- 2 hr 22 min
Jackpot is a Tamil language comedy film that released in 2019, directed by Kalyaan, and starring Samuthirakani, Revathi, and Yogi Babu in the lead roles. The film is set in a small village and follows the lives of two eccentric and greedy gangs trying to get their hands on a jackpot of Rs. 5 crores. The movie opens with the introduction of the two gangs. One gang is headed by the notorious local politician Santos (Samuthirakani), and the other gang is led by the beautiful and sassy Lakshmi (Revathi). The two gangs are constantly at loggerheads with each other, and their primary objective throughout the movie is to steal the jackpot from each other.
Santos' gang consists of his loyal aide, a man named Tiger (Yogi Babu), and a host of other goons. On the other hand, Lakshmi's gang includes her husband Vallavan (Anandaraj) and a group of young, energetic men.
The main plot of the film revolves around a game show hosted by a television channel, where people can win a jackpot of Rs. 5 crores. To win the jackpot, a player has to answer a series of questions correctly. Santos and Lakshmi hatch a plan to steal the jackpot from the game show by sending in their respective team members as participants.
What follows is a series of comical events, as both gangs try to outdo each other to win the jackpot. They go to great lengths to cheat and manipulate their way through the questions. However, things do not go as planned, and both teams end up getting eliminated from the game show.
The movie then takes a different turn as the two gangs join hands to steal the jackpot from a well-guarded bank. They again face various roadblocks while trying to execute their plan, and their attempts at robbing the bank lead to numerous hilarious situations.
One of the highlights of the movie is the comic timing of the lead actors. Yogi Babu, in particular, shines in his role as Tiger, providing ample comic relief throughout the film. Samuthirakani is excellent as Santos, playing his character with a mixture of menace and humour. Revathi is also impressive as Lakshmi, effortlessly portraying her character's bold and confident personality.
The movie also touches on the themes of greed and corruption prevalent in our society, with both gangs being motivated purely by their desire to get their hands on the jackpot. The message of the movie is conveyed subtly, without being preachy or overbearing.
Overall, Jackpot is a fun, light-hearted comedy film that will leave you in splits. The movie boasts of a talented cast of actors who deliver a stellar performance, and the direction by Kalyaan keeps the movie engaging and exciting from start to finish.
Jackpot is a 2019 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 22 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.