Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 15 January 2016
Sasikumar, Varalakshmi, GM Kumar
When filmmakers break stereotypes early in their career, we call them trendsetters. After a point of time, these directors fall in love with their own style of film making, and they refuse to move away from their comfort zone. Thaarai Thapattai is a template Bala film meant strictly for viewers like his morbid stories with plenty of violence and gore!
Sannasi (Sasikumar) is a great Nadaswaram and Davul vithwan, and he leads a troop of folk artists. The star attraction of the troupe is Sooravali (Varalakshmi), a fiery, bold, outspoken girl with a heart of gold.
Sooravali unconditionally loves Sannasi and she will go to any extent to get his attention. Saanasi is also smitten by her but does not admit it. When he is ready to propose, her mom arranges her marriage with Karuppaiah (RK Suresh), who introduces himself as a driver to the district Collector.
After one year, Sannasi comes to know that Karrupaiah is actually a pimp and Sooravali’s life is in danger. Can our hero save his loved one’s life? A bloody climax is what you can expect in the end.
As you read the plot— except the milieu of folk artists colony everything else including chracters, the way they behave, talk and react are typical of Bala films. Having said all this, we admire Bala for his guts to make a film with Sasikumar and Varalaxmi and the authenticity in portraying the lifestyle of folk artists.
Varalaxmi is the star of the show with a standout performance. She is extraordinary as Sooravali, as she oozes confidence and doesn’t miss a beat. You cannot takes your eyes off her as she makes you laugh, cry, hate and sympathise with her.A big thumbs up to Varalaxmi for a memorable performance, which keeps us rooting for the first half. Post interval she vanishes only to turn up in the climax.
Sasikumar is apt in the role of Sannasi while RK Suresh, as the cold blooded scary villain is extraordinary.Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja has once again scored full marks with his BGM and songs while Chezhiyan’s cinematography is another major plus. Overall, Thaarai Thappattai is a typical Bala film which will be enjoyed by his hard core fans!If violence doesn’t make you uncomfortable, chances are you’ll enjoy this film.
Verdict: Bold & Disturbing