Samuthirakani’s Naadodigal was a sleeper hit in 2009, and this non secular sequel exhibits how a lot the his priorities have modified as a author and director over the previous decade. Regardless of the heavy-handed messaging, Naadodigal was in essence the story of three idealistic kids. However over time, Samuthirakani has began taking a look at cinema as a medium that’s in service of the messages (it’s by no means only one message with this director) that he needs to convey. Story and characters are down the order when in comparison with the messages. The truth is, in a specific sequence in Naadodigal-2, the quotes of individuals like Mao and Churchill are flashed on display pushing the motion to the backdrop. This method has solely result in uneven storytelling and crude filmmaking a lot in order that his movies have begun to really feel exploitative.
Naadodigal-2 lies very a lot on this area, typically sacrificing story to drive residence the messages. Along with the anti-caste message, we get messages on supporting transgenders, NEET imposition, and extra. Heck, there’s even a personality – maybe a stand-in for the director – who seems from time to time spouting messages.
The story revolves round Jeeva (Sasikumar, earnest in yet one more position of an idealist), a social activist, who decides to start a campaign towards caste. Why? As a result of he and his fellow activists see a video of a honour killing. On this planet of Samuthirakani, even the frequent act of viewing a video will be transformative. And so, he decides to conduct a convention gathering like-minded kids who abhor caste. However the chief of a caste celebration turns the occasion right into a riot. Cue reference to the jallikkattu protest.
In the meantime, Jeeva’s marriage will get fastened (after many rejections), however on the night time of his wedding ceremony, he learns that Sowmya (Athulya), the woman who’s now his spouse, was pressured to conform to the wedding by her casteist household. Being the revolutionary that he’s, Jeeva sends her off along with her ‘decrease caste’ lover (Esakki Bharath), however the woman’s household is decided to seek out the couple, homicide them and uphold their caste pleasure. Can Jeeva save the children, who’re naive past perception?
It is just after it establishes its plot that Naadodigal-2 turns into reasonably participating. The narrative turns into taut, the scenes get some quantity of depth and we get one thing of the push that Naadodigal offered. There’s even anl romance – between Jeeva and Sengodi (Anjali, in a personality that has spunk however is considerably underwritten), a fellow activist, that’s fantastically introduced out. And to his credit score, Samuthirakani would not flip Jeeva right into a superhero. We get moments the place he’s genuinely shocked not realizing what to do subsequent. He’s even overpowered in a stunt scene, requiring one other character to save lots of the day. And it’s these touches that make us much more conscious of the movie’s shortcoming, because of its message-first method.