Director: CS Amudhan
But make no mistake though. This is a necessary film. Its willingness to let nobody off the hook is truly refreshing. Not even Modi is immune. One character actually responds in shock to this brazenness, and says, “Idhu romba over da.” The film makes jokes about some pretty big names in the film industry too, and in times like these, the importance of a film like this getting made and being allowed as wide a release, cannot be understated.
In a film like this, the story was always going to be fairly perfunctory. Given that the emphasis is on the small gags that populate this film, you get that the story here is simply meant to be a loose thread that runs through every attempted joke. From time to time though, especially during the barren stretches of the second half, this lack of story strength becomes particularly conspicuous. At one point, you move from an Irudhi Suttru gag — which in repetition doesn’t work at all — to some rescue scene seemingly inspired by Speed. Before you know it, there’s an item song, and I remember thinking how convenient it is for the makers that they could simply call it a dig at the item-number-ritual in our cinema. Perhaps they should have reversed the roles, and had maybe a man perform the song — like they do with the breakup song rather effectively. But as it exists, the Kasturi song is a letdown, and becomes the very fault it’s supposed to be taking a dig at.
This sequel doesn’t just rely on Tamil cinema material. Hollywood is a substantial provider too. Apart from Speed, there’s Terminator, Forrest Gump… During one stretch, the heroine dresses up as Daenerys from Game of Thrones. Someone else is dressed up as Tyrion in the scene, while actors Shiva and Satish, wearing the garb of ancient sages, face off in a dance battle. Somewhere, from being a farcical comedy that takes clever, calculated digs, Tamizh Padam 2 almost turns into a Halloween party. The mere transformation of our actors for likeness, is thought to be enough… but isn’t. Take the spoof of the Vedalam fight scene for instance. There’s a small, funny dig at why the thugs don’t really shoot at Shiva’s exposed legs, but that’s too small a payoff for the elaborate recreation of the scene. Shiva who, at one point in the film, takes digs at his acting ability — or the lack of it — tries to do the famous Ajith transformation scene. That’s truly when you realise that from being Lollu Sabha, TP2 had turned into an elaborately staged Konjam Nadinga Boss.