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ARJUNA MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Ramana, Suman, Feroz Khan, Ashima, Sharmila,
Vijay R Anand
G M Balaji
today’s world of fake encounters
and underhand alliance of cops with the
underworld, a movie like Thambi Arjuna
makes a lot of sense. For Thambi Arjuna
has a socially relevant theme of how cops
feed on the criminals for selfish reasons.
It also raises a few questions on the
integrity on encounters.
Although the script would have sounded promising on
paper, it doesn’t come across on screen as convincingly.
And it becomes difficult to attribute the flaw to
one single aspect, as the execution itself lacks conviction.
As a result, the movie ends up looking like a half-baked
attempt wandering somewhere between the categories
of a serious movie and a commercial entertainer.
Feroz Khan is an underworld don who thrives on illegal
businesses, who has an unlikely partner in the City
Commissioner Suman. Suman, although is not a bad cop
as such, gets a few things done through the don and
their friendship is thus cemented in a give-and-take
relationship. And when Feroz’s brother Ramana
and Suman’s daughter, played by Ashima, fall
in love with each other all hell breaks loose.
Feroz is humiliated by Suman when he raises the topic
of Ramana - Ashima’s wedding, asking for Ashima’s
hand. While Ramana duly returns the humiliation to
Suman, a rift appears in the relationship making Feroz
realise the gap that exists between their unlikely
camaraderie. After this, Feroz gives up all his illegal
businesses and begins a fresh life.
In the meantime, Ramana helps Suman rescue Ashima
from an extortionist and in the ensuing battle Suman
gets a chance to get it even with Feroz for having
disgraced him. Encounter provides him the opportunity
and what transpires in the end forms the crux of the
The movie has a decent script but if only it hadn’t
trailed away to other banalities, it would have sustained
the grip and been a better one. Feroz’s histrionics
work in some places and he shows he can act while
the others range from just passable to above average.
Dheena’s music falls short of being hummable
but the background score complements the movie’s
On the whole, Vijay R Anand’s script has had
the potential for a socially relevant movie that raises
a few questions on the thriving world of dons with
the assistance of cops and the mysterious encounters.
While the movie fails in a few counts, it does score
in a few; for instance the acting and performances
are not colossally bad. Effectively, Vijay would have
to wait for another chance to fix these shortcomings.
Verdict – Well begun, half done!
: Thambi Arjuna Review,
R Anand, Dheena
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