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Critics Review: Thalaivaa Gets Mixed Response

By Sandesh

Thalaivaa got a grand release on August 9. The movie starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay starrer is receiving mixed reviews.

Thalaivaa is directed by AL Vijay, has Vijay and Amala Paul in the lead roles. The movie deals with the story of a dancer (Vijay), runs a dance school in Sydney, where he meets the female lead Amala Paul. The actress joins his dance school. Soon, the duo falls in love. Vijay makes a trip to Mumbai to see his dad and ends up becoming a mass leader.

Actor Vijay's Thalaivaa is getting huge response all over. Few critics claim that the movie is adaptation of Kamal Hassan's Nayagan and Ram Gopal Varma's Bollywood movie Sarkar. Thalaivaa is also an attempt from the crew to title Vijay as Thalaivaa.

After saving Mumbai people from a serial bomb blast in Thuppakki as Defence Inteligence Agency (DIA) agent, Vijay has landed in the same city as mass leader. The much anticipated movie is receiving average ratings from the critics.

Click on slides to know the critics review on Thalaivaa...

Oneindia: 3 Stars

Thalaivaa appears like an attempt to give Vijay a complete mass look again. His fans, who used to call him 'Thalapathy', will give him a promotion to 'Thalaivaa'. However, audience will have no clue why the movie is shot in Mumbai. Nonetheless, it is must watch for Vijay fans.

Timesofindia: 3 Stars

Thalaivaa is inspired by Nayagan and Sarkar. Thoughtfully the director thanks makers like Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma at the start. This film is a good attempt to rehash the mafia tales of yore. And Mumbai has been used more effectively here than in most Bollywood movies. However, it's failing is the length. At three hours and two minutes, the movie tests your patience.


Thalaivaa is a bibliography, so there are citations from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan (based on The Godfather), Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar (also inspired by The Godfather) and Vijay’s own back catalogue. Vijay's role remembers us the character played by Amitabh Bachchan in 70s 80s in the movies like Dewaar.

Behindwoods: 2.75 Stars

A different Vijay offering with enough impactful scenes, which takes its time to build up.

Indiaglitz: 3.25 Stars

A slow film with a good amount of substance. More class, less mass.

Sify 2.5 stars

Standing tall in the list of India's best cinema are some films such as Mani Ratnam's Nayagan and Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar.A.L. Vijay has completely gone haywire since Madraspattinam, which still remains a path-breaking film in his career. In his effort to make films with superstars such as Vikram and Vijay, he only ends up churning half-baked products.

Metromasti: 3 Stars

The first half of the movie entertains with romance, class performance of Vijay alongside Santhanam and Amala Paul's hilarious comedy performance. It gets off to a slow start in the second half but slowly grabs the attention with some intelligent scenes and climax.

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