Spoof in Tamil cinema is not new in Kollywood

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Jun 07, 2018 04:24 PM IST

Chennai: The recently released teaser of Tamizh Padam 2.0 went viral on social media. It runs for 42 seconds, but it ends up trolling at least 30 Tamil movies.

A sequel to 2010 blockbuster, it is a full-length spoof of Tamil film industry. The idea is however not new to Tamil cinema. News Today looks at few films on similar genre that managed to strike chord with masses.

Naveena Vikramadityan (1942)

Starring the first superstar comedian Kalaivanar N  Krishnan, this movie was the first spoof of Tamil cinema. It was modern twist to the famous mythological tale of king Vikramadityan. With the flavour of NSK, apart from trolling the Vikramaditya tale, the movie spoke a lot about the social and political issues persisting at that time.

Pattanathil Boodham  (1967)

Based on the popular Arabian Nights story of Aladdin and magical lamp, this movie is set in 20th century where two urban inmates of a bachelor room find a big antique jar, from which a genie comes out.

The genie makes all the wishes of the two friends and the plot takes twist eventually leading to a gangster and kidnap drama.

The spoof element of this movie lies on the production value. If it was flying mat in the Aladdin folklore, this movie had flying cars. If it was sword fight for Aladdin, this spoof had leads playing basketball. Starring Jaishankar and veteran comedian Nagesh, this movie is one evergreen flick that is enjoyed even by kids of 21st century.

Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi (2006)

With the versatile comedian Vadivelu in the lead, this movie is a spoof of Uthamapuththiran released in 1940 starring PU Chinnappa and TA Madhuram, which was also remade in 1958 with the same title starring Sivaji Ganesan.

However, the serious plot of Uthamaputhiran was trolled end to end in Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi. The film scripted and directed by Chimbu Devan also deals with a lot of social issues of its time. It had references to actors and cricket players acting in advertisements. It also has a very famous scene trolling cookery shows and influence of multinational carbonated beverages in the country.

Tamizh Padam (2010)

Having seen a couple of spoof movies already, Tamizh Padam is the first complete spoof made in the industry. The film had elements of a spoof from his very name 'Tamizh Padam'(means, Tamil movie).

From its title card which shows different variants of titling in Tamil films across decades, to its end credits where the director closes with voice-over note(Ivan kadanthu sellum paadhaiyil...), the movie had trolled every aspect seen in films.

There were also some scenes where the director trolled an advertisement, a Telugu movie and even the political entry of actors. The movie was so successful at the box-office and was praised by film critics, and led to its sequel with the tagline 'Police Athiyayam' (Police Chapter).

Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam (2010)

After the success of his first spoof Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi, Chimbu Devan made Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam (though, after his second movie Arai En 305il Kadavul). The premise of the movie is set in a fictional Tamil-cowboy hamlet Jaishankarpuram. The movie is a spoof of a number of cowboy movies acted by Kollywood and Hollywood actors of the 60s and 70s including Jaishankar, MG Ramachandran, Ashokan, MN Nambiyar, Clint Eastwood, and John Wayne.

The movie's geography and their names itself are based on the names of these actors. Jaishankarpuram and Ashokapuram are named after Jaishankar and Ashokan. While the villain's name Kizhakku Kattai literally means Eastwood. The movie was starred by Raghava Lawrence and was also scenes trolling Tamilnadu politics to world politics.

Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasayaa (2013)

The literal remake of 1981 blockbuster comedy movie Indru Poi Naalai Vaa by legendary filmmaker K Bhagyaraj, this movie stood out from just being a remake. Trolling some stereotypes in Tamil cinema like the comedian's going as a third wheel for a hero-heroine couple, the movie had its comedian Santhanam as one of the protagonists and the ever trolled Powerstar Srinivasan as another protagonist, other the regular hero.

The movie also trolled advertisements, the frequently seen Gaana songs in Tamil films and romance sequences of a lot of love flick in Tamil cinema. The usage of the song Chinnanjiriya Vannaparavai from Sivaji Ganesan's Kungumam movie was one of the most hilarious spoof moves in the movie.