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Political potboilers F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

The country has just completed its election process, with the counting of votes polled in seven phases taking place on Thursday. Voters have delivered their verdict and it is now up to the new government to deliver its promises.

Tamil cinema has a close connection to politics, for the film industry here has so far produced five Chief Ministers- Annadurai, Karunanidhi, MGR, Janaki and Jayalalithaa. This week, in tune with the election mood, Mykollywood takes a look at some of the political potboilers delivered by Kollywood.

MUDHALVAN

It is a 1999 film written, produced and directed by S Shankar. The film features Arjun Sarja, Manisha Koirala and Raghuvaran in the lead roles with Manivannan, Vijayakumar and Hanifa portraying other significant roles.

The film 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 gets his first interview with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Pughazhendi asks tougher questions, and the Chief Minister starts trembling and asks him to put his money where his mike is, and become his replacement CM for a day.

After initially rejecting the offer, Pughazh agrees and does such a great job on his first day, that the actual cabinet collapses and fresh elections are held, where state voters eventually elect him to be their new official Chief Minister. The subsequent unpopularity and jealousy that the old Chief Minister goes through results in him taking revenge on Pugazhendi, and how he is stopped forms the crux of the story.

AMAIDHI PADAI

It is a 1994 Tamil political satire film, written and directed by Manivannan, who also acted in the movie. Sathyaraj played a dual role as father and son in the film, with Ranjitha playing the female lead.

The story revolves around an ordinary man who builds his political career through short routes. This film is touted as one of Sathyaraj’s best performances till date.

The film was followed by the sequel ‘Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA’ in 2013. ‘Amaidhi Padai’ went on to run more than 25 weeks and was declared a blockbuster. Over the recent years, this film developed a strong cult following and is regarded as an ingenious visionary political satire film.

MAKKAL AATCHI

It is a 1995 film directed by R K Selvamani. The film features Mammootty in the lead role and Roja, Aishwarya, Anandaraj and Livingston in supporting roles.

The movie was dubbed in Malayalam as ‘Ente Naadu’. The movie created a sensation at that time as it criticised the then State government led by J Jayalalithaa.

NAM NAADU

It is a 2007 Tamil film starring Sarath Kumar and Karthika Mathew in lead roles and is the remake of the Malayalam film ‘Lion’. The film was dubbed in Hindi as ‘Hukumat Ki Jung 2’.

The story is about Aalavandhar (Nassar) a corrupt politician who holds the post as Education minister and wants to become the Chief Minister. He is supported by his sons-in-law, Sathya (Charan Raj) ex-IPS Officer who runs a finance company and Ilamaran (Ponvannan) IAS officer, the district collector.

With the idea of his in-laws, Aalavandhar tries to disturb peace in state and make situation against the CM. However, his son Muthazhagu (Sarath Kumar) a honest youth wing leader of the same ruling party learns and opposes the move of his father and he stands by and for the people.

By Naveen

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