Kodi review:Solid political drama

Kodi review:Solid political drama



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 28 October 2016

Movie Title

Kodi review:Solid political drama


Durai Senthilkumar

Star Cast

Dhanush, Trisha, Anupama,

Kodi is about the extent people will go to, driven by a greed for power and a thirst for revenge. Director Durai Senthilkumar entertains us with powerful characterization and  a flawless screenplay. As a story, this revenge drama has nothing new to offer but it is Durai's presentation that stands out. He has extracted the best from his actors and provided ample space to prove their acting prowesses.

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Kodi and Anbu (both effectively played by Dhanush) are twins, the former is a loyalist to a political party like his dad and the latter is an innocent professor and a obedient son to his mom (Saranya Ponvannan). Interestingly Kodi is deeply in love with Rudhra (Trisha) , an ambitious young politician from the opposite political party.

For Kodi and Rudhra, politics and their relationship are completely different that they prefer to not complicate things. In bypoll election, circumstances make Rudhra and Kodi as MLA candidates from their respective political parties. The tense political situation kindle Rudhra's ego that at one point of time, she even murders Kodi to embrace the powerful throne.

The drama gets even more interesting when Rudhra is forced to sacrifice her MLA seat to Kodi's brother Anbu. After winning the bypoll elections, Anbu totally changes that he acts opposite to Rudhra's wish and he also makes intelligent moves to find the murderer of his brother. From there the cat and mouse game begins...

The first half of Kodi travels like an usual commercial entertainer but slowly the film turns into a classy political thriller, especially in the second half. Rarely do we see a heroine have a meaty role and here Trisha gets that long awaited opportunity. The actor plots silently and is the face of calm even in the most tense moments. It’s that rare performance that is calculated, effective and one of her career best.

For a powerful performer like Dhanush, Kodi is a cakewalk and he carries both the roles with maturity and elegance. Kodi works mainly, because of the gripping good vs evil war, the confrontation scenes in the intermission and climax.

Anupama Parameswaran fits the bill as the homely girl while actor Kaali grabs our attention as a loyal friend to Dhanush. Saranya Ponvannan played as loveable mom once again and as usual, there is no mistake from her end.

Cinematography by Venkatesh is perfect for a political drama capturing minute expressions of the actors while Santhosh Narayanan's background score rightly sets the tense mood.

Overall Kodi is &deliciously dramatic, and packed with sinister twists and turns with superb performances and solid writing.

Verdict: Solid political drama

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