Review: Kodi worth a watch for its universal sensibility

Published: 29th October 2016 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2016 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

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Film: Kodi Director: R S Durai Senthilkumar Cast: Dhanush, Trisha, Anupama Parameswaran, Kali Venkat, Saranya

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The plot tracks the journey of identical twins Kodi and Anbu, depicting the bonding between the siblings and of how the life of one affects the other. Director Senthilkumar reveals a maturity and focus that was missing in his earlier films (Kaaki Sattai, Ethir Neechal). 

An intriguing screenplay, well etched characters and deft treatment keeps one entertained for the most part. The police-politician-corporate nexus and the survival games played by politicians, find their place in the script. It has a strong female character in Rudra who holds centrestage as she creates havoc in the lives of the twins. 

But unfortunately, Trisha seems miscast as Rudra, the ambitious and ruthless politician. The actress fails to bring out the deeper nuances of the character.Dhanush plays the dual role of Kodi and Anbu. Anbu was a college lecturer, Dhanush trying hard to look the part. 

While Kodi was groomed from childhood to be a devoted worker of a political party, honest and sincere like his father was. As Kodi, Dhanush is eminently watchable, the dhoti-shirt attire and the bearded look lending him maturity. 

While Anbu’s encounters with Malathi an egg-seller (Anupama of Premam fame) was playful and light hearted, Kodi had an intense love affair going with Rudra. The latter like him had been groomed since childhood in the political arena. 

The dialogue has a natural flow, the power play between the two interestingly sketched. The film, simple in its take, has a universal sensibility and despite its glitches is worth a watch.

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