Bala's much awaited Tharai Thappattai has finally hit the big screen. Starring Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Sasikumar in the lead, the film is maestro Ilaiyaraaja's 1000th flick. Continue reading our movie review to know what Tharai Thappattai has to offer.
Tharai Thappattai Plot:
The movie revolves around Sooravali, who is a folk dancer,
played by Varalaxmi to perfection. While portraying the struggling
lives of folk artistes, the film also showcases Varalaxmi's
interest towards Sannasi (Sasikumar).
RK Suresh, who comes across as a hysterical villain, tries hard
to marry Varalaxmi forcefully. What happens to Varalaxmi and her
love towards Sasikumar forms the crux of Tharai
A Bala film can never falter when it comes to performances
and Tharai Thappattai is no different. In fact,
this time around, the bar is raised and the performers have obliged
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar may walk away with a National Award and
more for her role in Tharai Thappattai. Sasikumar has
largely underplayed his character (in a good way) and should be
appreciated for letting a female lead take the center
RK Suresh is convincing, to such an extent that you may
subconsciously curse him while watching the film. Rest of the
supporting actors have done their part brilliantly.
Maestro Ilaiyaraaja's music is divine. It is the biggest
positive of this film along with performances. Chezhiyan's
cinematography is raw and callous.
While Tharai Thappattai oozes blood and gore,
the biggest drawback of this film is its second half, where the
climax reminds you of all other Bala flicks.
Are Bala films supposed to end only this way? It's time the
genius film-maker sheds his formulaic climax sequences.
The bright spot though, is his efforts to showcase the
unfortunate lives of folk artistes in the most inhumane way
possible (showcasing the bitter reality as it is) and the first
half, which is a treat to watch, thanks to Varalaxmi.
Tharai Thappattai could've been much better had Bala
focused more on the latter half of the movie, in which he seems to
have forgotten about his steadfast female lead.