to the soundtrack by  Rahman and the message delivered in the movie. The film did mark Vikram as an actor to look out for, though he tasted mega success only in ‘Sethu’ that released a few years later.

AAYUTHA EZHUTHU
‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’ is a 2004 political thriller film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Trisha Krishnan, Meera Jasmine, 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 movie spoke about youngsters’ entry into politics to change the system.
JI

It is a 2005 political action drama written and directed by Linguswamy and produced by S S Chakravarthy. The film stars Ajith Kumar and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles, while the score and soundtrack are composed by Vidyasagar.

The film’s story revolved around Vasu (Ajith Kumar), a happy-go-lucky final-year college student who is forced to contest elections in the college after being persuaded by his friends Arun (Nithin Sathya) and Venkat Prabhu. He incurs the wrath of the local MLA Varadharajan (Charan Raj), whose son is studying in the same college and is also contesting the elections.

KO
It is a 2011 political thriller 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 review. 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 is about Ashwin Kumar (Jiiva), a photojournalist working for the private newspaper Dina Anjal. How he and friends create political tremors in the State is the crux of the story.

SAGUNI
‘Saguni’ is a 2012 political satire film directed by Shankar Dayal and produced by S R Prabhu. The film features Karthi and Pranitha in the lead roles, while Santhanam, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raadhika, and Nassar appear in supporting roles. 

Dubbed versions of the film were released in Telugu and Hindi as ‘Shakuni’ (2012) and ‘Rowdy Leader’ (2016) respectively. The film starts with the demise of CM (Satyamoorthy), a political plot produced by R. K. Boopathi (Prakash Raj). Then, we are introduced to Kamalakannan (Karthi), who tells his story to auto driver Rajini Appadurai (Santhanam).

KODI
It is a 2016 political action thriller film written and directed by R S Durai Senthilkumar and produced by Vetrimaaran under his banner Grass Root Film Company. 

The film stars Dhanush, Trisha Krishnan and Anupama Parameswaran. Dhanush played dual roles for the first time. The film’s music and background score were composed by Santhosh Narayanan,
Kodi and Anbu (both played by Dhanush) have different personalities: while one is into politics, the other is a pacifist. But a twist in their fates causes one to adopt the other’s life and seek revenge.

SARKAR
I
t is an 2018 action drama film written and directed by A R Murugadoss, and produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures. 

The dialogues were co-written by Murugadoss and B Jeyamohan. The film stars Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi. 

It follows Sundar Ramaswamy, a non-resident Indian (NRI) who arrives in India from the United States to cast his vote in the election, only to find his vote has already been recorded as cast. 

Ramaswamy raises awareness against electoral fraud among the masses, and decides to contest as a nonpartisian politician in the elections.

By Naveen

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