An exhaustive gangster drama starring Dhanush, Jagame Thandhiram has been getting mixed response since its premiere release on leading platform Netflix skipping the theatrical release due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
Directed by popular director Karthik Subbaraj, Jagame Thandhiram was a story of Suruli (Dhanush) a gangster from Madurai who was lured by Peter (James Cosmo) to infiltrate into the rival gang of Sivadoss (Joju George) and eliminate him. Later when Sivadoss realizes the intentions of Suruli, he strikes a deal with him to hatch a plan to get rid of Peter.
Things took a dramatic turn as a result Sivadoss gets killed with Suruli getting a suitable reward from Peter. The entry of Attila (Aishwarya Lekshmi) into the life of Suruli made him to know the real face of Peter, a xenophobe who wants to restrict the passage of immigrants into UK by branding them as terrorists with the help of a draconian Bicore Bill.
But Suruli had the last laugh when he exposes all the misdemeanours of Peter and leaves him in the middle of Iran-Afghan border with a passport to nowhere as a punishment so that he goes through all the trails and tribulations of an immigrant as well as a refugee in future.
The whole theme to highlight the fate of immigrants and refugees especially the Sri Lankan Tamils in a foreign country was perfect. But the execution part by Karthik Subbaraj has faltered on many fronts thus making Jagame Thandhiram an unimpressive film altogether.
The dilemma whether to expose the xenophobia or to elevate the issues of immigrants against the magnetic image of Dhanush has robbed the whole film from its overall structure. Due to this confusion, none of the core elements or emotions for that matter got highlighted except the histrionics of Dhanush who has done his best to save the ship from sinking with noteworthy contribution coming from Santhosh Narayanan whose music was a big plus in this action drama.
The immaculate storytelling style of Karthik Subbaraj and that imminent spark from him was missing in Jagame Thandhiram as a result it can be termed as an average and ordinary fare that can get the rating of 2 on a 5-point scale.