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A still from the movie 'Thadaiyara Thaakka'

By Vivek Ramz

Arun Vijay's home production Feather Touch Entertainment has produced ‘Thadaiyara Thaakka’ after two mass masala films ‘Malai Malai’ & ‘Maanja Velu’. Unlike the previous two, this one gets you glued to the screen right from the opening credits. After a decent debut with the rom-com 'Mundhinam Paartheney', director Magizh Thirumeni takes a different route altogether and comes up with triumphant.

What's it about?
Selva, (Arun Vijay) is an ordinary man in Chennai who's living happily in his own space. He owns a travel agency and is about to get a big travel contract from an IT company. He loves Priya (Mamta Mohandas) sincerely and things are well in his life, along with his three friends. Meanwhile, there’s also the character of Maha, an underworld bigwig who will go any distance to kill people crossing his path. Selva wins the contract but when he is about to get married and settle down, destiny has something different in store for him. Selva's life takes a sudden U turn as he gets trapped in Maha's group due to certain circumstances and situations go out of control. How he gets out of this is shown with some intelligent scenes and interesting twists and turns.

First of all, hats off to Magizh Thirumeni for coming up with an interesting storyline and narrating it with a difference. He deserves full credit for developing the plot with such minute detail and connecting the dots. He has very intelligently combined the subplot (Gayathri's life) into the main one and keeps the audience guessing till the very last scene. The screenplay is laced with few commercial ingredients too and provides the necessary relief in between the thrills. His characters are beautifully written and he has provided adequate background for each and every one.

It's Arun Vijay’s show and he has given his 100 per cent to this movie. He plays the character of the lefty Selva with such finesse and his well-toned physique adds strength to the action sequences. One wonders why luck played a spoilsport for this deserving and hardworking actor. Mamta Mohandas delivers a mature performance and her romantic scenes are delight to watch. Maha Gandhi and Vamsi Krishna have portrayed the bad men characters of Maha and Kumar convincingly. Though Rahul Preet as Gayathri appears in very few scenes, her presence is felt in the end. The supporting cast like Aruldas and Murugadas have also done their job to perfection.

There is no compromise on the production values and the film is technically fresh and sound. Background music by Thaman is top notch and takes this thriller to a higher level. Though the 'Poondhamalli' track may please the front benchers, it's the romantic melody “Kelamale” that steals the show. Sukumar's lighting goes well with the theme and his camera work is good too especially in the scene where the lead takes on the henchmen single-handedly. Slick and sharp editing by Srikanth-Praveen duo is another plus.

On the downside, the typical fight at the end could have been chopped away for an effective climax. Also, the finger scene in the finale which should make one heart beat faster, looks silly and gives the opposite effect. The ending credit with the TV clips goes a bit overboard.

What to do?
If you love action thrillers, then it's a must watch!

in.com rating – 3.5/5

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