With just a handful of films in his name, Karthik Subbaraj has undoubtedly secured a place in the hearts of movie lovers with his exquisite narration and some brilliant filmmaking techniques. Inspired by great filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Mani Ratnam, Karthik Subbaraj has successfully developed a film language of his own which makes his films nothing short of a modern classic.

His films come with interesting and arousing signature scenes which, because of the connection it creates with the audience, become a moment, a Karthik Subbaraj moment.


Like most of you, I went to watch Pizza with the sole intention of mocking it. We all do it, don’t we? We mock a horror film hoping it would nullify the fright it gives. The movie did scare me, but what made my constantly chattering mouth shut was the final twist. Vijay Sethupathi changing the SIM card of his phone and contacting Ramya Nambeesan as Santhosh Narayanan’s electrifying soundtrack hits us is totally an epic moment.


The narrative beautifully elevated the power image of Assault Sethu (Bobby Simha) and the desperate Siddharth playing games with him, hoping to form a plot for his screenplay.

The interval had the major lead characters confronting each other, followed by a gunshot and westernized whistle playing in the background. That scene had Tarantino all over it, and it was one hell of a moment when watched on the big screen.


In a scene where Sethu narrates his past to Siddharth, he says he began indulging in violence when he was embarrassed on stage and the moment he became the butt of jokes amid the crowd. The same repeats in the climax and Sethu witnesses a huge crowd laughing at him as his movie is being screened. But this time, he feels happy and content. He realizes the power of art and sheds tears of joy. The scene where he asks Siddharth for Mani Ratnam's number is a hilarious highpoint!


The scene occurs at the moment when you think the violent tides of masculinity had finally settled and calmed down. Vijay Sethupathy witnesses the sight of S.J.Suryah being hit black and blue by the producer, he hears his squeal and breathless whispers of agony and in the next second, walks as Santhosh Narayanan's piano piece fills the BGM, grabs a hammer and murders the producer. Karthik Subbaraj is indeed a master when it comes to sculpting the perfect interval block.


Petta had the electric aura of Thalaivar all over it. It was and will always be a Thalaivar film, but there were certain moments when the fanboy Karthik Subbaraj gently left his genius signature. The funeral scene, for instance where Rajini and Sasikumar casually discuss a murder plan, was unflinchingly Karthik Subbaraj.


Karthik Subbaraj doesn’t mind anything when it comes to plot twists. His twists are not only unprecedented but wild and crazy. The best example is the climax where Thalaivar makes a clown out of Jithu and reveals how he had actually toyed with him. No one would have predicted that a writer/director would toy with an actor of Vijay Sethupathi’s stature, but that’s what Karthik Subbaraj is and he did it quite bravely via the Super Star who is renowned for his righteousness.

His tryst with cinema is an epic affair too and he has come quite a long and laudable way from Kaatchipizhai to Pettai, stealing the hearts with his storytelling and seating himself in a significantly special place in the Stone Benches of Tamil Cinema.

Written By,

Gautam Narayanan

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