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Tharai Thappattai

(A) (2016)



2 hrs 48 mins

Audience Reviews

144 Ratings

Release Date

14 Jan 2016

Tharai Thappattai Story

Tharai Thappattai (aka) Tharai Thapatai is a Tamil drama movie direction by Bala. The movie Sasikumar and Vara Lakshmi in lead roles. Producer Suresh of Studio 9 Media Works, plays the antagonist role in the film.

Detailed Story Of Tharai Thappattai

Tharai Thappattai movie story is set with the backdrop of the life of folk dancers and their difficulties livelihoods. The story starts with some interesting characters in the beginning like Pulavar Samy (G.M.Kumar) an unsuccessful musician who wastes his life with the bottle, his teetotaller son Sannaasi (Sasikumar) who is the head of a 'Tharai Thappattai' music and dance troupe and the alcoholic Sooravali (Varalakshmi  Sarathkumar) the lead dancer who has the temper of a man but is in love with Sannasi and has a soft corner for Pulavar Samy.

A fan of Sooravali, Karuppaiah (R.K. Suresh) proposes marriage to Sooravali through Sannasi and her mother, who is impressed with his government job and Sannasi sacrifices his love with Sooravali so that she gets married to a government employee and what happens next forms the rest of the story.

1000th film of Maestro Ilayaraja

This movie is 1000th film of Maestro Ilayaraaja in his 39 years old career. The movie has 12 songs and Ilayaraja has already completed all the songs within 6 days.


Director Bala finalised his next project following Paradesi (2013) only in October 2013 and revealed that he would make a film starring his former protege Sasikumar in the lead role, while G. V. Prakash Kumar and Kishore would be the film's composer and editor respectively.

On January 2014, Bala decided to call Ilaiyaraaja in to the project to replace G. V. Prakash. Early reports had suggested that Shriya Saran had been signed on to play the leading female role of a Karagattam dancer, but it was later chosen to offer Varalaxmi Sarathkumar the leading role.

Sasikumar was asked to shave his trademark beard and sport a thin moustache, in order to reportedly play a Nadaswaram player in the movie.

Pragathi Guruprasad, a finalist in Airtel Super Singer Junior competition, was picked to make her acting debut as a Sasikumar's sister in the film, later she left out of the project. Producer Suresh of Studio 9 Media Works, was signed on to play the antagonist in the film.

Early reports had suggested that Shriya Saran had been signed on to play the leading female role of a Karagattam dancer, but it was later noted that she had only been auditioned for the part.

However, after also auditioning other actresses, including Shravanthi Sainath, he then chose to offer Varalaxmi Sarathkumar the leading role and subsequently asked her to lose ten kilograms for the film.

The team also selected Hindi film maker Satish Kaushik to portray a character in the film.


The soundtrack has been composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film has garnered a lot of expectations in being promoted as the 1000th film score of Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack consists of seven tracks: five songs and two theme scores. 

The single released by Saregama was the song Aarambam Aavadhu, a Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy number from the 1959 film Thanga Padhumai, remixed in this film.

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