‘Dikkiloona’ film review: Santhanam’s comedy asks us to suspend disbelief, and our sense of humour

Karthik Yogi squanders an excellent setup for a madcap comedy with ineffective composing and some problematic social commentary

Props to the director Karthik Yogi for coming up with an apt title for his movie. It is from a game that Babloo (Senthil) invented in Gentleman. When he tries to participate in ‘Dikkiloona’ (where by you have to go backwards and collide one more person’s butt with yours if you know, you know) with Mani (Goundamani), he gets a kick in his rear. Yogi, in his movie Dikkiloona, also talks about the ramifications of a man who moves backwards… in time.

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Regretably, there’s minor else to applaud about the movie apart from its title. The setup is excellent for a madcap comedy: a man, who’s pissed off with his lifetime (in particular with his wife) receives an opportunity to go again in time to prevent his marriage. The resultant absurdities and conflicts are meant to spark, burst, and create brilliant flashes like fireworks in the night sky. But they simply flicker like a tube light on minimal-voltage energy.

Mani (Santhanam), who functions as a lineman in the electric power board, triggers an incident that will get a time machine performing in 2027. The experts developed it to prevent crimes. Mani, who probably thinks his relationship to Priya (Anagha LK) is a crime he fully commited on himself, goes back 7 several years to cease it.

Time journey is advanced. Generally, films have a scientist detailing how it will work, which can sometimes guide to a lot more confusion (*cough* Tenet) But you won’t have this sort of challenges with Dikkiloona mainly because we have Albert Einstein (Yogi Babu) himself spelling out the formulation for time vacation! (Read through until the finish of the posting if you want to know*)

The movie fortunately does not overdo the foreseeable future with preposterous gadgets. Yogi is knowledgeable that it’s just 6 years forward of our present. But he could have been a tiny far more resourceful with the long term. If the Again to the Long term series confirmed us a flying auto, Dikkiloona demonstrates us ‘Elite Tasmac Bar’, whereby the alcohol is no cost, but a h2o bottle expenses Rs 2,500!


  • Director: Karthik Yogi
  • Solid: Santhanam, Anagha LK, Shirin Kanchwala, Yogi Babu, and Harbhajan Singh (in a cameo)
  • Duration: 2 hr 24 min
  • Storyline: The repercussions of a man travelling again in time to quit his wedding ceremony

The film’s second half has much more social commentary, primarily on women. Mani goes back in time and alters his present, where he is married to an additional lady who likes him. This girl, in contrast to Priya, doesn’t nag him. But he before long finds out that she is worse. She is a “modern ponnu”. She drinks, get-togethers via the night and wears a figure-hugging costume and stilettos to temples. She has a “boy bestie” with whom she does “Bit Tok” videos.

Mani, after a stage, is not able to tolerate her and leaves her… but not right before mansplaining concepts like decency and freedom. Sample: “Freedom is not dwelling as you like it’s residing in a way which is accepted by other individuals.” In a way, this far too is time vacation. When Tamil cinema is dealing with gals empowerment as the in-point, Dikkiloona reminds us of the occasions when our heroes employed to train girls lessons… on how to be a lady.

If the really serious lines are problematic, the comical ones are, well, primarily not comical. Situation in point: “Ennadhu, idhu time machine ah? Time paaka edhukku ivalo periya machine?”

Santhanam employs his regular brand name of insult comedy. He calls the other characters, “thavalakotta vaaya”, “kung fu panda”, “customs la maatna aamai” and other points. But they fall short to evoke even a chuckle. The supporting characters (which include Motta Rajendran, Munishkanth, Anandraj, Nizhalgal Ravi, Sha Ra) as well are unsuccessful to entertain, while Yogi Babu provides a couple of amusing traces. Oh, also cricketer Harbhajan Singh plays a cameo. Luckily, it’s just a cameo.

The Per Vechaalum tune from the famous Michael Madana Kama Rajan looks to be reused as some type of a tribute. In this variation also, a male is carrying a piece of log to knock a different guy out. Perhaps they really should have in its place thrown in 4 time-travelling Santhanams trying to get rid of a single yet another? The primary is rife with comical gatherings accentuated by outstanding performing and good choreography. This just one far too tries to be funny, but falls shorter.

There are rather a few rational loopholes also. But let us not get into that. For, we can suspend disbelief in a sci-fi comedy… but need to we suspend our sense of humour, way too?

* Many thanks for looking at till the finish. Here’s the time travel method: (43^2)+a*f->Rain result->2+tyre+forest hearth->EPS->(Above Build^2)->ATB->TN2020+Speed of light = zero dynamic strain. This is continue to less difficult than Tenet, no?

Dikkiloona is currently streaming on Zee 5

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