Joker is an upcoming Indian Tamil language social satire film, written and directed by Raju Murugan.
Joker is an upcoming Indian Tamil language social satire film, written and directed by Raju Murugan. less
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Satire is always a tricky genre for directors. Always a possibility of making a mockery of a grave situation or making it too serious for the audience (especially Indian) to take it. This balancing act between the poignant and theatrical is a precarious one, which is why Raju Murugan's movie is noteworthy. the concept (corruption and bribery) would instinctively translate into a serious, thought-provoking film. But "Joker" takes a grim and solemn issue, turns it into a satire, garnishes it with populist sentiment and makes a far greater impact than a mere documentary, had it tackled the burning issue very well. All credits goes to Raju Murugan for his incisive writing.
Raju Murugan's sense of satire is irresistible; the subtext, compelling. And yet neither shows itself up in any form of self-seriousness. The comic writing is immaculately inspired. Beautifully aided by performanece from the immensely talented Somasundaram. Dialogues only adding to the meritorious value, deserves special mention too. Sean Roldan. What a lad! His musical score puts to awe. Work of genius. So unreal for a music director who's hardly 3-4 films old. So is the cinematography.
If you ask me where exactly did the movie go wrong, I'd blame the overt exploitation of poverty porn at a point of time. Things gets too dry and sombrous as the movie progresses. In addition to that, the forced climax with a preachy ending worked it's way against the movie. Yes I did have a gulp in my throat when i stepped out of the screen but the impact could've been even more intense than what it is actually.
Nevertheless, Joker is worth a watch just for it's audacious writing, bold execution and a kind of satire that our Tamil cinema just hasn't witnesses anywhere nearby to my knowledge.