Karthik (Siddharth) is an assistant director who is thrown out of a reality new filmmakers show, as his short film was disappointing. Heartbroken, Karthik has the support of one of the judges (Aadukalam Naren) who believes he has the stuff to be a great director and is willing to back him if he does a script on a real life gangster!
Karthik travels to Madurai looking to make a film based on the life and times of the notorious rowdy Assault Sethu (Bobby Simha). He teams up with his old friend Oorni (Karunakaran) and the duo tries to dig up enough backgrounder for their film. They get help from Kannama (Lakshmi Menon), the daughter of the women who makes idli’s for Sethu. Meanwhile, 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 is furious. The rest of the story is all about how Karthik gets himself out of this mess. Though Siddharth gives a commendable performance, Simhaa steals the show. He is chillingly menacing at times, while completely hilarious in others, but equally convincing in both. A truly remarkable performance.
Karunakaran and all the other gangsters with their individual eccentricities are also a credit to the director. Lakshmi Menon, however, has been sidelined. Music by Santhosh Narayanan is a winner, while cinematographer Gavemic U Ary has found the best angle and perfect vantage point for every scene. Editing by Vivek Harshan, though, could have been tauter.
Director Karthik Subbaraj’s brilliant script is complemented by excellent performances, compelling dialogues, perfect cinematography, and stimulating BGM. He has executed it perfectly too maintaining the fun and entertainment quotient throughout. Jigarthanda is still a good appetizing drink, that you can sip on.