Tughlaq Durbar (2021) Review

Vijay Sethupathi is at his elegant best in this entertaining political satire! 

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Tughlaq Durbar (2021) Review
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What is the story about?

Singaravelan (Vijay Sethupathi) is a crooked man who finds ways to rise up the ranks in the political scene, joining hands with his role model Rayappan (Parthiepan). However, as he starts to taste success, a freak accident at a party changes things and makes him believe in the goodness that the world has. 


Tughlaq Durbar takes an age-old storyline and drives home a solid concept-driven comedy that shines thanks to the presence of its terrific cast, some hilarious situations and the fact that it is able to extract superb performances out of its actors. The film never hangs on to its dull moments, even though it is stepped down by a few in the middle. The constant comic inflow into the film is a big plus, and even though the end result isn’t flawless, there’s lots going for it. 


Vijay Sethupathi delivers a splendid performance as the crooked politician caught in a muddle, emoting a variant set of emotions in the best possible manner. Along with him is Parthiepan, who does a fantastic job as the main supporting character. His ripostes and dialogue delivery act as major plus points for the film. Raashi Khanna and Manjima Mohan are good fits for the small parts that they play, with other supporting actors such as Karunakaran and Bagavathi Perumal offering solid parts too. 

Music & Other Departments

Govind Vasantha’s excellent score complements each and every scene of the film superbly, proving that the composer can bring his best to the table in such films too. The cinematography which includes a lot of crowd shots has been carried out well too. 


Vijay Sethupathi’s tour-de-force performance is a massive advantage to Tughlaq Durbar.


The film slows down at parts and has pacing issues in the second half. 

Did I enjoy it?

Yes. It is the best among the films released this weekend.

Do I recommend it?

Yes. After a long while, a film starring Vijay Sethupathi as the premiere hero works well. 

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