Kennedy Club is a 2019 Indian Tamil language sports film written and directed by Suseenthiran. The film was produced by D. N. Thaisaravanan under the banner of Nallusamy Pictures. Sasikumar, Bharathiraja and Meenakshi Govindarajan plays the lead roles. The cinematography and editing was handled by R. B. Gurudev and Antony, respectively. D. Imman composed music for the film.
The film was theatrically released on 22 August 2019.
The film deals with gender disparity issues, north-south politics, etc, but those scenes required more depth in conveying effectively what was intended to convey. The characters of girls, hailing from economically weaker families, are decently etched and we are able to empathise with them. Their family issues, which involve parents denying them permission to participate in kabaddi matches, do engage the viewers. Sasikumar puts up a good performance as the concerned coach while Bharathiraja goes overboard at times.
Savarimuthu (Bharathiraja) is an ex-army man but he spends most of his life earnings to train the underprivileged yet skilled women kabaddi players in the village. Muruganandham (M. Sasikumar) is a former student of Savarimuthu, and he is now working in Railways through the sports quota. When Savarimuthu falls sick due to a sudden heart attack, Muruganandham is immediately called to lead the team. For these women from Oddamchathram, a town in Dindigul, kabaddi isn’t just a hobby.
They are, as coach Muruganandam (Sasikumar) points out, “playing the sport when they could so easily be hanging out at parks and theatres with boyfriends”. For them, kabaddi is a ladder out of poverty. The idea is for these women to go on to represent the State, and eventually the country, and hopefully, land a good job through sports quota. That’s the dream of these women—and their parents, who sometimes get jaded with the system and would much rather that their daughters got married/supported the family by working menial jobs.
Directed by Suseenthiran
Produced by D. N. Thaisaravanan
Written by Suseenthiran
Starring Sasikumar, Bharathiraja, Meenakshi Govindarajan, Soori
Music by D. Imman
Cinematography R. B. Gurudev
Edited by Anthony
Production Nallusamy Pictures
Release date 22 August 2019
Running time 118 minutes