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by : Behindwoods review board
Jayam Ravi, Tamannah, Shaam,
Yuvan Shankar Raja, Thaman
Jayam Raja is back to doing what he is
best at - remakes - and proves that he
is after all a master in this craft. This
time around, he has used the Telugu flick
Kick to adapt to Tamil settings with plenty
of spices to augment the original product.
After an impressive performance in
Peraanmai, Ravi is in his home
The brother duo combination along with Tamannah and
an ensemble star cast has delivered a lengthy (solid
three hours and ten minutes) entertainer.
Thillalangadi is about a young man Krishna (Ravi),
who is restless and seeks something in life which
he himself is not sure of. He gets kicks out of doing
things extraordinary. He cannot stay in a job which
fetches him a lakh of rupees for more than a month
because it gives him the kicks to throw his job away.
Normalcy is his pet peeve and he goes to any extent
to just enjoy the ‘KICK’; in the process
baffles and miffs people around him. His parents Prabhu
and Suhasini understand him and leave him to his destiny
knowing very well that Krishna will never go astray.
The film opens with a generous footage of Nisha (Tamannah)
doing yoga in a sexy avatar in all possible angles
in Malaysia. (A surprise for a Jayam Raja film!) Her
parents bring forth an alliance for her and she is
asked to meet a boy in a train. She agrees with much
reluctance and meets the boy Krishna Kumar (Shaam).
The story starts unfolding with Nisha narrating how
she met Krishna (Ravi) and parted her ways with him.
Nisha’s first meeting with Krishna itself is
an excited event wherein she tries to help her friend
(MLA Nalini’s daughter) who wishes to elope
with her driver Das (Sathyan). Krishna being a friend
of Das appears to double time the couple in love only
to get them married off. From then on, it is fiery
encounters between the lead couple that oscillates
between love and hate. When Nisha completes her story,
it is Shaam’s turn and he divulges the real
reason for his Malaysian visit. The rest of the film
is about Nisha and Krishna’s love, misunderstanding
and Shaam’s mission with some predictable and
some unpredictable events.
Thillalangadi is almost scene by scene replica of
the original Kick. Raja’s narration is interesting
but is way too long. In fact, the second half is tediously
lengthy to the point of exhaustion. The ‘family’
feel which is generally present in Raja’s films
is missing in Thillalangadi. That apart, he has dealt
with a subject that is a wee bit unusual in his own
style. The film, in its first half is ridiculously
silly and asinine in some parts but slowly warms up
Vadivelu plays a significant role to up the laughter
quotient and he is aided by Santhanam, Mansoor Ali
Khan, Radha Ravi, John Vijay and others in the rest
of the film. Ravi looks dashing; dances well, fights
energetically, emotes brilliantly but his voice is
a major let down especially when he tries to mouth
macho dialogues. Tamannah does what is expected of
her. Looks like the lady has relaxed her rules about
costumes and her glamorous avatar in the film is bound
to be a hit with youngsters. Shaam looks stunning
and delivers well too. It is a pity that this actor’s
potential has not been completely utilized in Tamil
films. The other cast members are adequate.
The locations are good and there is a ‘beauty’
feel to the entire film. Everybody is clothed in vibrant
colors, courtesy Nalini Sriram. Her choice and color
of costumes are trendy and noticeable. Major support
to Thillalangadi comes from the music department where
Yuvan Shankar Raja and Thaman come to the fore. All
the songs are hummable and the much talked about ‘Sol
Pechu Ketkaada Sundari’ is interesting with
five Tamannahs and ten Rajas. However, in the second
half, Pattu Pattu Pattampoochi (sung by Silambarasan)
is a total misfit in terms of mood and is forced.
The song follows a heavy mood from the lead pair but
the dance sequences are chirpy. And when you thought
the film is nearing completion, the Thothu Ponene
number comes up reminding clearly of the Telugu connection.
There are many logical loopholes, which can be conveniently
forgiven, as this film is not about any serious stuff.
Thillalangadi has comedy, action, romance, glamour,
sentiment and all the pertinent ingredients in perfect
concoction and is a jolly good ride. It has something
Verdict – Enjoyable entertainer!
: Thillalangadi Review,
Shankar Raja, Thaman
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