Thalaivaa - the hit elements that worked


By Abhishek Krishnan

Ilayathalapathy Vijay appeared to be right on track after his back to back satisfactory successes in Nanban and Thuppakki. Director Shankar and director Murugadoss, the nimble storytellers who helmed Nanban and Thuppakki respectively, were quite evidently the ones who played a major role in bolting a stronger track for Vijay.

The next person on the list, who had been working laboriously, putting in a lot of effort to shape up his tools in order to bolt the track tighter, was director A.L. Vijay. After making neat films such as Kireedam and Madrasapattinam, director Vijay managed to narrate a story that produced a positive nod from the Ilayathalapathy. After acting as a college boy and a military officer in Nanban and Thuppakki, A.L Vijay looked at promoting Vijay to the next level, bestowing him the role of a leader.

But, did director Vijay weave his story well enough to justify the leader in it? The treatment of the screenplay may just not receive a standing ovation. However, with the movie finally releasing yesterday, the August 20th, in Tamilnadu, we look at few aspects in the film which contributed to churn out just enough glue that could be spread along the edges of the seats.


It is great to watch a Vijay movie in a theater packed with his ardent fans. His introduction scene sent whistles and cheers pulsating through the crammed hall. His dance, which has always been a delight to watch, did not cease to fascinate us. His introduction song, Thamizh Pasanga, was brilliantly choreographed, setting up a good intro for the actor with what he is best at.

Vijay has managed to maintain a consistent body shape all through his career which is slowly shaping up to form a perfect V shape.

The sequences after the first half, that transform the dancer into a leader, definitely induces goose bumps through any hard core fan of Vijay. His appearance in a white shirt and blue jean all through the second half dictates a new subtle style statement.


The introduction of Sathyaraj in a period set in the late 1980’s was a tiny surprise element. The actor’s efforts to smash up a few anti social problem makers in a riot, sets the character up for him. He plays the character of a leader of the Tamil people residing in the Dharavi area in Mumbai. His appearance dressed in a white kurtha, with a maroon shawl wrapped around him looked delicate and pleasing.

A few action sequences during his young times and his encounter with a few policemen, when he attempts to escape from them in his old age, brace the audacity in his character.


The first impression Amala Paul gives is that of a typical cute, pretty heroine who is deliberately penned in the story, just to appear in romance sequences with the lead. However, a sudden twist in the tale brushes away the initial impression set on the character. Her actual character in the film is not ventured hitherto by the actress and was hence something unsullied.

Her dance sequence with Vijay, especially in the dance tournament is worth a watch and does have the drive to make a few feet tap under the seats.


When has this young man failed to impress? The songs were impressive and so was the back ground music. Although the BGM in the climax action sequence, brushed through the back ground music of a sequence in Thuppakki, it did create the intended stimulation.

He also surprised the audience with his unexpected appearance on screen in the Vaanganna Vanakkangana song.


Santhanam has got into a phase where the audience is always assured of a few laugh outs whenever he is around. Well, he has not failed to keep up the trust people have on him. His whimsical expressions in the sequences in Australia and his hilarious attempt to save Vijay from a girl who he suspects to be a police officer are pointers that justify the humour elements in the film.


The movie had the colour and tone that set up the mood that A.L. Vijay intended to convey. Nirav Shah helmed the camera very well, with apt frames and angles. The contrast between the romance scenes in Australia and the riot sequences in Mumbai were very clear and neatly captured.

If we overlook the facts that the movie had a very slow screenplay and that there were not many surprise elements in the script unlike Ilayathapathy Vijay’s previous films, the movie is a good one time watch, especially for his fans.



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