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APTLY TITLED: Kodambakkam

Kodambakkam

Genre: Family drama
Director: Jaganji
Cast: Nanda, Diya, Tejasvi, Ramesh Kanna, Manivannan
Storyline: Sugavanam comes to the city to become a film director, but it's not going to be easy.
Bottomline: It is not all glam and glitter.

It's not a never-before-handled theme. From the four-decade old `Kadhalikka Naeramillai,' to the fairly recent `Kandukondain Kandukondain' various dimensions of filmmaking (as a theme) have been handled in Tamil cinema. Joining the league is AAA Movies International's `Kodambakkam' (U). The film showcases the plight of innumerable assistant directors struggling to find a foothold in cinema through the story of its hero Sugavanam.

Like most aspiring filmmakers Sugavanam (Nanda) comes to the city to make a name in cinema. His friend (Ramesh Kanna) helps him find a producer (Manivannan) who hardly knows the ropes.

Story and screenplay writer and director Jaganji projects with empathy the hurdles, anxieties, tension and trauma of filmmakers.

After a hiatus

Nanda returns after quite a while with `Kodambakkam.' The young hero, who had showed much promise in `Mounam Paesiyadhae' and `Punnagai Poovae,' acquits himself quite creditably in the emotional sequences. Barring the duet Diya is a fully clad heroine this time. Manivannan is at home in the role of a novice in film production, caught in a quagmire that threatens to drown him. The scene where he breaks down to his wife over phone speaks a lot about his talent. A significant part has come Ramesh Kanna's way after a very long time and he utilises the opportunity well. Funny and serious, caring and tough all at once, Kanna does justice to the part he plays.

Kalairani, who plays the hero's mother, is too theatrical, and Muthukalai's portrayal is downright irritating. There's a limit to what a viewer can take in the name of humour. As if to make up for it comes the natural hilarity of `Karuppu' Raja. Tejasvi suits the role of the Mumbai heroine (in Sugavanam's film), whose tantrums affect the film unit as a whole.

Bleak aspects

Inconsistency in characterisation is a negating aspect of `Kodambakkam.' Till the hero flares up on the sets and makes the future bleak for himself and the others around him, there is no clue to the fact that he is hot-tempered. So you are perplexed when a friend tells Sugavanam that he had always been telling him to curb his anger! And until friend and production manager (Ramesh Kanna) pledges his jewels to help Sugavanam, the two are not shown as very close pals. The words of the song `Nee Oru Super Figure' are particularly juvenile. Sticking to Tamil is the least the lyricist (Vijaysagar) could have done.

It is Jaganji's second attempt after the Vijay starrer `Pudhiya Geethai.' In typical commercial format, `Kodambakkam' brings the foibles of the film fraternity to the fore. The maker doesn't need big names to back him this time, as he is on familiar ground.

MRN

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