Joker Movie Review: Satire on Current Politics

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Joker Tamil movie review

Joker is a 2016 Tamil social satire film, written and directed by Raju Murugan and produced by Dream Warrior Pictures. The film features Guru Somasundaram, Ramya Pandian and Gayathri are in lead roles, While Bava Chelladurai, Mu. Ramasamy and Bala Murugan are doing supporting roles. The film background scored by Sean Rolden and Cinematography done by Chezhiyan.


Guru Somasundaram as Mannar Mannan
Ramya Pandian as Malliga
Gayathri Krishna as Isai
Mu. Ramasamy as Social Activist Ponoonjal
Bava Chelladurai
Bala Murugan


This film revolves around a middle-aged man who lives below the poverty line and feels that people should have the power to not just elect their representatives, but also to send them back, if they are corrupt.


Mannar Mannan (Guru Somasundaram) is a middle-aged village man, who calls himself the president of the nation and he getting support from a social activist Ponoonjal (Mu. Ramaswamy) an elderly man who has a habit of taking offenders to court and Isai (Gayathri Krishna), a young widow act as his advisor and social media manager (she uploads every moment from their protests, and these become viral memes online).

The trio goes about challenging every aspect of his village that is unfair or doesn’t seem right. One day, during the court, the female judge finding that Mannar is not in his right mind. The judge ordered an investigation and also to give him medical attention. What happened in his past life is a rest of the story.


Guru Somasundaram, the man who impressed us with his character performances in films like Aaranya Kaandam and Jigarthanda, has played the lead role for the first time. He is a thorough performer, and there can be no second thoughts about his acting. Watch out, he is going to be a major contender at the award shows next year.

Both, Ramya Pandian and Gayathri as typical rural ladies fit into the role easily and performed very naturally. Ramasamy and Bava Chelladurai gives their ample support to the film. Especially, Ramasamy’s performance in the climax scene needs special mention.


From Joker, Raju Murugan also joins the elite list of modern day directors who elevate Tamil cinema to international standards. His dialogues are very bold and straight forwarded. Joker is predominantly a satire on the current corrupted political situation and not to be missed.