Political satires are the order of the day in Tamil cinema. Much recently a lot has been dished out considering the political situation in the State, And RJ Balaji, who led the cyclone relief and Jallikattu protests is the latest addition to try his hand at one. Directed by Prabhu and produced by Ishari Ganesh, LKG is an interesting tale of the events that takes a dig at present political scenario in the State. In a nutshell, the movie is about a small time politician, who wants to make it big in politics. Priya Anand, Nanjil Sampath and JK Ritheesh are also in the cast.
RJ Balaji is a wannabe politician. It is about how Lalgudi Karupaiah Gandhi aka LKG (RJ Balaji), a Councillor in Lalgudi, eventually sworn in as the chief minister of the state. It is a well-made film with enough political twists and all narrated in a lighter vein. With his one-liners holding sway, LKG is here to stay.
LKG solely rest in the shoulders of RJ Balaji. Thanks to witty writing on contemporary political events makes it an engaging watch. And he is seen admiring the likes of Amaidhipadai Sathyaraj, Mudhalvan Raghuvaran and Vijay Mallaya. A smart cookie the course of action by LKG to achieve his ambition forms the crux.
There are reference of corporates, Cambridge Analytica-like firm, headed by Priya Anand, among others to realise his vision. He with his antics win the support of Bhojappan (Ramkumar), the deputy chief minister, who is taking care of the state following the hospitalisation of the current chief minister. When the latter dies, Bhojappan decides to field LKG in the ex-CM’s constituency in the by-elections, but then, they are up against Ramaraj Pandian (JK Riteesh), their own party man, who holds the constituency like a fort. The moivie is humourous and never fails to take a dig at the funny elements in politics. RJ Balaji's dialogues are sharp and string at places.
However the lacunae here is nothing is serious. The movie begins with a momentum in the first half only to lose pace as it progresses. It speaks about every issue without going too deep into it. Eventually, the movie is a perfect weekend watch'.