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The elections are on in some parts of the country wherein all the candidates are going all out with their promises. Whether or whether not they fulfill it remains to be seen. Over the years there are been gems like Newton which are in a way political satires but they also are a reflection of our society. Coming back to Newton, the movie showed us the importance of a single vote. Based the same theme, I have just finished watching the Tamil film Mandela on Netflix. I kept delaying this film owing to new releases, well have finally made it now. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.

Story & Screenplay

Mandela follows the story of a barber from a lower caste who becomes the deciding vote of two warring parties. The story is probably the best satire written this year. The screenplay is filled with many comic moments that will definitely make you laugh but will also force you to think while empathizing with our main protagonist. Right from the first frame the ball is set in motion and 140 minutes just pass by like a breeze. There is never a single dull moment to be seen. The struggles of a common man to him being used as a vote bank to then mistreating him, all of these issues are clearly put out in an outstanding screenplay. Many may argue about the ending but if you do then you may have missed the point, the screenplay is probably the best I have witnessed this year!

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are quirky, simple yet powerful at the same time that leave a lasting impact. The music and BGM blend well with the narrative. I loved the use of music here, it did not break the narration here infact it aided it. Director Madonne Ashwin has done a terrific job here. The satire which he is able to generate and convey is outstanding. And it is undiluted and exactly how it should be! Distinction marks!


The performances are exceptional. Kanna Ravi as Mathi is first rate. G M Sundar as Rathinam is outstanding. Sheela Rajkumar as Thenmozhi is like a breath of fresh air. She adds so many layers to her role. Wish to watch more of her going forward too. Yogi Babu as Mandela is phenomenal. He makes you laugh and also empathize with him. You may have watched him only in comic roles but in a serious role he delivers a memorable performance in an acting masterclass. All other actors are brilliant.


Mandela is the best political satire you will see all year. You do not want to miss out on this one. Available on Netflix and Highly Highly Highly Recommended.