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Jigarthanda DoubleX: SJ Suryah’s character development to his biggest fear, 3 revelations by director Karthik Subbaraj

Jigarthada DoubleX director Karthik Subbaraj recently opened up about the making of his critically acclaimed movie and made some interesting revelations

Jigarthanda DoubleX: SJ Suryah’s character development to his biggest fear, 3 revelations by director Karthik Subbaraj
Jigarthanda DoubleX is a sequel to Karthik Subbaraj's acclaimed movie Jigarthanda

Last Updated: 06.29 PM, Nov 17, 2023


Acclaimed filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj has once again impressed Tamil cinema audiences across the world with his latest outing, Jigarthanda DoubleX. The action comedy movie, which stars Raghava Lawrence and SJ Suryah in lead roles, managed to recreate the magic of its pre quel, Jigarthanda, which was released in 2014.

In a recent interview, Karthik spoke extensively about the making of Jigarthanda DoubleX. Here are the 3 interesting revelations made by the filmmaker during the interview with the Galatta Plus YouTube channel:

*Spoilers ahead*

The connection between SJ Suryah’s character and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray

In Jigarthanda DoubleX, SJ Suryah’s character, Kirubakaran, pretends to be the assistant of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray and approaches Alliyan (played by Raghava Lawrence), who is in search of a director to make a film with him. Karthik decided to connect Suryah's character with Satyajit Ray, as the other characters who are based in rural Tamil Nadu wouldn't be able to find out Kirubakaran’s truth.

If, say, he pretends to be the assistant of a legendary Tamil filmmaker, it would be easier for the other characters to find out the truth. And if that doesn’t happen in the film, it might end up as a major logical mistake.


Karthik Subbaraj’s biggest fear while making Jigarthanda DoubleX

Interestingly, the filmmaker, who is now receiving praise for the emotional quotient of Jigarthanda DoubleX, revealed that he feared the same. Karthik was doubtful if audiences would reject the movie since its prequel, Jigarthanda, focused on dark humour.

Keeping that in mind, Karthik made sure that the emotional element of the sequel never crossed a certain limit. He was very particular that his characters and situations not be melodramatic.

The idea behind Jigarthanda DoubleX

Karthik also revealed that he developed the core idea of Jigarthanda DoubleX during a visit to Kodaikanal. On his last visit there, Karthik was informed how the hill station had transformed in the last 50 years, emerging as a major tourist destination.

Before that, Kodaikanal was a regular hill station where many tribal groups lived. However, the current natives of the town revealed that most of the tribes eventually disappeared from there due to various reasons, including the changing political scenarios. This backstory motivated Karthik to work on a script, which eventually became Jigarthanda DoubleX.

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