Synopsis/Plot : Mandela is about two candidates contesting an election, trying to woo a single voter, whose vote is going to decide the winner. But this single vote isn't really what it is on face value. It is a representation of the common voter and the film uses it to speak about the ills plaguing our political system.
A likable satire that hits the right notes!
Satire is probably one of the most difficult genres to explore. A 30 minute spoof might be easy to pull off but a full length feature is a different ball game. There needs to be a plot. And when the tone is on the lighter side, it is a definite challenge to create characters that you care for. This ...(more)
Source: Bharath Vijayakumar, MovieCrow
A stellar Yogi Babu and some honest, nuanced writing makes Mandela entertaining, Don't miss!
Mandela ends as a honest film that has been treated with a lot of respect and that is visible. The lack of any adult scenes and little violence makes this watchable for family audiences as well. This will end up as one of the most memorable films of 2021. (more)
Source: Editorial Board, Behindwoods.com
A bold, no-nonsense and funny political satire
The film is never short of metaphors for the socio-political situation of the country. In one scene, Smiles knocks on the doors of both party leaders trying to make a deal to save his dying companion. The dying boy feels like a symbol for the nation and Mandela, the face of all the helpless voters w...(more)
Source: Navien Dharshan, CinemaExpress.com
The movie, which inarguably has the best performance of Yogi Babu till date, is also aided by beautiful visuals, sensible cuts, captivating music and engaging narration
The movie is outright hilarious from the word go, though it deals with umpteen relevant, sensitive topics. The screenplay which reflects today's politics has several thought-provoking dialogues on freebies, candidates faking their assets, various election tactics and so on. The performances of artis...(more)
Source: Thinkal Menon, Times Of India
Yogi Babu excels in a film that understands caste structure and vote-bank politics
There is no explicit mention of caste names, or political parties. Everything is implied and reduced to background information, and we are left to draw our own conclusions. I particularly liked how Ashwin had used Ramki as one of the photos you find in Mandela�s saloon. People who grew up in the 90s...(more)
Source: Srivatsan, The Hindu
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