The Samuthirakani-starrer wears its Communist shirt proudly however fails to promote its politics convincingly
Idealistic storytelling is flawed by default. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 Tamil movies — broadly talking — are idealistic. These tales routinely have a single male saviour who is commonly ‘the perfect citizen’ that us lesser mortals viewing the movie ought to aspire to be. Fine. But what occurs when idealism mixes with an ideology? You get Sangathalaivan.
The advantage of this Manimaran directorial is that it’s only two hours lengthy, and Samuthirakani has fewer dialogues than maybe what he desired. Consequently, he’s additionally much less preachy than his earlier idealism-heavy movies.
- Director: Manimaran
- Cast: Karunaas, Samuthirakani, Marimuthu, Sunu Lakshmi
- Story line: A Communist chief fights capitalists for the welfare of unorganised staff and which results in bloodshed.
The story follows the lifetime of Rangan (Karunaas), a powerloom employee. A tragic incident occurs which results in Rangan’s first brush with Communism, and its consultant within the movie, Sivalingam (Samuthirakani). Rangan is uncertain of Communism at first; he doesn’t even need to be seen aligning with Communists for worry of repercussion from his capitalist employer — ‘Current workplace’ Govindaraj (Marimuthu, sleepwalking by way of a tailor made function he has accomplished many occasions earlier than).
However, Rangan occurs to be on the facet of ‘justice’, and so, finally, he falls prey to the capitalist (additionally learn as: casteist and elitist) forces. They topic him to torture by the hands of the State equipment (police); Rangan then embraces Communism and what follows kinds the remainder of the plot.
Now right here is the paradox. While Manimaran means effectively — by eager to mission an ideology nearer to his coronary heart maybe as an various possibility for the undecided of us (like Rangan) — depicting a slice of actuality doesn’t imply transferring the setting to a utopian world the place the whole lot is off perfection by only some levels. Because in Sangathalaivan, all it takes is for Sivalingam to stroll in and voila! The given scenario is fastened.
In reality, Manimaran is way too abrasive in that he tasks his protagonist as merely not more than the common Tamil movie hero.
The very point out of Sivalingam’s title strikes worry into the minds of capitalists, his actions make the police bow earlier than him and he evokes a beforehand undecided gentleman into turning a full blown political aspirant and a pacesetter (if solely the Politburo, or any occasion committees for that matter, labored that method in actual life). This is how Sangathalaivan finally ends up turning into an odd movie.
What the movie doesn’t do is bathroom you down with a sluggish narrative, which performs out just like a koothu (road play); it has a number of strains that speaks social justice and even admirably (or surprisingly) manages to infuse a tinge of realism into the plot’s canvas of countless idealism.
But the shortage of drama — there’s not even a reputable shock issue to the assorted incidents that occur within the plot — strips the leisure quotient proper out of the movie’s material, turning Sangathalaivan into an unremarkable movie about idealistic politics.