- Movie Review
by : Behindwoods review board
Shriya, Prakash Raj, Santhanam
has a very simple story, the
kind that used to be very popular
in Hindi cinema during the 70s,
the tale of long lost brothers
reuniting. However, the basic
plot that has been made into
a movie many times does not
automatically mean that Thoranai
is not worth a watch. The makers
have their intentions in the
right place; to make a full
length entertainer with minimum
fuss. Also, the fact that this
theme had been cast aside for
quite a few years makes its
comeback a bit interesting.
The real question is whether
Saba Ayyappan has managed to
weave a good commercial mix
around this simple premise or
Geetha has two sons. Influenced
in the wrong way, the elder
of the two does something inappropriate
that really angers his mother.
In a fit of rage she inflicts
physical punishment on him.
Hurt both physically and mentally,
the boy runs away from home.
Years later, his younger brother
(Vishal) decides to come to
the city in search of him, to
take him back home. But, the
city is not friendly to him.
He runs into trouble with the
local dons of the place (Prakash
Raj and Kishore). But he is
not the sort of man to
lie down and take all the sticks that are
being thrown at him and he hits back. In
addition to being at loggerheads with him,
the two local dons are fighting against
each other for primacy in the area. Unwittingly,
Vishal gets caught up in this race to get
the better of the other. He is literally
caught between the devil and the deep sea.
But, there is a big surprise/shock waiting
for him in this tussle. He accidentally
discovers what he had originally set out
for. Into this setting enters Lal, as an
honest policeman. How Vishal puts it across
the dons, how he finds out his brother (who
is his brother?) and persuades him to come
back home forms the story.
In the midst of the dons and the brothers,
the director has made space for a romance
track and a comedy track too. The comic
scenes, handled by Santhanam, Paravai Muniamma
and Mayilsaamy should be able to impress
sections of the audience. But it is tough
to appeal across the board to all people.
Certain scenes evoke laughter, like the
spoof on the yesteryear duet featuring Santhanam
and Muniamma. There had been a lot of talk
about how Vishal was going to try his hand
at comedy in Thoranai. But, barring the
scene where he dresses up as Lord Rama and
performs a gag to escape from a tight situation,
there is nothing else. Even that scene does
not have the desired impact. But, it is
the romance that fails to leave any impression
whatsoever. The chemistry between Vishal
and Shriya is totally non-happening. The
movie for a large part keeps oscillating
between the main plot and the side tracks,
frequently interspersed by songs which prevent
the central theme from gaining momentum.
That is the major drawback of the Thoranai.
That apart, the key scene where Vishal identifies
his brother could have been better. Also,
the means of identification is fetched straight
from the annals of cinema (birthmarks, family
songs and other similar things).
Vishal is his usual self in Thoranai. The
script doesn’t give him the scope
to exhibit his skills in comedy. The dons,
Prakash Raj and Kishore have walked through
their roles with ease. Prakash Raj especially
has done similar roles a huge number of
times, so there is nothing new on offer.
Apart from the main comic stars, there is
also M.S. Bhaskar who appears as Prakash
Raj’s sidekick and induces a few laughs.
Shriya unfortunately is there just for the
songs and the glamour. This statement is
a bit clichéd but the actress has
done nothing else since the days of Sivaji.
Thoranai is a decent fare. Priyan’s
camera has captured a few good visuals,
especially in a couple of songs ‘Pattuchcha’
and ‘Vaa Chellam’, the locations
are scenic. Music by Mani Sharma is middling.
The fights have come out well, as in most
is a film that has been made with the right
intentions; to entertain. Quite apparently
there has been a conscious effort to incorporate
all regular commercial elements to appease
the masses. Debut director Saba Ayyappan
(also in charge of story and screenplay)
has not made full use of a great opportunity.
Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script
and better execution could have yielded
far better results.
Mass entertainer that misses the bull’s