Plot – Kodi is a political drama featuring Dhanush in dual roles as twins – a honest upcoming politician (Kodi) and a soft spoken professor (Anbu). They lose their father at a very young age and are raised by their doting mother. Beyond a point, Anbu takes over from where Kodi leaves and completes his twin brother’s mission to provide justice for an affected village.
– Director Durai Senthilkumar has woven a tight screenplay with very few dull moments. The film’s tagline ‘Once a twin, always a twin’ is brilliantly used in the 2nd half, giving the audience some genuine WOW moments. The social angle is another good addition to the film while the sentiments make the required emotional connect.
– Politics at the grass root levels has been authentically portrayed by the director, with all the prevalent insecurities, plotting and also the humor part.
– Dhanush carries the film on his slender shoulders, in dual roles. The beard and the black glass add to his rugged edge and style. His screen presence continues to grow and fans are bound to love him in these twin avatars.
– Trisha shows guts to accept the role of a ruthless politician who’ll stop at no end, till she achieves what she wants to. She tries her best but should’ve worked on her lip-sync. Her chemistry with Dhanush brims with energy and the romance angle is in no way typical. Both of them are ambitious in their own way and the regular cinematic gender norms have been thankfully overlooked.
– Anupama looks cutesy and has few lighthearted scenes in the 1st half with Dhanush. She has dubbed on her own and sounds a lot like Amala Paul. But her role loses scope once the film becomes serious.
– Kaali Venkat gets a pivotal part as Dhanush’s close friend and does justice to the all-important climax scene.
– Santhosh Narayanan has delivered impressive songs like Hey Suzhali, Sirikki Vaasam and the touching pathos number rendered by Chithra. His Kodi Rap provides a major spike to the numerous mass moments in the 2nd half.
– Cameraman Venkatesh gives Kodi its share of visual grandeur with nice aerial shots.
– The film has actors such as Saranya Ponvannan, Marimuthu and Namo Narayana, who keep getting similar kinds of roles. Artists of their caliber, particularly Saranya, can be used much better.
– SA Chandrasekhar’s role has decent prominence in the early part of the film but the spotlight moves away from him soon enough. But it’s an interesting casting move.
Final Word – Durai Senthilkumar and Dhanush have a winner in hand. Kodi is an engaging political drama with all the necessary substance, heroism, mass moments & sentiments. It ought to be a Hit this Diwali.
Final Rating- 3.25/5