‘Laabam’ movie review: Vijay Sethupathi is the ‘Master’ now, delivering a social studies lecture

SP Jhananathan’s movie packs extra statistics and information than fascinating sequences

“Agriculture received’t die. I’ve come to do agriculture.” Pakiri (Vijay Sethupathi) says this with fairly some conviction as he enters Peruvayal, a village he left a number of years in the past to embark on a world tour.

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Pakiri seems like a fakir, dishevelled and unkempt, however he’s nonetheless purported to be a hero in business Tamil cinema. And so, inside a couple of minutes of seeing him on the large display screen, we see him participating in a pointlessly-elaborate battle sequence and impromptu dance monitor.

Did we simply say ‘pointless’? Oh no, we’re nearly to be bombarded with tonnes of factors, all through this 2 hour 39 minute social research lecture in opposition to the perils of capitalism. Full of so many statistics as effectively, an element which may most likely please director AR Murugadoss (bear in mind Ramana?).

Laabam is actually Vijay Sethupathi championing the reason for agriculture – extra particularly, collective farming practices – however that requires a villain, and he comes within the type of Vanagamudi (Jagapathi Babu). He desires to be in-charge of the native farmers’ affiliation and management farming practices and prices, however he has to return face-to-face with Pakiri, positioned as a peoples’ chief, to try this. Will he succeed?


  • Solid: Vijay Sethupathi, Shruti Haasan, Jagapathi Babu
  • Director: SP Jhananathan
  • Storyline: A person seeks to rework the lives of farmers in his village

The intention behind the movie is noble little question (the brainchild of late director SP Jhananathan, the person behind movies like Iyarkai and E) however the writing is as barren because the farms proven in it, people who haven’t seen a touch of inexperienced in the previous couple of a long time. Working example: Pakiri and group discover it powerful convincing the villagers of their grand plan, and so rope in a dancer referred to as Clara (Shruti Haasan) to assist them out, and the sequences that observe are ludicrous.

Within the second half, Laabam will get a barely totally different texture, with Pakiri ditching his residence floor and getting on the run. You suppose one thing is brewing, however quickly the all-too-familiar company greed versus farming practices angle creeps up, and we’re subjected to lengthy lectures on sugar manufacturing, cotton gross sales and truthful farming practices.

And what’s Vijay Sethupathi doing in the midst of all this, driving round a Bullet that has the registration quantity, TMX 4777, the identical as matinee idol MGR’s Ambassador automotive?

Laabam is extra a visible illustration of a protagonist in a tv programme (Namma Ooru Hero, which celebrates on a regular basis heroes in numerous fields) than a movie.

Laabam is presently operating in theatres


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