Feb 14 2017

The TN Political Drama

Published by at 11:10 pm under Politics,Tamil Cinema


It goes without saying that I’ve been watching a lot of movies but lately, the action in the Tamil Nadu political arena has provided more entertainment than all those movies combined. Yes, our movies do straddle several genres to entertain but even they would find it hard to throw in all the genre elements that TN politics has provided over the last few months.

  • Sasikala’s rise from aide to close confidant to CM-aspirant feels like a rags-to-riches story (or maybe a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story considering she was out of favor with JJ at one time before working her way back in to JJ’s confidence)
  • The mystery surrounding JJ’s death and the ensuing questions, doubts and rumors wouldn’t have been out of place at the start of an investigative thriller.
  • Sasikala and OPS shedding tears during interviews and press conferences provided the needed sentiments(AMMA sentiment!)
  • The equivalent to the hero transformation scene happened with Panneerselvam finding his voice and opposing Sasikala after the quiet, calm-before-the-storm meditation session.
  • The reports about MLAs being kidnapped, imprisoned in resorts and escaping after donning disguises seemed straight out of an action film.
  • The lead up to the results of the disproportionate assets case and the far-reaching consequences of the verdict were along the lines of a courtroom drama.
  • The terrific memes that resulted from the situation(my favorite one was about the MINI-MUM guarantee needed to become the CM when it looked like Sasikala was all set to take over the post) provided the comedy.
  • Edappadi K Palanisamy, who I have never heard of before, becoming the new AIADMK party leader and CM aspirant feels like the last-minute twist where a new character is introduced
  • OPS and Deepa joining hands is straight out of the pre-climax scene in a two-hero movie where they unite to take down the villain
  • And though it wasn’t directly related to the political turmoil, we can’t forget the massive jallikkattu protests that made it feel like we were watching a revolution movie.

Whew! I’m sure there are states that go through many years and multiple CMs without seeing even a fraction the drama we’ve seen in a couple of months. And its still not over.

Notwithstanding the presence of all the aforementioned genre elements, one could say that the whole thing is a comedy considering the farcical elements that touch every aspect of it. But the sad part is that after a comedy movie, we can simply walk out of the theater and put the film out of our minds while in this case, the happenings affect the future of an entire state and its people. I guess that makes this a dark comedy!

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “The TN Political Drama”

  1. Girish says:

    The sabatham (that slap on J’s grave) that she took today before leaving for Bangalore jail shows that Part 2 of this drama is in making :)

  2. Ramesh says:

    Brilliant write-up. Total ROFL, Balaji. It would be interesting to see which of our Tamil stars turn up for a remake of the events 😛

    I guess OPS and Sasikala’s regular visit to JJ’s grave for “advice” – also throws in some supernatural elements.

    Also not forgetting the alleged karagattam show that the MLAs enjoyed at the beach resort – there’s your item number!

  3. Harish says:

    you have forgotten the following in your screenplay. Padatula oru kuthu paatu illa, foreign location illa… epdi saar odum???

    – Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the hospital
    — Subsequent visit at the death ceremony and SMILING (https://goo.gl/pT4I3P)

    – Narendra Modi’s hug (the song selifie pulla starts playing at this point)

    – OPS and MKS caught red-handed

    – Who do you think are the actors that will play these roles (Vadivukarasi for Sasi, any other suggestions?)

  4. Balaji says:

    Girish, the drama seems to be increasing with every passing day!

    Ramesh, both those were brilliant ideas, particularly the item number :)

    Harish, kuthu paattu Ramesh has given the idea for. But indha madhiri gripping screenplay irundha don’t need all that :)

    the one actor I immediately thought of was Rajkiran for OPS. Have to put some thought into others :)

  5. Jordan says:

    “The equivalent to the hero transformation scene happened with Panneerselvam finding his voice and opposing Sasikala after the quiet, calm-before-the-storm meditation session.” This sounds like the classic Mudhalvan interview scene, with full on “mepi pona oso siyo” BGM playing out.

  6. Ravishankar Palanivelu says:

    Brilliant write up!

    Then, there will also be a climax on Saturday (Feb. 18): the vote of confidence on the assembly floor. Will fate have some last minute surprise twists up its sleeves?

  7. Deepak says:

    Reminded of an old telugu political satire film. A film actor named “bhima rao”(parody of actor and former ap cm nt rama rao) starts a party named “trilinga desham”(his party telugu desham) and has a son in law named “indra babu”(nt rama rao’s son in law and present ap cm chandra babu)