Jigarthanda is a rare breed in Tamil cinema, a film whose main star is a script that is both entertaining and doesnít insult the intelligence of its audience. Gangster films are common place in Tamil cinema but Karthik Subaraj putís an epic spin on this popular genre and creates a film that goes to levels that its forerunners never have: part sombre gangster tale and part biographical satire on the Tamil film industry.


In terms of performances the only one worth mentioning is Simhaa, who manages to be both terrifying and hilarious at the same time. One of the best performances Iíve seen in a long time and deserving of all acting awards he will surely get following the filmís release.


Now the negatives: I thought the love story was distracting and added nothing substantial to the plot and some of the song were pointless. However, as wonderfully satirised in the film, these are the sacrifices an upcoming film maker needs to make to get a film made in Kollywood. As I alluded to earlier, I believe that Jigarthanda is a part biographical satire on the experiences that Karthik Subaraj had to go through as an upcoming film maker where the gangsters in his story represented the cutthroat Kollywood industry. Maybe Iím thinking too much into it but itís cool to finally watch a Tamil film that made me think.


At almost 3 hours long the film does occasionally flirt with tedium but I would highly recommend you go out and watch it (this review is ridiculously late, so you probably have). Considering the Ajithís and Vijay shit-fests us Tamils are usually subjected to, Jigarthanda gives you a well-deserved break from the bullshit (I almost wrote Ďa treat for the fansí ugh). Karthik Subaraj is potentially the saviour of Tamil cinema, well at least until the likes of Vijay, Ajith and the other "thalasĒ get their claws into him. Itís only a matter of time. Letís hope he has the balls to stand his ground and maintain his artistic integrity. Tamil cinema desperately needs him to.


Rating: 8/10