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Kodambakkam Movie review
AAA movies International banner produce Kodambakkam and this is their second movie after Kadhal.com. This is also the second movie for the director Jagaanjee, (an associate of Cheran) after Pudhiya Geethai, which was also an offbeat film.
Kodambakkam is about the aspirations and dreams, trials and tribulations of the persons in the film industry, with particular attention to the persons behind the scenes in Chennai. A change of background and language will make this theme, plot and story relevant to the film industry in Hyderabad or Mumbai, or possibly anywhere else.
It is in the Chennai area of Kodambakkam, the hub of the film world that dreams are made daily. Dreams are the stuff that movies are made of; every day, thousands or persons come from their homes with stars in their eyes and hopes of becoming stars one day. This is the story of one such talented dreamer, a wannabe director who wants to make an offbeat film.
Sugavannan (Nanda) leaves home and comes in Chennai, dreaming of becoming a famous director one day. His ladylove Dhanam (Dhiya) from his hometown had encouraged him to strive hard and achieve his dreams. At Chennai, in the studios in and around Kodambakkam, he faces various obstacles, and has to face ridicule, poverty, challenges and difficulties. But with encouragement from Puli Kumar (Ramesh Khanna), a production manager, Sugavanann meets various producers and narrates his scripts about his dream project, an offbeat film. Unsurprisingly, no producer would like to risk his money on an offbeat film by an unknown director.
Lady Luck smiles on Sugavanann in the form of a rich person, a landlord named Rasappa Goundar (Manivannan), who has no knowledge of films, but has huge funds to invest. Puli Kumar and Sugavanann successfully convince Rasappa Goundar to produce a film, promising unsurpassed wealth and fame; Sugavanann’s pet project is conceived, and the gestation begins; Preethi (Thejashri), a popular Bollywood star is selected as the heroine. This gives scope to entertain by showing some glamour and the mannerisms of some actors. Then follows the ups and downs of film-making, the difficulties and heartbreaks, the untruths and half-lies, the agonies and the ecstasies.
After facing all the difficulties, the movie is finally completed, only to lead to the next crisis; there are no distributors willing to buy the untested offbeat film of an unknown director. Undeterred, Puli Kumar and Sugavannan decide to release the movie on their own. What happens next? What other crises do they have to face? Do they break even, or do they hit the jackpot? Does Sugavannan become famous or notorious? See the movie and find out.
Nanda looks natural and comfortable; his acting is totally natural, his dialogues are well-delivered, and his role is completely believable; we empathise with him in the midst of his problems. Dhiya, the heroine, plays a rural “no-glamour” role, and has fulfilled her role very well. Thejashri plays a Bollywood heroine, provides glamour and has mimicked the mannerisms that some actors are notorious for. Manivannan and Ramesh Khanna are truly impressive, totally natural in their action, dialogues, accents, and movement. They provide pathos, bathos and comedy in equal measure.
Music by Sirpy adds to the charm of the film; the songs are fun to hear, and should become popular. U.K. Senthil Kumar's cinematography adds strength to this offbeat movie.
All in all, director Jagaanjee has done a commendable job in creating this offbeat movie, whose plot is the making of an offbeat movie. We are confident this will be appreciated by all movie lovers, since this gives them a chance to know what happens behind the scenes of movie-making.