Director: K. Thirugnanam
Cast: Trisha, Nandha, Vela Ramamoorthy, Richard Rishi
Actress Trisha’s 60th outing is a medical-political Tamil thriller, Paramapadham Vilayattu (Game of Snakes and Ladders), helmed by K Thirugnanam. Trisha, who plays Dr Gayathri, engages us with a nuanced performance. Her earlier work, 96, with Vijay Sethupathi, is still fresh in my memory. Her emotive range here was amazing.
Thirugnanam’s work, now streaming on Disney+Hotstar (after the Coronavirus pandemic inordinately delayed the film’s theatrical release), seems a trite too long even with its 120-minute run time. A number of scenes could have been excised or shortened, and pray, what was the need to include a “item number”, and this arrives at a most crucial juncture, interrupting the flow. Do Indian movies even care to remember that there is someone called an editor?
What pulls the work further down is the uninspiring casting with the exception of Vela Ramamoorthy, who as Chezhiyan, the leader of a political party hoping to win the coming elections in Tamil Nadu, exudes a dignity rarely seen in Tamil cinema.