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Kaththi is a commercial film and naturally audiences accept some heroism, action and romance in it. But here Murugadoss has portrayed his hero as a messiah, a man of the masses willing to even sacrifice his life. What would he do to make it a masala film? He uses the dual hero concept by introducing us to a crook Kathiresan (Vijay), a prisonner in a Kolkata prison. As a rule in any film with two heroes, Kathiresan finds himself in the shoes of Jeeva. ARM made a good choice by casting a Mass Hero like Vijay to deliver the solid message in the movie.
Kaththi is another stylish version of the former made on a lavish budget, bigger star, the bigger issue, prettier heroine (with no scope for performance) and a lot of melodrama (plight of farmers) If you’ve seen AR Murugadoss’s Ramana.
Kaththi opens with Kathiresan aka Kaththi being chased by prison guards and it is later revealed that he is in fact helping the cops track down an escaped convict. But Kaththi manages to give the slip to the police and comes to Chennai with the intention of flying to Bangkok with the help of his friend. However, he drops the plan after he meets Ankita, who dupes him into believing that she wants to marry him, at the airport. We watched the movie Kaththi but Samantha (Ankita) watched the shooting scene, its was captured and a character was given to her.
Vijay chances upon a shootout and is stunned upon finding that the victim looks like him. He decides to impersonate the injured man and implicates him as the escaped convict. But once he realizes what Jeevanadham stands for, he decides to complete his doppelganger’s mission taking on Chirag, the owner of an MNC cola company who wants to take over the lands in Thannoothu, Jeeva’s village, which has an untapped water source.
A protagonist switching places and solving the problems faced by his look-alike is an age-old construct in our movies. Almost every major hero in Tamil cinema has made such a film — MGR had Nadodi Mannan, Enga Veetu Pillai, Rajinikanth had Pokkiri Raja, Kamal had Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey, Sathyaraj had Ulagam Piranthathu Enakkaga. Ajith had Attagasam and Suriya had Vel. Now, Vijay gets his own movie on this line.
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