Lalgudi Karuppaiah Gandhi aka LKG (RJ Balaji) is a ward Councillor of a leading party. However, he has a lifetime full of frustration welling up inside of him as his father, Azhagu Meiyappan (Nanjil Sampath) is a 30-year-old veteran of the same party with no wealth or power to show for his dedication. LKG vows to become successful in politics and seizes the opportunity when his constituency faces a by-election. He seeks the help of Sarala Munusamy aka Sara M Samy (Priya Anand), who heads a Poll Campaign Management agency. However, LKG has to go against the seasoned and well-loved politician Ramaraj Pandian (JK Ritheish) in the by-election. To know what happens next, watch LKG in the theatres...
Debutante director KR Prabhu has helmed LKG, which has been produced under the Vels Film Factory banner by Ishari K Ganesh and has music by Leon James, cinematography by Vidhu Ayyanna and editing by Anthony. The director has tried to take a sarcastic dig at all the hullabaloo and hungama that Tamil Nadu politics has been witnessing in the recent past and has managed to pull it off for the most part! Right from the opening scene and hero introduction scene till the climax, there are a minimum of 2 angles to every scene, action and dialogue of the film. The casting should be lauded as almost all the actors seem tailor-made for their on-screen characters. However, the movie is not perfect and has its own share of misses. Yes, LKG is a frustrated man. But, the way he just hysterically snaps at everybody during every argument, seems unwarranted. At times, the dialogues seem too force-fit to specifically cater to specific sections of the audiences. The movie's biggest plus also works against its favour- the non-stop procession of sarcasm and layered scenes. Though most of the satire is easily identifiable by almost everybody, there are a few scenes which would only make sense to those deeply in touch with everyday politics and social happenings.
RJ Balaji has done a very decent job in his very first outing as a lead. His sarcasm and witty repartee are well known and he has put in his all while penning the script. The conscious effort to stay away from standard hero formulaic stuff like over-the-top punch dialogues, unbelievable action sequences, unpalatable song & dance routines and unrealistic transformations, has worked big time in Balaji's favour. He has stuck to his forte and made it work. On a comeback trail, Priya Anand doesn't have much to do but excels in whatever little she has to do! Nanjil Sampath seems to be an inspired casting as he provides good weightage to his character. JK Ritheish has also done a good job but seems a bit rusty. Mayilsamy travels throughout the movie alongside Balaji and has given an effortless performance. Ramkumar Ganesan fits the role of Bojappan and does his part for the movie. However, there is not much to mention about the rest of the cast.
Leon James's music is pleasant and the 'Ethanai Kaalam Dhaan' track is fun to watch. Vidhu Ayyanna has scored big-time with the visuals, especially the aerial shots. Another huge positive for this movie is the crisp and short run-time (just a couple of minutes over 2 hours), which ensures that the viewers attention doesn't get affected. It looks like the promotional activities by the LKG team are paying off, for it was indeed surprising to see the theatre being at Housefull capacity, for a special 5.00 am show on a weekday!