Cast: Siddharth, Lakshmi Menon, Karuna, Bobby Simha
Direction: Karthik Subbaraj
Banner: Group Company
Music: D Imman
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Run Time: 171 Mins
Release Date: 1 Aug 2014
After Pizza, Karthik Subbaraj decided to make a movie on the very first script he ever wrote for a debut film, which is now Jigarthanda. When creators are hindered by the writer’s block, they make the actual process involved in making a product, the final product.
The film has Siddharth and Lakshmi Menon in the lead, along with Bobby Simhaa and Karunakaran in significant roles.
Jigarthanda is a totally unpredictable film. There is reality mixed in with creativity, terror with undercurrents of humour, sentiments, fleeting romance and loads of fun.
Jigarthanda opens to an encounter scene, and immediately goes into flashback mode. Karthik (Siddharth) is an aspiring director, who is a short filmmaker determined to graduate to mainstream cinema. He lands his first project with a producer (Aadukalam Naren).Though he finds a producer to back him, it is on the condition that he will make a violent gangster flick.
Karthik now needs a good script to impress his producer. For the script to be authentic, Karthik decides to find a real-life gangster and base the story around his life. After much research, Karthik zeroes in on Sethu (Simhaa), a ruthless killer, who rules Madurai with an iron hand.
Karthik has a friend in Madurai, Oorini (Karunakaran) and together they decides to shadow Sethu and do proper research to get to know him completely. They begin to track Sethu and his everyday activities. Here, he slowly begins getting to know all the intricate details of Sethu’s life and how mean and ruthless he is. Kayal (Lakshmi Menon) and her mother, cook for Sethu and his men. Karthik decides to use her to gather information and pretends to be in love with her.
Using love as a ruse, Karthik gets to know Sethu’s story through Kayal, but he also gets in touch with one of Sethu’s men and is getting all the information he needs through this guy. After a few double crosses, Sethu comes to know that Karthik and Oorni are gathering information on him and round him up. This happens in a brilliant and explosive interval block.
Sethu hears through his grapevine that the police have plans to close his case with an encounter incident. He becomes more cautious and even as the first half comes to an end, Karthik and Oorini are caught red-handed trying to overhear their plans with a hidden speaker.
Sethu finds out the tap placed in the music player that Sounder was carrying and quickly locates Karthik and Oorani. When about to die at the hands of Sethu, Karthik confesses that he was spying on Sethu so that he could make a movie about his life, along the lines of Nayakan and Thalapathi. Sethu is enamored by the prospect of his life being portrayed on the big screen and initiates Karthik and Oorani into his gang so that they can document his life. He and his gang members boast of their crimes and take Karthik along for their gang activities.
Karthik gleefully documents everything and is ecstatic that he has a fantastic story in hand for his debut movie. When he is ready to leave Madurai with all the information that he ever needed Kayal discovers that Karthik used her for information and is vengeful.
Sethu invites him for a send-off party. During the partying, Kayal remarks that Sethu himself should act as the main character in the gangster film about his life. Sethu takes this seriously and threatens Karthik to direct the film with Sethu playing himself on screen. Distraught at the sudden turn of events, Karthik tries to escape out of Madurai but is caught by Sethu’s gang. They also kidnap the producer of Karthik’s film and force them both to make the gangster movie.
The rest of the story is all about how Karthik gets himself out of this mess.