Kodi, intended as a smart political thriller, medians out as a political drama. Despite that, the film still has its smarts. Its characterization does depict the kind of mental and evolutionary armament required for success and survival, via its three characters—Dhanush twice and Trisha.

Despite Kodi’s (Dhanush) bravado, he can’t succeed, because he lacks the special acumen that politicians require. Kodi (film) also shows how those with fewer skills are left stranded at some rung of the political ladder. The rise to top does take a lot. So, even Dhanush (as Kodi) is still short of it, while Trisha isn’t.

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She can even go for the kill, even literally. Kodi reminds us of the theme of “No Country for Old Men”, which subtly depicted men of various skills levels at different evolutionary points in time. Kodi is no similar to NCOM; make no mistake about it! Handling such a complex theme with all its details intact is quite smart direction; to even visually depict the same.

Trisha is the most skilled. Dhanush as Kodi lacks the same, while Dhanush again as his twin Anbu has the brains. When Kodi has to depart, Anbu becomes both Kodi and himself, which gets narrated in a smart screenplay.

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Kodi has quite a few novelties, with its theme and with Trisha’s characterization. However, there is a sort of underplay throughout, as though it were a budgetary constraint. Maybe, the film itself didn’t try to be something great or brilliant that it likely wanted to strike the median itself. This is surprising, given the star Dhanush is, who is content with being a mere performer.

Dhanush, as he always does, does his best once again. Trisha is smart, conniving and scheming as well, whose role is also well essayed. She delivers one of her best street smart performances in recent times. Despite Anbu’s intelligence later coupling with Kodi’s bravado, Dhanush does make us miss Kodi, for he is given the image of a hero right from the beginning.

Finally, Kodi as Dhanush steals the show, while the film Kodi seems to know what it wants to be. It mysteriously seems content with flying half mast.

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