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Mandela (2021) is a comedy-drama film starring Yogi Babu, about the sufferings of outcasts and the power of universal suffrage. Mandela impresses you with an uncommon plot and good acting by Yogi but falls short due to a mediocre screenplay that runs too long. It gets a ‘Raw’ rating from Mangoidiots. The film is available on Netflix. ‘Smile’ aka இளிச்சவாயன், played by the Mr “Curly hairs” Yogi Babu is the local village barber – an orphan who works and stays under a banyan tree. Hailing from an unknown caste, everyone in the village uses his services, yet treats him shabbily.…

Gandhi (Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi)  is introduced to be a young man with strange behaviour. After nearly an hour, we learn it his Pseudobulbar disturbance making him laugh uncontrollably when he gets extremely upset or afraid. Yes, I know we had seen movies like Pokkiri Raja (2016) on similar themes. With an interesting plot like this, you would not be mistaken for expecting a funny film. Instead, Naan Sirithal (2020) turned out to be a regular poor-boy, rich-girl themed film with elements of mistaken identity due to a common name: Dilli Babu, a ruthless gangster and Gandhi’s friend (played by Yogi…

Dagaalty aka Dackalti (2020) is supposed to be an action-comedy film. It turned out to be having neither of them. The film starts with a Chandamama era scene of a villain (can be seen as an evil king) drawing the image of his dream girl and tasking his sidekicks to go in search of her. Our hero, a petty thief stumbles on the girl, tricks her to accompany him and then “sells” her to the villain, only to rescue her in the climax. If reading these two sentences is wearying, imagine watching it for two hours! I like Santhanam as…

Petromax (2019) is a cookie-cutter comedy-horror film. The film starts with an interesting twist, but immediately loses steam to just keep chugging along for a long time with mostly unimaginative characters and lazy situations. It is the last thirty minutes when the flashback runs there is some pace in the story, which saves the film and us, the audience. An NRI (played by Prem) from Malaysia comes back to India to find his parents dead, saddened he tries to dispose of their old bungalow. Unfortunately, the house is haunted by four ghosts. To convince a prospective buyer, Prem organizes four people…

Jackpot (2019) is a comedy film starring Jyothika and Revathi, who come as con artists, cheating people of their money. While at the prison following an arrest, they learn of a magic pot, that is buried in the house of Anandaraj – how they get it from there is rest of the film. In their various attempts, they are helped by ‘Motta’ Rajendran and Yogi Babu. The screenplay is completely nonsensical. Director Kalyaan’s earlier film Gulaebaghavali (2018) was a lot better and enjoyable. Jyothika has done the fight sequences very well, kudos to her – and if that’s enough for…