• Sandeep Chandrasekar

Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu Movie Review

Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu stars Dinesh and Anandhi in the lead roles and is directed by debutant Athiyan Athirai. It’s produced by Pa Ranjith under the banner Neelam Productions, which has produced only one film before this; Pariyerum Perumal. 


This being a film produced by Pa Ranjith, it has many elements of caste incorporated in it and I really felt it could’ve been toned down a bit because the story doesn’t require it. The basic premise is about the remaining bombs from the World War 2 which have not yet exploded getting washed up in the shores of Chennai and nearby districts due to improper disposal of the same. On one hand we have Selvam played by Dinesh working in a metal scrapyard and on the other we have a businessman played by John Vijay who has the support of the police. One wants the bomb and the other doesn’t even recognise that it’s a bomb! There's also a lady trying to bring peace by disclosing the truth about the bombs to the public.


There are very minor details in the film which have been shown beautifully by the director. Considering it’s his first fim, it’s very impressive. For instance, a person is shown watching a video on his phone in the scrapyard. The video shows an advertisement of a steel company which is perfectly in line with the backdrop. Coincidence?


The director utilises the cinematography and editing to his advantage. In a particular scene, the director doesn’t involve any dialogues but manages to convey the thoughts of Dinesh with just two shots. It’s incredible to see this kind of a technique being used in this film. Also we see a top angle of an arguement in the scrapyard but the focus quickly shifts to the bomb keeping the camera angle intact. This in addition to Tenma’s music builds up so much thrill when we see the bomb. 


Dinesh as Selvam

The interval block is one of the best I’ve seen in any Tamil movie. It reminded me of the climax of Sathuranga Vettai where we get a top shot of Natty and the money in the centre of the frame with his wife and the rowdy going in separate directions. Similarly we have an amazing top shot of Dinesh in the centre with the love of his life being dragged away on one side and a bomb blast on the other. Athiyan uses the situation to his advantage as the smoke from the explosion paves the way for a beautiful cut for the interval. 


But this movie is not just about incredible direction, cinematography and editing. It conveys something larger than life; kind of similar to the end of Super Deluxe. There were a few things in the film that felt slighlty out of place. For example, the dance in the village festival could’ve been avoided. Some songs felt really unnecessary considering what the movie is trying to say in the end. Also Anandhi’s character though very charming, the caste element relating to her could’ve been eliminated. 


Munishkanth’s comedy serves as a breather in some serious scenes. I found some similarity with his role in Maanagaram which also has a pretty serious story but has some comedic moments. Apart from his comedy there’s also a scene involving black comedy where someone starts worshipping the bomb decorating it like a God. 


The film is more appreciable towards the end. It brings a very simple message that the bomb doesn't discriminate between a man or a woman, human or an animal, living or non-living. It just obliterates anything that comes in its way. Personally I do not like involving caste into films because though it reaches the masses, it’s not the best way creating awareness. But in this movie, it’s easy to let it slide since it has a bigger objective to convey. 


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