Tughlaq Durbar (2021) is a political comedy starring Vijay Sethupathi & Raashi Khanna. It is a story about an aspiring politician stumbling in his way to power due to a split personality disorder. An intriguing plot with tremendous scope to show the struggle between good and evil, backed by a cast of Vijay Sethupathi and R. Parthiban, sadly Director Delhi Prasad Deenadayalan has wasted the opportunity. As a result, the film available on Netflix gets our ‘rotten’ rating.
The film starts in a familiar way, a baby boy, later named Singam, being born in a rally of a local politician Rayappan (R. Parthiban) growing up to idolise the leader. Luckily he gets an opportunity and enters the good books of the politician and manages through various trickery to get elected as the local councillor. Unfortunately, due to an accident Singam’s (Vijay Sethupathi) alter ego who is kind-hearted makes its appearance and becomes a hindrance to Singam’s political future. Between the two personalities who triumphs is the story.
Vijay Sethupathi, who is a talented actor fails to impress us in this film; he shows no visible body language or mannerism differences between the two personalities, making it super difficult for us to follow the narrative. On most occasions, we are unable to identify whether the good guy or the bad guy is talking. Parthiban and Karunakaran hold the film from unraveling. Bagavathi Perumal has got an important role which he has utilised. Like in most of the recent Tamil films, the heroine has been given a limited role.