Review By : Release Date : Sep 22,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hour 48 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Arjun Thyagarajan, Sendhil Thyagarajan Cast: Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh Direction: Prabhu Solomon Screenplay: Prabhu Solomon Story: Prabhu Solomon Music: D Imman Background score: D Imman Cinematography: Vetrivel Mahendran Dialogues: Prabhu Solomon Editing: L.V.K. Doss Lyrics: Vairabalan, Yugabharathi PRO: Nikkhil Distribution: Sathya Jyothi Films

In the recent times, Dhanush has mostly been acting in commercial scripts that would cater to a wider section of audience. It was surprising and exciting when it was announced that he would be teaming up with a director like Prabhu Solomon, someone who is known for making emotional and close to reality films with nature playing a major role in most of his films. This unconventional team has come up with an emotional thriller that takes place in a moving train. So how good is this train (Thodari) journey?

From the trailer of the film, one would guess, that the film talks about a moving train that has been hijacked. Is it really about a hijacked train? May be not but nevertheless the moving train is in grave danger.

Dhanush once again proves that he is a director’s actor and has given his 100% to the script. He has played the role of a pantry worker with finesse and conviction. Be it comedy, romance or sentiment, Dhanush has performed with ease and élan.

The surprise package however has to be Keerthy Suresh who has for the first time got a role to showcase her real talent. She gets to play an innocent girl not the typical one you find in all films. She travels through the film and one must say she fits the bill completely.

Romance, comedy, tragic incidents, suspense, good music and some beautiful pictures of nature- these are some of the trademark elements that you find in all Prabhu Solomon’s films. Thodari too is a concoction of all these added with few action sequences which might look force fitted to satisfy the fans of Dhanush. A couple of them could have been put away.

It is nice to see Prabhu Solomon come out of his comfort zone and try to make an experimental film like this. Though you would find logical loopholes, it engages you throughout. At the end of the day, its love story and you will hear a lot of heartwarming flowery dialogues that don't gel with reality, but it's fine as long as the audience accepts it. Still, one feels the melodramatic pre-climax portion could have been treated differently.

One of the biggest plus points is that the comedies keep coming in spite of the core plot being very serious. Prabhu Solomon has taken extra care to satisfy all sections of people. Thambi Ramaiah and Karunakaran deserve a special mention in helping the director to keep up the pace but if you are looking for a serious film, these comedies could seem like a distraction.

Harish Uthaman comes in as a commando. He gets to don an eccentric role with negative shades with unpredictable nature. He keeps getting into the nerves of Dhanush all the time. One scene where he talks about cross state politics was uncalled for and could have been avoided especially at current times. Scenes like that could trigger the youngsters in a wrong away. Sequences where the director takes a dig at youngsters taking selfies for publicity and media misusing their powers are lively.

Though Imman could not give a good pre-release buzz to the film through his music like he usually does for all Prabhu Solomon films, he has tried his best to elevate the overall feel with his RR.

Good camera angles, but let down by some underwhelming graphics. The CGI part looked hurried and demanded more detailing. The major drawback of the film was that the whole play was made to look very superficial. As a script, it is exhilarating but it demanded a better execution. What was the National Security Guard doing? They seemed clueless and even the media officials shown in the film had better ways to cover the incident.

Verdict: Strong script which could have worked better, if there were no compromises.


( 2.5 / 5.0 )


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Thodari (aka) Rail

Thodari (aka) Rail is a Tamil movie with production by Arjun Thyagarajan, Sendhil Thyagarajan, direction by Prabhu Solomon, cinematography by Vetrivel Mahendran, editing by L.V.K. Doss. The cast of Thodari (aka) Rail includes Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh.