Feb 14 2017
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!
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