Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (SPOILERS): A Story With No Heroes

This is a really brilliant concept for a film.  An intellectual exercise more than anything.  I encourage you to watch it straight through once without knowing what is coming, but I also suspect it might turn out to be more entertaining when you know what is coming and can watch how it is built.  If you want to maintain the surprise, you can read my No Spoilers review.

Whole plot:

Prakash Raj is a gangster with 3 sons: the enforcer, the businessman, and the wild one.  Arvind Swamy is the oldest, he spends his days leaning on people and threatening or killing them.  Arun Vijay is making deals for the family in Dubai.  And Silambarasan is the youngest, smuggling drugs and guns in eastern Europe.  Prakash and his wife Jayasudha are ambushed in their car and injured by a bomb.  The three sons gather along with their wives, Jyothika who is Arvind’s wife and cousin, daughter of the family’s trusted advisor Jayasudha’s brother.  And Aishwarya Rajesh as the smooth internationally connected wife of Arun.  Vijay Sethupathi, a disgraced cop on suspension and Arvind’s old friend from school, starts hanging around them and Jyothika puts him on retainer to help protect Arvin.  The brothers jockey for position and then decide to join together and attack Thiagarajan who is the rival gangster in the city.  Arvind orders the killing of his son-in-law.  In return, Thiagarajan sets attacks on all 3 of the sons.  And then Prakash Raj recovers and comes home and brokers peace.  The two younger sons leave, back to their lives, and Prakash tells Jayasudha that he knows one of their sons is the one who ordered the attack.  Jayasudha is torn by doubts but doesn’t know if she wants to know.  And Prakash dies suddenly of a heart attack before he can tell her any more.  INTERVAL

In the second half, the brothers are all suspicious of each other following their father’s death, as their is no clear heir to his power.  Arun can’t come back and asks for the funeral to be held over for a day.  Simbu has just gotten married to his girlfriend in Europe and puts off coming home.  Arvind goes through the funeral rites alone and begins to doubt his brothers.  He instead relies on his friend Vijay Sethupathi.  In Europe, Simbu’s new wife is killed by a sniper who he chases and kills with a quick neck snap.  Simbu then goes to Dubai and asks Arun to join him and take down Arvind, Arvind who helpd back money from Arun as punishment for not coming to the funeral and (Simbu things) ordered the hit on his wife.  Arun isn’t sure, but meanwhile in his apartment armed men sneak in, are confronted by Aishwarya, and then leave.  The police arrive, and find a bag full of drugs that the men planted.  Aishwarya is put in jail.  Arun is sure it is Arvind who did it and now is ready to join Simbu.  They come back to Chennai where Simbu pays off Vijay Sethupathi to work with him instead of Arvind, and then takes Aditi hostage while Arun kills their uncle.  Arun also arranges for the henchmen to be sent on a wild goose chase to an abandoned factory where he can try to win them over to his side.  Arvind realizes he is under attack and sends their sister and her husband and their newborn along with all the children off to safety.  Jyothika is shot in a gun battle, Arvind rushes her to a hospital and confesses that he was the one who ordered the first ambush on Prakash Raj, because he was sick of working for his father and never for himself.  And then Jyothika dies.  Arvind arranges one last meeting with Arun and Simbu through Vijay.  Arun shoots Arvind for what he did to their father and arranging the arrest of Aishwarya.  Simbu shoots Arun, suspecting him of killing his wife.  And then he asks Vijay to join him.  Vijay finally speaks his piece, pulling out a hidden gun and shooting Simbu after telling him how much he hates crime and criminals and that is why he is a police officer.  And then calls his superior with the three bodies behind him to reveal that the operation was a success.  Over the end credits in quick flashes, we see documents of Vijay’s final report revealing how he was working all along to turn them on each other, bring down the gang from within with minimal casualties.

 

This is a very well-made film.  The music, of course, is good.  Following the pattern of the more recent Ratnam/Rahman films, the songs weave in and out of the plot instead of being set aside.  As moods appear and reappear, the same refrain will play.  They are still very very clever, the lyrics and mood working on multiple levels.  For instance, the recurring fight song says “as I drop one sword I pick up another”.  Which seems to be about the way the brothers keep fighting each other, but in fact is about how Vijay works any angle he can to drive family disunity.

It is not the peak that Ratnam is possible of, Kaatru Velidiyai even was more beautiful and inventive.  But very well-made.  Little things, like almost all the Dubai scenes are on boats, which no doubt was easier to film and allowed him clean contained locations.  Or big things, like the brilliance of Vijay driving the car in circles by the side of a cliff in the end, a visual metaphor for how he drove this family around in circles as they teetered on the top of a cliff.  It’s no Kadal or even Mouna Ragam where I could feel him reaching for a visual and not quite being able to grasp it.  The only thing I might have felt him reaching for was an alternative plot.

There was an alternative twist possible at the end of the film.  One I almost thought the film was nodding towards.  Early on, suspicion falls on the brother’s uncle because they explain that Prakash Raj killed his father and destroyed their family.  The uncle turns out to be innocent, but it came to my mind that this could be setting up Jyothika or Jayasudha as the mastermind.  Jayasudha’s family was destroyed and she was forced to marry the victor in the struggle.  Than her niece who she raised was married into the same family, to her son.  We see the strain in both their marriages, Jayasudha and Jyothika.  Could it be that the two woman worked together to destroy their family?  But no, that’s not the answer.

Jyothika’s death scene laughs at that idea.  All along she refused to leave Arvind alone, no matter how far into danger he ran.  And at the end she laughs at herself, that she thought she was some kind of Kali to protect him.  In another movie, that would be what she was, his strong protector or else the avenger for her family.  But in this film, she is just a woman, a woman who can be shot and killed like anyone else.

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In my No Spoilers review I really struggled on how to critique the film for not giving us a main character to care about without revealing that the purpose of the film was, in fact, to not give us a main character to care about.  The whole film feels odd because the narrative gives us no sympathetic point of view character.  Every time it feels like we have found one, that goes away.  Arvind is the hardworking older son, with the strong wonderful wife, trusted by his father to take over.  But he also shoots a man in cold blood for cheating him out of some money, and has a shallow relationship with his mistress Aditi, all sex and giggles and posturing, nothing that makes us sympathetic with his decision to cheat on his wife.  Arun is softer and kinder, the son who helps his mother out of her bandages and saves his children when they are attacked.  But he is strangely cocky and egotistical, obsessed with business, and willing to miss his father’s funeral for a business deal.  Simbu is the forgotten youngest son, the one on the frontlines taking risks.  But he is smuggling drugs in order to buy guns, a bad business all around.  And he is quick to pull a gun and considers killing a female hostage in an early gun chase (something Arun shies away from).

It starts in the very first scene.  Jayasudha and Prakash Raj are an older couple going to temple together on their anniversary, this should be sweet and loving.  But instead Prakash tries to jolly Jayasudha along and she sticks in occasional little barbs about his mistresses, and how their years of marriage together have involved a lot of lies and infidelity.  Mani Ratnam refuses to let us idealize these people.  Prakash is not a sweet old man with a sweet wife, he is unpleasant and corrupt man who is faithless to all around him.  And the film goes from there, any time we want to see Arvind as a true lover torn between two women, we are reminded that his affair with Aditi is a matter of her enjoying being with a powerful man, play acting at interviewing him, and him enjoying an escape from his life, no love there.  If we want Simbu to he the pure lover, we are reminded that he is also a gun smuggler.  If Arun is the sensible and sensitive one, he is also the one who is money mad.

(Simbu gets a love song, but he’s also an unrepentant drug and gun smuggler)

The whole film is strange that way, as I said in the other review the only characters you really get inside of, the only ones you truly care for, are the women.  Jyothika especially she has many moments of perspective, of us watching her face and seeing the tiny signs of emotion in response to what is happening and relating to her.  Jayasudha has several wonderful moments early on, that first scene in the car, later watching her sons snipe at each other while her bandages are removed, and then trying to deal with her husbands accusation that it is one of their sons that tried to have them killed.  She drops off in the second half but comes back with a vengeance at the end of the film when she insists on meeting with Simbu to try to make peace.  Even Aishwarya has her little moment, we see her with her children in Dubai, helping them with home work before bed, then confronting armed men to protect them, and finally coldly angrily confronting Arun in jail, telling him to send her children to London and that he should be in there, not her.  We even have the young sister of the brothers, she barely has a role, but we see her clearly recently post birth, fragile holding her tiny baby.  And yet all of these women are shunted aside.  Jyothika is killed, Aditi is captured and then released and forgotten, even Jayasudha agrees to be a hostage with Simbu after Simbu gives her a pitiful plea to come first for once, and then is never seen again.  Aishwarya is left behind in her jail in Dubai.  Why are the only characters who actually seem like real breathing humans that we can relate to so constantly sidelined?  In favor of other characters that, no matter how you try, you can never quite find yourself to care for.

Partly because there are those other people who don’t quite reach the level of “characters” but who you can’t quite forget.  The men that Arvind kills, the young girl being sold into prostitution, Ratnam’s sympathetic eye turns towards them, a quiet reminder of the price of all this crime in the city.  The people who truly deserve sympathy.

And then in the end, suddenly, the whole film is flipped and turned around.  We are watching these people as Vijay Sethupathi sees them.  And to his eyes, they are criminals and innocent victims.  His dead father, riddled with bullets, versus his mother who killed herself.  Leaving him, the child, to be raised with a burning anger for crime and desire to cleanse his city.  There is a photo of the family, at the christening of the daughter’s new baby.  It looks like a family photo, like a moment of happiness that we will look back on in sorrow later.  But now we see it from Vijay’s perspective, these are his targets, all the people he has to clean out of his city.

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Arvind and Arun and Simbu, they are criminals who need to be cleansed.  They may be humans with family and friends, but it doesn’t matter, they are criminals and deserve to be destroyed.  Jyothika and Jayasudha and Aishwarya, they are innocent bystanders, they should be cut out and removed from the picture as much as possible.

And so that is the version we see.  All of these people like bugs under a microscope, their interactions and personalities studied so as to be exploited, controlled.  The ones who are innocent, who do not deserve a part in it, they are ignored or contained.  The others, they are left to desperately struggle to be free as all their sins catch up to them.

I need to watch the film again, especially the end credits where it is all written out, but I am sure it will end up fitting together like clockwork.  Through out the film there were these moments without explanation.  Why did this or that happen, how did this person know that thing at that time, and so on.  And once you fill in the empty space, the hidden saboteur who is using non-lethal clever tricks to keep the misunderstandings coming, suddenly it all falls into place.  The assassin was delivered tied to the gate of Arvind Swamy’s house but still breathing so that Arvind could panic and read the message that someone knew he was the one who sent the assassin.  Aishwarya was arrested in this tidy fashion so that she could be safe in a jail in Dubai, and her children sent off to London far away from all this.  Jyothika and Jayasudha has a chance to leave too, with the rest of the family, but didn’t take it.  Even Aditi, her location was revealed (doubtless by Vijay Sethupathi), but she was only used as a temporary hostage and then released to disappear like the others.  And off and on through out the film we saw the police officer calling to warn the gangsters that the department was done looking the other way, they were going to end this crime wave one way or the other.  An empty threat, seemingly, until we learn that the department was backing Vijay to make it happen.

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(Really interesting character for Aditi.  She is not simply a mistress, she has her own job and pays her own way.  But her relationship with Arvind, it’s shallow, it’s an experience not a love story.  We can see why Jyothika dismisses her instead of being jealous of her.  Jyothika and Arvind, they are like one person in two bodies, we can really see the cousin relationship combined with marriage in them, same background and same upbringing and same parents long before they were married)

And of course Vijay fits together just right himself.  We see in his first scene that he is called up for violence against a campus drug dealer, and mention is made of his gangster father and mother who killed herself, leaving him to be raised by her aunt and uncle.  And then the film moves on, he is suspended and asks Arvind for help getting off suspension, and so on.  We forget that his original suspension wasn’t for bribery or misbehavior, but for beating a suspect too much, for hating criminals too much.  And we forget that the son of a dead criminal could grow up with a criminal tendency, or could grow up simply hating crime.

From there, we see him in his humble struggling middle-class household, not the house of a man who cares enough about money to take a pay off from a gangster.  We learn that he is friends with Arvind Swamy, but not an every day friend, seems to drift in and out of his life.  He also has an almost superhuman ability to gain information just when it is needed.  And we see his calm in the face of every threat.  If we spent more time with him, instead of seeing he appear and disappear, we could put together the clues and realize this is much more like an honest police officer than a corrupt one, certainly not like one who could be threatened into following orders.  Vijay plays it perfectly as well, he is mostly the cool slightly cowardly and not caring about a thing personality of a bad cop on suspension and desperate for work.  But there are moments where we see a flicker of confidence, of coolness, that doesn’t really match with someone who is jumping to Arvind’s tune.

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And so at the end everyone we know is dead, and yet it is a happy ending.  Because suddenly we see things from Vijay’s side of things and know that everyone else we have been watching for the rest of the film is bad, deserves to die.  We should be rooting for Vijay to manage to destroy them if he possibly can.

That’s what the opening of the movie is about.  Vijay’s voice over explains that a city reinvents itself every ten years, like a snake shedding his skin.  That’s all Vijay is trying to do, to ease along the process of shedding that skin.  Clean out the crooks, the gang members and the leaders alike, and let the city start fresh.  That’s what we are watching here, the death throws of terrible people as they tear each other apart to make way for something new.

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12 thoughts on “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (SPOILERS): A Story With No Heroes

  1. Gangster movies present an interesting dilemma for the makers.
    How do you NOT take a moral position and make the audience root for the characters?

    In Nayagan, Ratnam tries to overcome this with the message that “if you do good to 4 people, then no act can be considered wrong”

    this makes Kamal’s Nayagan a Gandhi/BenHur style messiah and overcomes above dilemma.

    Are you can go all Ram Gopal Varma and make it about style only, rather than good vs evil.

    One interesting gangster movie is Vattaram starring Napolean as the don and Arya as the usurper. It is an interesting choice of actors that works for this movie, because the director doesn’t want you to care for one actor over the other (imagine Dileeo Kumar vs Shah Rukh for example). Here Napolean has a characterestic dull drawl (Brando style?) almost till the end of the movie and Arya is more wooden than Silambarasan can ever be, yet for a brief few moments in the climactic confrontation, the movie springs to life, and the payoff is worth it to me.

    Everytime, I finish watching the movie, I am conflicted with who I am supposed to have rooted for — the Don or the Usurper?

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    • Yes, exactly! I think that is what Ratnam was struggling with here. In Nayakan, ultimately Kamal’s first sin comes back to him, he is killed by the son of the man he shot. No matter how much he tried to make up for it, it was not on him to decide his own punishment and what would make justice.

      In Thalapathi, Rajinikanth and Mammootty are more sympathetic, but Arvind Swamy is the ultimate good for society, it is right for Rajinikanth to give up Shobhana to him and for them to take their punishments.

      And then in this, Ratnam managed to make a movie that showed us these characters without ever making us feel sympathy for them, even understanding all their lives and motivations. This time, when their judgement comes, there is an understanding of why it had to happen and no regret.

      I wonder if someday he will make a film with a true police hero, and criminal villains?

      On Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 12:32 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • A police hero + A criminal villain = Mysskin’s Anjaathey

        Mysskin is another director who hates songs and dances but forced to insert them
        and then the Movie goes on to become a hit because of the songs.

        Anjathey, is interestingly told, worth a watch

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  2. Its been a long time since I saw a tamil movie in the theatre and I’m glad it was CCV. I’m not sure of I’m in the minority but I really enjoyed watching it. Liked it enough to talk about it all the way on my ride home. This is mostly a character heavy movie I thought.
    What I liked about the characters were that they were all gray but tending towards the blackness. There were only those two women who were tending towards white even though they were technically gray too.
    Jothika was my favorite (maybe because I love watching her onscreen) and she had these interesting moments where she understands a situation much better than Aravind, values the position and power he holds, even tries to protect him in all sorts of ways, even though she’s seems openly dismissive of his attachment to Aditi, she also feels a little tinge, like the time she mentions that he makes good fish curry apparently (so she’s never seen that side of him). Aravind’s character is great, so many sides to it, powerful but too impulsive, not enough cunning to survive the grind without guidance. His relationship with Aditi is him trying to be powerful but also for a semblance of normalcy his home lacks.
    Arun Vijay – I’m not sure why I enjoyed his take on this role a lot ( I don’t remember YA so that’s an advantage). He had a certain amount of kindness and ruthlessness in him that worked well,. not to forget the madness.He was extremely believable as a guy capable of loving his wife yet tell her that she was safer in jail (I loved that moment of Aishwarya’s where she tells him, he deserved to be in there not her). Be caring towards his mother or a random girl yet have no qualms about killing his brother.
    Simbu – Now I was conflicted about where he stood. I thought he was the perpetrator at times, but then he seemed too laid back to be one. Then my husband had this interesting insight – he knew simbu wouldn’t be the perpetrator because that wouldn’t go with the image he has with his fans (truly stumped me). I still want to know if he was the one who planted the drugs on Aishwarya?
    Vijay Sethupathi – Really quite a difficult character to portray and he did so well. He seemed like a by stander, sometimes you wonder if he’s the reason for the mess, then you think he couldn’t possibly be, there are so many sides to him like you said he doesn’t seem to care about the suspension enough, still behaves like a cop, there are occasional glimpses of bravery, then there’s cowardice and betrayal, a certain honesty. He confuses you until the end and it everything makes sense when it is revealed.
    My favorite scene is the one where Jayasudha knows from PrakashRaj that one of her sons did this to them, and she waves at them from behind a glass window, its a very painful image. Her shock so clearly visible.
    May not be the greatest of Mani still loved having such interesting characters onscreen.
    ARR seemed to be having fun with the background score especially.

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    • I like your description of grey fading to black. That’s it exactly, they each have moments of doing the right good thing, but there are far more moments of them doing the wrong thing.

      You are right about Jyothika being smarter than Aravind sometimes. The film did a really good job of making you aware that they were raised in the same house and in the same environment. Jyothika can make her own decisions and know what is best, we see that right from her introductory scene, bringing the kids and blowing past Aravind when he objects. She is the one who sees the reality and what needs to be done, he wants to hide a little longer in his fantasy with Aditi. Maybe that’s the appeal of Aditi? Jyothika keeps trying to make him live in the real world, is his real world, but Aditi lets him live the fantasy.

      Even in Arun’s intro, we see him being a little scared of his wife, but also willing to spend time out on the yacht making deals instead of with her. He has that softness to him, but his selfishness and greed overwhelms it.

      I assumed Vijay planted the drugs on Aishwarya. It seemed like something he would do, clever and non-violent and it leads to the result he wants, that the brothers come together and bring down Aravind and then each other. Plus it neatly removes the non-combatants, Aishwarya is safe in jail and the kids are naturally sent away to London. But I can’t see him killing Simbu’s wife, so I was thinking that was Arun. I can’t wait to get it streaming or DVD just so I can pause the end credits and read Vijay’s full report and fill in those gaps.

      That scene of her watching the family is so painful. And maybe she is also seeing the coming end of this peace? If one of her sons attacked his father, then it won’t be long until the whole family descends into in fighting?

      On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 10:32 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. This is going to be a long comment.I am usually late to catch up on recent releases but glad that I watched this one.I quite enjoyed this film.I am not one who loves to decipher the symbolisms and imagery that Mani Ratnam loves to splash over his recent spate of movies.This film had a more straight forward story telling and packed to the brim(&sometimes spilling over)happenings that kept me interested & intrigued throughout.The visuals were stunning and the background score captured the mood of the scenes so well.Both worth watching & listening on big screen.It was a pleasure to see actors like Jayasudha,Jyothika,Arvind Swamy etc get meaty roles and headline a mainstream movie.The fun of watching an ensemble cast where everyone leaves a lasting impression and everyone has something to do.Also great to see that Mani Ratnam the director still manages to draw the audience on his name alone & also deliver a film that satifies even the Game-of-Throne watching current generation.

    All the reviews mentioned there is some twist at the end & I assumed it had to do with Vijay Sethupathy-to justify his presence in the film.He cannot be a mere spectator or a coward or a corrupt cop while the brothers are fighting & getting all the action.His huge fanbase(he got more whistles than Simbu’s introduction in the theater I was at) and expectations from the Mani Rathnam-VJS combination for the first time had to allocate some crucial part to him.As I was watching it,I considered 1)the obvious one of Jayasudha & Jyothika being the plotters & Vijay bringing them to justice,2)Jyothika & Vijay having some kind of unspoken connection that prompts him to takeup action on her behalf.What else was the purpose of that scene where they both interact in a familiar setup & he mentions he is ready to marry someone like her sister(meaning someone like her)while she insists on putting him in charge of her husband’s safety3)Vijay Sethupathy is Jayasudha or Prakash Raj’s forgotten son la Thalapathy style.There is also a line by Vijay where he says the brothers will fight & makeup and fight again,what are the women doing in the middle of these.I thought he had connection with at least one of the women,which would drive him to some action.
    The actual reveal was fine also.I was reminded of Dicaprio in Departed but also couldn’t help thinking that when the entire police force is supposedly on their payroll,not even one leak about Vijay’s true nature for all these years & to think our very own Chennai police(making it into a CBI or some special force operation would have made it more credible)can handle such a covert operation.
    I also don’t think we will find much in terms of clues if we look back.Vijay is not the trigger for any of the happenings that set things on course.The first assassination attempt is by Arvind,the attack on Simbu’s girlfriend is by Arun(he confesses to it in the climax)3)Arun’s wife was send to jail by Arvind & the uncle(Arun says this as he kills both the uncle and Arvind).There is also a flash of Vijay’s report that shows that Operation Red was put on hold after Prakash Raj recovered from the attempt & then it restarted once he died.The restart is triggered by a stroke of luck in the form of heart attack that Praksh dies from.Where is the plotting,the sly-making-things-happen that Vijay’s character is supposed to have done.He just happened to be around.Also the family does not appear to have suffered any major business setbacks so far despite Vijay having been a rat for a long time.There are also other rival gangs who also seem to be flourishing well-so what makes the Senapathi gang more deadly?The only situation that he made happen is the killing of the two assassins,in the beginning & toward the end.Not sure how that impacted anything.

    What I would have loved to see is why the brothers are so quick to hate and distrust each other & if Vijay played some part in it.There is a lone line that someone says that Prakash made sure all his sons are selfish.But that still doesnt justify them being so quick to hate & kill each other.From the first half & the prank at the airport,they seemed fairly loving to each other.I just didnt get how quickly things escalated to the point of all out war.Again Vijay has no part in why Arun & Simbu couldnt attend the funeral which is the starting point for the obvious rift.I couldn’t help feeling some of the scenes were just playing to gallery-the scene on the beach with Vijay warning Simbu of the goons waiting to attack him(one less brother would be one step closer to his goal I would think)& the slow motion walk in rain.It was meant to give a high for the Simbu-VJS fans.All of the scenes with Aditi Rao was pointless,yes she is Arvind’s way of rebelling against his father.But how does that help in taking the story forward?I saw a very beautifully captured shot of Arvind & Aditi hugging each other in the rain which is not there is in the film.Makes me think,she may have had a bigger role which got chopped.
    This movie needed more breathing space,more time for the characters to grow & more time for plot development.This would have made an excellent 2-part movie or a short webseries of 5-6 episodes because with this many characters and the subplots,the running time was just not enough to tell the story convincingly or do justice to all the characters-especially the women & the uncle.It could have been a desi Sopranos.The movie in its current form is satisfying for the technical aspects,performances,direction,music etc but in terms of story telling it could have been better.

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    • When I saw Vikram Vedha in theaters, Vijay got more whistles and cheers than Maddy, that was surprising!

      I think the movie is setting it up so that Vijay and Arvind knew each other from college maybe, but he only is really undercover in the gang and trying to bring them down for the six months or so between when he is put on fake suspension and the ending. Which matches with the police commissioner or whoever it is talking tough about how the police isn’t sitting this one out and doesn’t want the gangs to go to war. But even so, it is hard to see what he did exactly to keep the feud going the way he wanted to. I think he may have been the one to get Arun’s wife arrested (since Arun thinks Arvind did it but we don’t really get confirmation), but if Arun had already killed Simbu’s wife, then Arun was ready to start the fight up either way and it makes no difference.

      There were a couple of scenes that I felt like must have been cut too, I think there is another one of Jyothika and Arvind that you see in the trailer but isn’t in the film. Feels like last minute alterations to the film, which makes me think they weren’t as firm on the story they want to tell as they could be.

      I like the idea of a mini-series version, especially because in that version we could learn the Vijay reveal half way and then start seeing some things from his perspective. This movie clearly was building towards that ending, so it couldn’t have come any sooner. But I would have enjoyed somehow seeing Vijay coordinate things, more cool guy talk with his superiors, like that. A 3 part miniseries where we get the reveal at the end of the second part and see things from Vijay’s perspective in the third part would be really cool.

      On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 12:31 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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