Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (2019)
Take the news of an entire German town being evacuated to clear a second world-war bomb, change the place of happenings to India, write a brisk screenplay, and deliver it with a fine cast, you get a successful film. That’s exactly what Director Athiyan Athirai has done with Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (இரண்டாம் உலகப்போரின் கடைசி குண்டு).
Attakathi Dinesh is a lorry driver at a metal-scrap yard in Chennai who is in love with Anandhi, a girl from his village. Their love is opposed by her family. Did they join is the story told in the backdrop of a trip from Chennai to Pondicherry where Dinesh is carrying in his lorry an unexploded bomb that could be deadly.
The film is produced by Director Pa. Ranjith. There is a heavy dose of shameful (Dalit) caste oppression, the horror of honour killing, and of the left-wing comrades who take on the corrupt system. Tamil cinema used to have powerful dons and mafia leaders as the villain, nowadays the unscrupulous police fill in that role, in this film too the hero and the comrade (played by Riythvika) who help him are being hunted by one.
The film starts with a peek into the hardships of the labourers working in an industry that is mostly invisible to the general public – it is the scrap and recycle dealers who handle in unsafe conditions, the bulk of the waste generated by modern India.
Dinesh and Munishkanth have done their roles well. The first half was fast-paced, unfortunately, the second half was not so.