Title: Tughlaq Durbar
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, R Parthiban, Raashi Khanna, Manjima Mohan, Karunakaran, Bhagavathi Perumal
Director: Delhi Prasad Deenadayalan
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: Singaravelan (Vijay Sethupathi) is an aspiring politician and Rayappan (Parthiban), a local politician is his inspiration from childhood. Just when Singaravelan’s political plans are starting to work out, an unexpected incident occurs after which he falls into a troublesome situation. What is that situation and how did he come out of it forms the rest of the story.
Performances: This film has two incredible actors like Vijay Sethupathi and Parthiban in central roles but it is sad to see that both haven’t been utilised to the best of their capabilities. They have done their parts well without a doubt but they have already put out similar performances in the past. So, firstly there is no freshness in their characterisations and secondly, their comedy timing and sarcasm haven’t been used effectively. Raashi Khanna and Manjima Mohan are totally wasted in very small roles. Karunakaran and Bhagavathi Perumal are good in supporting roles.
Technicalities: Camerawork is rich. Govind Vasantha’s songs are okay but background score lacks the punch. Editing could have been sharper. Production values are good.
Analysis: The story of the film is quite interesting though not entirely new. Using this alter ego theme in a political comedy is a good idea but it’s the execution that has let down a good idea. The film started off well and showed a lot of promise and also offered some decent fun in the first hour. But, after a point, the fun factor went completely missing and the screenplay became dull and flat. The climax was hilarious and the film needed more such sequences to become a fun-filled ride but that opportunity has been wasted. The hero transformation and emotional connect are weak and clichéd. A good idea, two powerful lead actors and some fun moments is all that is offered by this film ultimately.
On a whole: Tughlaq Durbar fails to capitalise on a good script and talented actors and ends up as just an okay watch.