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Dikkiloona review: Santhanam needs to go back in time, undo this sexist comedy

Like so lots of points ahead of it, the origin of the word Dikkiloona is cinematic. The initially-at any time popular utilization of this term could be traced back again to director Shankar’s directorial debut Gentleman. In the 1993 film, Babloo, played by iconic comedian Senthil, introduces us to a alternatively naughty game called Dikkiloona. This game will involve two individuals operating backward in the direction of each individual other right until they equally crash into each and every other, butt initial. One’s backside in colloquial Tamil is referred to as ‘dikki’. Ergo, the game’s name Dikkiloona.

And you could marvel why Karthik Yogi made a decision to name his most up-to-date movie after this nonsensical game? People today who have found this movie may perhaps argue that the title justifies the ridiculous character of the movie. However, in Karthik’s defence, the film’s hero, Mani (performed by Santhanam), stumbles on a time device by opening the trunk (go through ‘dikki’) of an old ambassador automobile, conspicuously embossed with Dikkiloona. The dikki is a phony doorway to a top secret laboratory wherever a team of experts, who are hell-bent on presenting them selves as a bunch of imbeciles, are having difficulties to crack the method to make an operational time equipment. They have been at it for many many years but in vain.

Mani’s unexpected go to to the lab improvements every thing. Following some meaningless banter, marked by Santhanam’s trademark insults, Mani fulfills his childhood buddy Albert (played by Yogi Babu) at the lab. Albert triggers an incident, triggering a surge of electricity stream. The incident bounce-begins the rusty time equipment, which is the first breakthrough in decades. But, the experts have to have to important in the formula into the system promptly to quit the time device from exploding. Even though all people is scratching their heads, Albert who misplaced his consciousness owing to electric powered shock, wakes up and features the components to conserve the time equipment. The school dropout who grew up to turn into a janitor miraculously gains the IQ of Albert Einstein due to the shock.

That is how foolish this movie is.

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Albert’s newfound genius makes it possible for males to vacation through the very fabric of time. Mani performs his friendship card with Albert to seek out a favour, which is to transport him back to 2020, 7 many years just before the existing occasions. Mani wants to halt his outdated self from getting married to his girlfriend Priya (Anagha), so he can escape from his current marital hell. The hero is working backwards (in time) like the individuals of Dikkiloona.

It is a deeply silly movie, just meant to tickle our amusing bone. You giggle, if you can, ignore it and transfer on with your lifetime. Dikkiloona does not increase any worth to your lifetime, or aspires to move you or obstacle your worldview.

Karthik Yogi and Santhanam desperately want to make the audience giggle. So a lot so that they resort to physique-shaming, name-contacting, demeaning psychological clients and even engaging in blatant sexism.

Mani desires to adjust the previous because Priya has grow to be a nagging wife and he can not tolerate her any for a longer period. But, he hardly ever for a moment thinks why she is so resentful of him? Simply because he has been lying to her and unsuccessful to comprehend her struggling. He’s a self-centred misogynist and in its place of reflecting on himself, he wishes to go back in time and cease his marriage with Priya.

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Now, Meghna (Shirin Kanchwala), Priya’s pal, was also in an unhappy relationship that ended in divorce. She brazenly expresses her fascination in Mani and asks him to dump Priya and marry her. Mani is not ok with this mainly because somewhere deep down in his shallow intellect, he is not okay with Meghna’s conjugal status. She lived with yet another gentleman for seven several years and that is a little something he can not stand.

So Mani needs to go again in time not just to cease his wedding with Priya but also to acquire Meghna’s passion before she gets married.

He succeeds in switching the earlier. Mani is in for a impolite shock when he finds out that he is disappointed with Meghna as well. The stage is just simply because he managed to manipulate time that doesn’t quickly make him an fascinating individuality. He is continue to an indifferent, whining and ignorant sexist.

But, in its place of concentrating on flaws in Mani, Karthik turns the awareness on Meghna. If Priya was much too nagging, he offers Meghna as a loose character. Why? Since she is insane about social media and she has friends who are boys. And guess what, her male buddies are deserving of Mani’s contempt and of all those people who are as conventionally smart and very good on the lookout as Mani. Why do you ask? For the reason that Meghna’s shut good friend has a hairstyle and body type that warrants condemnation and ridicule.

Mani berates Meghna, and asks if “she is a lady at all?”. You know, the typical go-to line of the 20th-century male to remind a girl of her place. Not just Mani, no person in Karthik’s globe is pleased with his spouse and absence regard for them.

Dikkiloona can make just one marvel whether or not Karthik and Santhanam are residing in a bubble exposed only to regressive ideas. The fast-growing recognition of gender sensitivity and evolving gender dynamics in society have no put in the deeply problematic Dikkiloona. The undertone of this narrative is terribly conservative and backward.

Take, for case in point, Priya. In one particular truth, in which Priya is a functioning woman, she is normally horrible and nagging. In an choice reality, exactly where she is happy, she is a housewife, playing 2nd fiddle to her husband.

Dikkiloona is streaming on Zee5.

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