After some controversies, Ilaiyathalabathy Vijay’s most anticipated movie of the year “Thalaivaa” released all across Tamil Nadu on 20th August. Thalaivaa directed by A.L.Vijay has Vijay and Amala Paul in the leads. It also features Satyaraj, Santhanam, Ponvannan Ragini Nandwani, Rajiv Pillai, Suresh and Abhimanyu Singh in significant roles.
The Plot revolves around Vishwa (Vijay) who runs a mineral water plant and is also a dance master with a small crew in Sydney. He meets Meera (Amala Paul) in a small accident and eventually they become friends. She later joins with Vishwa in his dance crew and the duo soon fall in love. Vishwa along with Meera and her father (Suresh) go to Mumbai to meet Vishwa’s father in Mumbai. Vishwa’s father Ramadurai (Satyaraj) is worshiped as Anna by the Tamilians in Mumbai. Vishwa is shocked to see his father as feared underworld Don. What happens next? What makes Vishwa step into the shoes of his father and become “Thalaivaa” to the people? Forms the rest of the story with few twists.
Alright! We have heard the same kinda plot somewhere haven’t we? Yes! The film draws inspiration from “Nayakan” and loosely based on RGV’s “Sarkar”. But Thalaivaa manages to keep us engaging in times but fails to create an impact.
Director A.L.Vijay tests our patience with a 3hrs of story telling of what we have already seen in many movies. The first half of the movie had some entertaining moments with Santhanam’s one liners, and some dance sequences with the leads shot in Australia. The second half tells the transformation of Vijay into a Mass leader.
The main letdown of the film is its mighty length. It drags a lot in the second half, testing our patience till the end. Trimming the movie by at least half an hour would have been better to make it more racy and engaging.
Ilaiyathalabathy VIJAY is the man who saves us from the boring length of the movie. His performance in the movie was astounding. His dance steps in the song “Tamizh Pasanga” was just amazing. He was terrific in his appearance of the leader of Masses.
Amala Paul had some important role to do here, instead of just appearing in romance scenes and songs. Her chemistry worked out well with Vijay.
Satyaraj perfectly portrays the role of “Anna”. Santhanam as usual he rocked with his one liners. Other though not given a big role, have done their jobs given perfectly.
Technically, Nirav Shah’s cinematography was top-notch. Be it a pleasant locals in Australia or hostile locals of Mumbai, he has beautifully captured them both. His camera works during a dance sequence in the first half was just brilliant.G.V.Prakash Kumar’s songs are already topping the charts. His Background Music was also good.
Finally, “Thalaivaa” has got nothing new to offer. It has just transformed Vijay from “Thalabathy” to “Thalaivaa” giving him a complete Mass look again. Watch out only for Vijay, the One Man Army!
My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK