Film Review: Thamizh Padam (2010) The First Indian Tamil mockumentary comedy film

Feb 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Latest Tamil Movie New PosterThamizh Padam (2010) is a Tamil movie release starring Shiva, Disha Pandey, M S Baskar, Vennira Aadai Moorthy, Manobala and others. The film is directed by C S Amudhan and produced by Dayanidhi Alagir. Music is by Kannan.

Thamizh Padam is unique in the sense it is actually a satirical comedy based on the very predictable "formula" based Tamil movie industry productions aimed at mass consumption for box-office profit.

The film is actually billed as the First Tamil Mockumentary Movie. It has received mixed critical reviews. Calling the movie "Tamizh Padam - hilarious with no logic", tamizhmovies.com says in its original film review, "Director Amudhan has given the movie as Lollu Sabha in whole, not as episodes. The cinematic life hero sentiments, tragedies, stunts, punch dialogues and all has made into comical journey in this movie Tamizh Padam without hurting anyone."
 
Shiva, who plays "Siva", is a popular Tamil movie hero whose upcoming movies are 16 and Quarter Cutting. The beautiful actress Disha Pandey appears as Priya.

Synopsis
From Wikipedia

The film starts with the spoof of the popular tamil film Karuththamma where a person tries to kill a just born baby. The baby is saved by its grand mother who takes it to Chennaion a goods train. He then emerges as a hero Siva (Shiva) who answers to the miseries faced by people around him, in a typically heroish manner. Siva always spends his time with his friends, Nakul (M.S.Bhaskar), Siddharth (Manobala) and Bharath (Venniraadai Moorthy). First, Siva attacks some rowdies in a market who try to rape a girl. The gang leader Devaraj (Seenu) (an imitation of Mammootty's character in Thalapathi) visits his assistants and discovers that they are attacked by Siva. The next day, Siva visits Devaraj (he dresses and speaks like 'Baasha' Raghuvaran). Siva shows him that he gets scared of his own friend (who is dressed like and imitates Vikram's Kanthasamy). Devaraj runs away. Siva decides to kill Swarna, a foolish lady rowdy (he remembers her by seeing the photo, like Ghajini Surya). She kidnaps a boy (Ayyappan) and tries to rape him. In time, Siva comes to rescue and kills Swarna. He also falls in love with his classmate, Priya (Disha Pandey) whose father Kodeeswaran (Azhagu tv actor) is a politician, as shown in a typical Tamil film. When her father questions him about his status as a person, the hero challenges him (Annamalai) and becomes a millionaire within a 2:50 minute song. Consequently, the father agrees for their marriage. Siva next tries to kill Sankar (Delhi Ganesh) by doing some circus tricks (an imitation of Kamal's Apoorva Sagodharargal in which he kills Delhi Ganesh). He tries to throw arrows on Sankar many times but doesn't succeed. In the end, Sankar shoots himself with a gun. Siva tries to kill another person (Mahanathi Sankar) with bulls (imitating Anniyan), but the bulls don't obey him. The person laughs so severely and dies of an heart attack as a result. During the marriage ceremony, a person sarcastically hints at the hero as a person who doesn't know his own father. The hero, enraged, then sets on a mission to his native village 'Cinema Patti' to find his parents. Many old Tamil movies are spoofed from thereon. He finally finds his father Mokkai (Periyardaasan) through a family song which turns out to be the English song (‘Michael Learns To Rock’ number, ‘Someday someway’). As a twist, he is also revealed to be a Police Officer who is on a role in an undercover mission to kill the terrorists in the city. This is a spoof of a popular movie Pokkiri. On the way to Pondicherry, he speaks about his police work to Priya. He seems to have sent a missile which backfired to the Commissioner's Office which destroyed the building. As a result, he got dismissed. He then worked as a security guard, unable to give up his Khaki clothes. The commissioner calls Siva back to do the undercover operation but he rejects. When the C.M. of Tamilnadu and the P.M. of India request him on this, he rejects them similarly. Finally, when US President Obama requests him to do the job, he accepts because "Obama is his family friend". When in Pondichery, he sleeps and gets beaten by D's assistants. It is revealed that the people who were killed by Siva are the assistants of "D". Siva kills another man with the bad odour of his sock. Priya is kidnapped by D's gang. Siva is admitted to a hospital. When one of the rowdies shoot Priya, Shiva suddenly wakes up and the doctor informs everyone of a "medical miracle!". Then, even as the bullet travels towards Priya, he travels to the place where she is held, and saves her in the end. On the way to kill D, he overcomes challenges - using rubber slippers to escape from an electric shock, using a balloon to suck the air, walking on fire by using the 'karakaatam' technique. Finding the identity of D is the climax. The film ends with Siva walking happily and a quote narrated by the movie's director C.S.Amudhan - "Even though his path is full of thorns and stones, he still walks, because walking reduces BP and cholestrol." The credits roll.

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