Election review: A compelling thriller about grassroot politics

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By Haricharan Pudipeddi

May 17, 2024

In a lot of ways, Election felt like both a spiritual sequel and a prequel to Uriyadi (2016). And the best part about this reference is that it never felt forced.

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One of the best things about Election is that even when it’s generic, it never gets boring. Thamizh manages to keep the story engaging with tight screenplay and some good twists.

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The film does miss out on a strong emotional core and even the relationship between Vijay and his father, which could’ve been an interesting thread, isn’t fleshed out effectively.

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Vijay Kumar’s performance is mostly single note but this is a far better work than his last two releases.

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George Maryan, as usual, shines in the limited space he gets with another earnest performance.

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Pavel Navageethan steals the show with a stand-out performance. After her notable work in Ayothi (2023), Preethi Asrani barely gets any space to leave a mark.

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Election needs better performance to make us root for Vijay, who is mostly clueless. If not for the strong writing, this would have been a damp squib.

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Thamizh continues to make a good impact with his stories, especially after the strong directorial debut with Seththumaan (2022; streaming on Sony LIV).

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