Sunday, September 03, 2006
Imsai Arasan 23am Basil Fawlty
Another hit from the Shankar stable, and thus it reeks of the same dung that permeates Tamil political cinema (well exploited by Shankar). But what really excites me is its willingness to be its own parody, and it has certainly succeeded in doing so. Just when it begins to take itself seriously, it fucks itself and its audience in the arse, points this out, and makes us all laugh at it. The farce is a dangerously explosive medium and here is a film to prove that Tamil people have a seriously wicked sense of humour, and Shankar the ability to tap it. Vadivelu, I have always insisted, is one of Tamil cinema's greatest actors. He has proved me right yet again.
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