Yuddham Sei (transl. Wage War) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language neo-noir mystery thriller film written and directed by Mysskin.[1] It stars Cheran and debutant Dipa Shah alongside an ensemble cast including Y. G. Mahendra, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, Jayaprakash, and Selva in supporting roles. The film was released on 4 February 2011 and was remade in Kannada as Gharshane in 2014.

Yuddham Sei
Yuddham-Sei-Movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMysskin
Written byMysskin
Produced byKalpathi S. Aghoram Kalpathi S. Ganesh Kalpathi S. Suresh
StarringCheran
Dipa Shah
Y. G. Mahendra
Lakshmi Ramakrishnan
Jayaprakash
Selva
Srushti Dange
Ineya
CinematographySathyan Sooryan
Edited byGagin
Music byK
Production
company
AGS Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date
  • 4 February 2011 (2011-02-04)
Running time
152 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

The film opens on a rainy night. A woman, while trying to hire an auto standing by the curb, notices an unconscious girl at the backseat. She calls the police upon realizing that something was wrong, but she is chased by a man sitting in the driver's seat.

The scene then shifts to a New Year's celebration by the beach, where a cardboard box atop a parked car attracts the attention of revellers. The police are called. An identical box is also found in a park. Amputated male arms are found in the boxes, and the case is put onto Senior Inspector J. Krishnan, known as J.K. (Cheran), of the CB-CID. He is a brooding ex-cop who shifted to the CB-CID from law and enforcement and at present is searching for his sister Charu (Ineya), who disappeared six months prior. Prakash (Shankar) and Tamilselvi (Dipa Shah) are two junior officers who are put onto the case to assist J.K.. At the morgue, they meet Judas Iscariot (Jayaprakash), a medical examiner, to investigate the hands. Judas, mildly esoteric, often draws parallels between J.K. and Jiddu Krishnamurthi. J.K. is able to identify one pair of hands as belonging to auto driver Moorthy and follows the lead. Through a local goon named Surendra, they single out a middleman named Rajamanickam. J.K. then gets a cop to give him sensitive information stored in files at the ACP's office while still trying to trace his sister. He often goes and visits the place where his sister was last seen in the hope of getting clues. Meanwhile, Rajamanickam is tortured, his hands amputated using an electric saw by a black-clad man with a shaven head, and displayed in a subway crossing. A constable gives a tip that Rajamanickam's bike is at a lodge in Triplicane. J.K. goes to investigate but finds a man, Raghu (whom Rajamanickam stayed with at the lodge) killed in his room. He chases a man who crossed him on his way up into the streets, but loses him.

The focus then shifts to John Britto, a missing man who stayed with Raghu. Interviewing Britto's brother, he finds that Britto was the cause of disgrace to Dr. Purushothaman (Y. G. Mahendra) and his family, who all committed suicide the previous September. J.K. gets permission to reopen the Purushothaman case. Purushothaman had been accused of bribery, and his wife Annapoorni (Lakshmy Ramakrishnan), a professor at a women's college, of instigating a 19-year-old lab attendant named Manikandan to have sex with her. However, everyone questioned has only nice things to say about the family, while Manikandan is said to be a petty thief and a scoundrel. It is discovered that Manikandan has been missing since November, having disappeared around the same time as John Britto himself.

Now we are introduced to a mysterious green Qualis, which prevents an autorickshaw driver from kidnapping a drugged woman and abducts him instead.

Tamilselvi, while looking at old case records of the Purushothaman case, finds that Purushothaman had a daughter named Suja (Srushti Dange) who disappeared on the same day as Charu – September 6. J.K. investigates the Purushothaman family's house, and later goes to a dodgy inspector who handled the Purushothaman case, Isakki Muthu (G. Marimuthu), for details. J.K. prods Isakki to give him details about Duraipandi (Manikka Vinayagam), a textile shop owner and influential businessman who was accused of peeping at girls in the change room of his shop through a hole in his office (one of whom was Suja). J.K. interviews Duraipandi, who was able to get off after his manager Nadhamani took the blame. J.K. is unfazed and undeterred by what Duraipandi has to say and concludes the case is showing resemblances of having the Rashomon effect. He then reconfirms again with Judas on the findings of the Purushothaman family's autopsy. He is able to get a major lead when he finds that there were two people in the auto rickshaw that took Suja from her dance class. The same is established for his sister's disappearance.

We then find that ACP Thirisangu (Selva), Isakki Muthu, Duraipandi, Sharif, Inba (Yugendran), Raghu's murderer, and the missing men – Nagu, Moorthy, and Rajamanickam - are in cahoots. Thirisangu arranges for Sharif and a few men to deal with J.K. and keep his nose out of their business. In the midst of the ensuing fistfight, Sharif is kidnapped by the same Qualis. J.K. deals with the men, and Sharif is tortured and executed (but not before he names a few men).

A new box with the autorickshaw driver's severed arms appears in a club used by two of the named men, and Sharif's head is found outside Isakki Muthu's police station, minus its eyelids. J.K. triangulates all misdeeds to ACP Thirisangu and Isakki Muthu, as all the severed body parts were found in areas under the ACP's jurisdiction (notwithstanding the fact that the Purushothaman family's cases were handled and closed by Isakki Muthu himself), but his boss Chandramouli (Aadukalam Naren) refuses to have the officers questioned, fearing higher pressure. Unable to take any further action, J.K. requests a gun permit.

It is also revealed that Charu is being held captive by Thirisangu. It is discovered she is the woman from the first scene. Although he regrets having kidnapped her, he plans to use her for later. Then, the Qualis appears again and tries to kidnap Isakki, but it is forced to flee when J.K. intervenes. Chasing the Qualis to a darkened underground car park, J.K. and Tamilselvi very nearly corner the Qualis, only for it to broadside their car and make good its escape. Tamilselvi is wounded in the accident; when she comes to at a hospital, she reveals to J.K. and Prakash that there were two black-clad people in the Qualis, both with shaven heads (one of whom was a woman). After rescuing Isakki Muthu, Thirisangu realizes that someone is looking for revenge for Purushothaman's death, and with the help of Purushothaman's ex-classmate, finds out whom. Both Thirisangu and J.K. then understand that the Purushothaman family may not actually be dead (J.K. concluding so when he finds the air-conditioning unit grill in the Purushothaman family bedroom to be tampered with from the outside, and when he learns that three corpses with age ranges and physical characteristics consistent with those of Purushothaman, Annapoorni and their son Nishanth went missing from the morgue where Judas worked at about the same time as the family's "suicide"). At a party, Judas comes in and tells Duraipandi & Co. (the men named by Sharif) that he is willing to sell information about their activities. He leads them to a van wherein they are gassed and knocked out, but as they are leaving, a shootout takes place between Thirisangu, J.K., and their comrades, in which Judas dies after confessing.

Judas says that he is the only one who must confess, as the Purushothaman family will never speak again; the reason he helped the Purushothamans in their grisly deeds was one of pure friendship, love and gratitude, because the doctor (who was also his classmate at Vellore CMC) managed to keep Judas' daughter alive for four years before she finally succumbed to a heart condition. Judas' friendship with the Purushothaman family was so strong, that Suja was like a daughter to Judas.

Thirisangu & Co. are revealed to be running a racket which involves kidnapping and drugging virgin girls, who are then stripped naked and raped before Duraipandi and his friends (all wealthy men in their late 50s and early 60s who are impotent), in return for a huge sum of money. Suja (Srushti Dange) is one such victim (the girl in the auto), apparently having been abducted as revenge for what Duraipandi perceived as public humiliation at the hands of her family. It is during her kidnapping that Charu is also apprehended. Somehow, Suja manages to return home three days after her disappearance. Unable to bear the trauma of the rape, she commits suicide the next morning. Her parents, brother Nishanth and Judas decide to take revenge on all those responsible. They fake their deaths after meticulous planning. Two months after they successfully fake their own suicides, kidnap Britto and the peon Manikandan, and make them confess. Later, auto rickshaw drivers Nagu and Moorthy (as well as Rajamanickam) were kidnapped, tortured, and then had their arms severed.

The boy Nishanth (Sunil Choudhary) is caught in the fracas and taken into custody by the police. J.K. receives a call from Inba, who wants to trade Charu for Nishanth. Chandramouli blatantly refuses to do so. However, his subordinates - Prakash, Tamilselvi, and Constable Kittappa (E. Ramdoss) - bring Nishanth to J.K. at the cost of their jobs. Nishanth reveals the location of his parents to be the old Palaniappan Mills. Both parties head there; another shootout occurs. Nishanth is caught by Isakki Muthu but is distracted by the arrival of Duraipandi & Co. (all of whom have had their eyes gouged out), and also Britto and Manikandan, both with their tongues cut off. Isakki Muthu manages to wound Purushothaman with one bullet and tries to finish him off, but before he can do so, Annapoorni rushes out and stabs him in the head, killing him instantly. The couple continues their onslaught, killing Inba and the rest of the gang; although Thirisangu keeps pumping round after round into the duo, his bullets merely slow them down somewhat. Finally, Thirisangu arrives with Charu. Seeing her as their daughter Suja and this as a chance to save her life, they sacrifice themselves for her as J.K. kills Thirisangu.

Duraipandi is sentenced to 13 years prison. The others are sentenced to seven years each, with the exception of Britto and Manikandan, who are given three years each. Nishanth is asked to be produced in court by the police, but J.K. covertly sends him abroad under the alias of Mahesh Muthuswamy, giving him Viktor Frankl’s Man's Search for Meaning, asking him to search for the meaning of his parents' sacrifice. Because of this, J.K.'s team is suspended for six months for letting a convict escape.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Mysskin originally cast Udhayanidhi Stalin as the lead actor of the film, which would have marked his acting debut. After participating in a photoshoot and a few early test shoots, Stalin opted out and cited he wanted his first film to be a comedy rather than a thriller.[2]

Based entirely in Chennai, Yuddham Sei shoot was completed within 50 days.[3]

SoundtrackEdit

The music was composed by K and released by Sony Music India.

Yuddham Sei
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJan 21, 2011
Recorded2011
GenreSoundtrack
Length31:31
LabelSony Music India
ProducerK
K chronology
Yuddham Sei
(2011)
Mugamoodi
(2012)
Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Kannitheevu Ponna"KabilanRaqueeb Alam, M. L. R. Karthikeyan4:34
2."Aararo Aariro"KabilanMysskin4:43
3."Kabhi Jind"Raqueeb AlamRaqueeb Alam4:08
4."Vedham Pudhumai Sei"Mahakavi BharathiyarMysskin0:58
5."A Tale (Dark) Theme" Instrumental2:06
6."Box (Pandora) Theme" Instrumental2:43
7."Life (Goes on) Theme" Instrumental2:43
8."Chaos (Order) Theme" Instrumental3:44
9."Hope (The Last Resort) Theme" Instrumental5:52
Total length:31:31

ReleaseEdit

Made on a budget of 4 crore,[4] Yuddham Sei was a commercial success. 10 years later, it was dubbed into Hindi as Crime Case 99 which had a TV premiere on Bflix Movies.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

The Times of India gave 4 stars out of 5 and wrote, "With its apt casting and superb performances and direction, Yuddham Sei carries all the weapons needed for it to win its battle at the box-office".[6] Rediff gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Yuddham Sei may have its flaws, but Mysskin's neat touches of situational humour, clever twists in the first half and convincing characters make this a neat film, if not a classic".[7]

Sify called the film "average" and wrote, "the film has a few gripping moments but suffers on account of inconsistent writing which makes it drag in the second half".[8] The Hindu wrote, "Mysskin is a thinking director, who makes no bones about his yen for makers in the league of Kurosawa and Kitano. The influence is generally seen in his intelligent storylines. Yet the first half of YS hangs in strands and confounds the viewer — ambiguity rules the segment. Nevertheless, the latter half brings you to the edge of your seat, most of the time".[9] IANS gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Despite slow second-half, the films does impress as a smart and realistic detective story".[10] Behindwoods gave 2.5 stars out of 5 and called it "A slow paced well made thriller".[11] Deccan Herald wrote, "Stylised camerawork, haunting score and decent performances keep one interested, though the film is pulled down by its own weighty expectations. Still, Yuddham... is worth its while and wallet".[12] Indiaglitz wrote, "Yudham Sei is absolutely watchable just for Mysskin and his way of story telling".[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Events - 'Yudham Sei' First Look". IndiaGlitz. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Yuddham Sei shoot completed in 50 days
  4. ^ Yuddham Sei budget was slashed to 4 crore
  5. ^ "Crime Case 99 (2011)". Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Yudham Sei Movie Review {4/5}: Critic Review of Yudham Sei by Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Review: Yuddham Sei is gripping".
  8. ^ sify.com
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ sify.com
  11. ^ "Yudham Sei Movie Review - Tamil Movie Yudham Sei Movie Review".
  12. ^ "Yuddham Sei". 5 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Tamil Cinema News | Tamil Movie Reviews | Tamil Movie Trailers - IndiaGlitz Tamil".

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