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From Amaidhi Padai to LKG; 6 Tamil political satires to watch

Alfred Francis

Alfred Francis
Jul 17, 2021

Ridicule is one of the powerful forms of criticism. A satire is an artistic ridicule of someone or something. Tamil political satire films address issues directly, naming them and the cause. Tamil political satire could be traced back to M.G.R. films such as Veettuku Mappilai, Aayirathil Oruvan etc.

Here is a list of handpicked Tamil political satires

1
Amaidhi Padai
7.8OTTplay Rating
Written by Manivannan, the film portrays the rise and fall of a ruthless and cunning politician. Sathyaraj plays Amavasi, a crooked man who joins as a crony in a politician's gang and rises up to crush him. A seasoned Sathyaraj perfectly depicts Amavasi who doesn't have regrets over his actions. The film also criticised the caste system and religions as systems deliberately created by leaders to subjugate their people by fear and separatism.
2
Mudhalvan
8.4OTTplay Rating
Pugazh (Arjun) is a journalist who accidentally gets footage about CM’s involvement in a conspiracy behind a revolt. He uses this in an interview to question Aranganathar, the CM. Aranganathar challenges him to be CM for one day and then judge him. Pugazh accepts the challenge and people love him as CM, even for one day and they ask him to contest in the elections. The interview scene in the movie later became a meme during the Modi-Karan Thapar interview. It was remade in Hindi as Nayak.
3
Saguni
4.4OTTplay Rating
Kamalakannan (Karthi) comes to Chennai in hope of getting aid for free-meal service in his village. But he is disillusioned by the politicians who only makes promises for votes. So he decides to change the system. With his street smart methods he is up against political analysts and veteran politicians. He selects a rude but kind money-lender Ramani (Raadhika) as Mayor candidate. Santhanam and Karthi shine in the movie with their natural comedic charm and sharp dialogues.
4
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai
6OTTplay Rating
The film starring Arya and Vijay Sethupathi presents a tragic political satire. Vijay Sethupathi is the hangman assigned to hang Arya, an activist who is part of an extremist political faction. the former is also hired by this political faction to fake the hanging and save their comrade. In the process both of them get close and the hangman starts to feel guilty.
5
LKG
7.4OTTplay Rating
Lalgudi Karupaoah Gandhi or LKG (RJ Balaji) is a ward councillor who wishes to be big in politics. He is ready to go any distance for his aim. To do that he hires a PR agency that does public stunts and grovels before politicians. But he realises before it is too late that being a politician and winning an election requires more than media attention. At this point, the viewer might be expecting a change in his attitude. But LKG is a realistic political satire. The choice he makes is unexpected.
6
Mandela
8.6OTTplay Rating
Ilicha Vaayan (Yogi Babu) is usually ignored by the villagers of Soorangudi. But the Panchayath election is totally dependent on him. He is the tiebreaker between two warring factions in the village for the position of Panchayath President. Two candidates try to appease him and he uses this opportunity to improve the village at their expense. The movie addresses several issues such as casteism and votes bank politics. Yogi Babu, often typecast as a punchbag delivers an excellent performance in the film with sharp dialogues and subtle humour.
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