Note: Originally written in October 2015
In a very visceral way, this film's last 15 minutes bring everything that was in the proceedings of the flick before then to a full circle. The characters find unusual redemption, the story finds a climactic excellence and the background score, a scintillating crescendo. These 15 minutes pack so much, in a very right fashion, that elsewhere through the flick feel like haphazard intrusions. This is when, in a nice surge, one realizes how the entire flick was so deliberately narrated, with its tonal variances, its cut-aways, flashbacks and flash-forwards, et al. Karthik Subbaraj, is more Danny Boyle than Quentin Tarantino, in this amusingly funny, yet gritty pulp flick. And that is a good thing, coz he manages to give the flick oodles full of heart. Siddharth plays his usual self, where he is not a humongous asset to the flick but a driving force for yet another good indie script to come to fruition. The soundtrack and camera work are part grungy part melancholic, yet very beautiful. Bobby Simha received a well deserved National Award for Best Supporting Actor for the flick. And it is him, spearheading everything else, that makes those 15 minutes and then, in retrospect, the rest of the flick so damn endearing. "Jigarthanda" is now streaming for free on Youtube.
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