Rainy film about Vijay Setupati, which has half a dozen releases in the coming months. Last seen as an antagonist in Tamil Master, Vijay Setupati plays an ambitious politician. Who will do anything which to get a party seat in Tuglak Durbar. A largely predictable but entertaining political comedy with twists that will divide you. Delhi debutant Prasad Dinadayal reverses a typical pattern of political satire with a whimsical plot.
What if our politicians had a conscience that prevented them from doing something terrible?
Vijay Setupati plays Singaravelon, also known as Singham, striving to become the next advisor in his field. Singham was born during a political rally and grew up thinking. That he was destined to become a politician. And do his best to win the trust of Rayapan (Partizan), a local politician.
As Singham slowly rises the party ranks and becomes a close associate of Rayappan. An unfortunate incident lands him in unusual circumstances. Singham begins to experience events where his conscience takes control and leaves him unable to do anything wrong. Throughout history, Singham has struggled with himself to control his life and fulfil his political ambitions.
Without making a direct political comedy about corrupt politicians. Director Deenadayal gives the philosophy of “doing the right thing” with an exciting twist. The idea of multiple personalities turned the tried and tested pattern of political satire on its head. This is the story of the man (who finally has a conscience).
Who finds himself in an inner struggle with himself. He only uses politics as a backdrop to question the morals of a man. Who has just been elected to serve the people. This film never makes fun of Singram’s condition or makes him laugh. He was using it as a catalyst to find out what he was doing.
Vijay Setupati is such a prolific actor that most of his appearances are repeated. Luckily, his performance in Tughlaq Durbar is easily one of the best in recent times. As corrupt political leaders, partisans are another character that makes the Tughlaq Durbar such a delightful watch. The scenes between Partizan and Vijay Setupati are hilarious and are undoubtedly. Some of the best pairings on Tamil cinema screens in recent years.
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Tughlaq Durbar pays homage to the Tamil political comedy Amaidhi Padai at its climax.
Veteran actor Satyaraj returns to play his hugely popular character in this film. And his scene with Vijay Setupati takes the film to another level. With a very promising basic idea, this film could have been more ambitious but less satisfying. That said, Tughlaq Durbar entertains with a playful twist of familiar tropes and some awe-inspiring performances.
Director Delhiprasad Deinadayalan also has a good knack for writing comedies. Another scene with several people waiting for a call is laughter. We wanted more than that, not the director’s idea, to develop a tremendous comic setting with revolutionary colours (literally).
It doesn’t help that some of the supporting characters, except for Vasu (Karunakaran), are not well written; Manimegalai (Manjima Mohan) only seems to be thinking about what is going on. While the romantic corner with Kamatchi (Raashi Khanna) seems to be there because of him. Fortunately, there is an exciting song composed by Govind Vasanta and written by Karki at Kami Kami.
The film’s biggest USP is the intriguing cast of actors thrown into the mix; Vijay Sethupathi (showing more goals he scored in another recent edition of Laabam), Parthiban (Nakkal in it still intact) and even Sathyaraj.
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With everyone in good shape, he tries to answer the most critical question. That Kamal Haasan asks in the classic Nayakan: “Neenga nallavara kettavara?”