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3 years of Tamizh Padam 2: A parody that spared nobody

A parody movie directed by CS Amudhan continues the story of Shiva, a daring police officer

Alfred Francis
Jul 13, 2021
 
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A Promo poster of Tamizh Padam 2 featuring Sathish and Shiva

A film which trolls anything moving; Tamizh Padam duology could be called that. In Tamizh Padam 2, which released in 2018, director CS Amudhan and actor Shiva use every kind of artistic liberty to troll characters from Game of Thrones to Tamil Nadu politics.

     Tamizh Padam 2 continues the story of Shiva, a daring police officer who takes on the underworld. In the first film he defeated his grand-mother, an underworld don who wanted Shiva to become a police officer. In Tamizh Padam 2, Shiva is in pursuit of his wife’s killer, P who transforms into metallic liquid after getting shot. You guessed it, a copy of the beloved franchise Terminator.

The viewer would notice that a dance off similar to that between Prabhudeva and Nagma is happening, but with Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones as a spectator. Not only that, she seems starstruck by the stumbling steps of the hero and is mesmerized by the dance. And the choreography, although the steps resemble Bharathanatyam in the beginning gradually it becomes break dance.

But the tirade of parody does not stop there. From Ambala to Yennai Arinthaal, A-Z list of blockbusters which released after the prequel got a mention in the sequel.

In addition to movie parody, celebrities who portray revolutionaries in films being silent in real life were also scoffed at. As you can see in this 40 second teaser, O Paneerselvam, then CM of Tamil Nadu was also made fun of. He was mocked for his over emotional speech during the oath-taking ceremony after J Jayalalithaa’s demise.   

Tamizh Padam 2, like its prequel, is a compilation of parody sketches of blockbuster films, events and persons. Tamizh Padam was largely focussed on ridiculing the superhuman power of heroes in masala movies. It even made a mockery out of the “revival of hero in climax” cliche of Kollywood films.

The film's prequel Tamizh Padam was groundbreaking in its debut as a parody. It portrayed caricaturish images of stereotypes and publicly scoffed at it and laughed at heroes for acting in roles which are too young for them by using MS Bhaskar and Manobala as the ‘youth’ friends of the hero. 

Both films are a daring venture into the world of spoof. To parody every moving thing is an impressive feat and Amudhan and Shiva achieved it. Not to mention that they helped in breaking the iconoclastic tone of the South films. Tamizh Padam 2 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and is also available in Google Play.

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