Thaarai Thappattai Movie Review - Excessive Gore and Very Little Story

Thaarai Thappattai Movie Review

Bala's movies are a brand in Tamil cinema and the maker has consistently delivered it to his best. He has made with actors like Vikram and Suriya, now it is Sasikumar's turn to perform in Thaarai Thappattai.

Release date: 14 Jan 2016Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Sasikumar, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Kaavya Sha, Amudha Vaanan, GM Kumar, Pragathi Guruprasad, RK Suresh and many othersWritten & Director by Bala Pazhanisaamy
Music by IlaiyaraajaCinematography Chezhiyan
Edited by G Sasikumar Production company B Studios, Company Productions
Distributed by Ayngaran International, Lyca ProductionsRuntime: 128 Minutes
Language Tamil CBFC Rating 'A'

Quick Glance

What's great?

  • • Varalakshmi is the star of the show with an amazing performance

  • • Sasikumar does a better role than his usual friendship doting dialogs

  • • GM Kumar, Amudhavanan and the supporting cast

  • • Ilayaraja's theme music and some dance bits are an aural treat

What's not?

  • • Excessive gore which is hardly justified by the below average storyline

  • • Plenty of bad words not so integral for the characters

  • • Very old formula seen in many Bala films

Sasikumar and Varalakshmi are in the same dance troop. They are karakattam specialists and perform throughout the state. She loves him but is forced to marry a random guy for a better life. But, things don't go as planned.

The Cast

Sasikumar has done a decent job even though he couldn't beat the likes of Paradesi Atharvaa or Pithamagan's Vikram. It might be a bit disappointing but he fits the character. Varalakshmi rules the roost in the first half, especially in acting and her thumping dance moves. The rest of the cast are dark and gritty as expected, Amudhavanan is a pleasant surprise while GM Kumar skillfully handles his part.

The Team

Director Bala has made his own brand and he does an amazing job of preparing the audience's mindset. There is too much of gore, excessive glamor as found in most Karakattam dancers' real life and may foul words in the movie. It is quite justified to an extent but with a villain who is nowhere close to Bala's earlier movies, it doesn't gel. We don't feel pity for the characters so much as we felt in Naan Kadavul.

Cinematography by Chezhiyan is pitch perfect while Ilayaraja brings life with his peppy beats. The sad songs and BGM are however annoying because it has been made too sad unnecessarily which is a letdown. Another area where the movie falls is a lack of story and the one that is there is totally clichéd. You can watch it for a docu drama experience but not for entertainment.

Bottom line - Plenty of gore, very little story and definitely not Bala's best movie!

Certified Fresh - NO!

Stars - 2.5/5