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Sathya - Movie Review

Verdict - “Captivating Thriller!”

In the last two years, Sibiraj managed to deliver few movies. Though nothing worked big-time, every film was unique in script showing Sibiraj's selectiveness in choosing. Sathya, directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthi is a remake of Telugu movie ‘Kshanam' and to be honest, this is Sibiraj's best movie in his career. 

Sathya (Sibiraj), an NRI, returns to India to help his ex-girlfriend Swetha (Remya Nambeesan) in finding her kidnapped daughter. What happens next follows a tale with twists and unpredictable scenes. 

Sibiraj has gave his best performance in the movie. Be it showing emotions or anger; he did well in them. The script is not clumsy with many characters. It only revolves around a few, and the actors who essayed those roles like Remya Nambeesan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Anandraj, and Sathish delivered what is required. 

The main scope of the film is its script. Being a remake movie, the director has extensively worked on the script not to make it look like a carbon copy. I liked his way of presenting a thriller with a perfect blend of love, sentiments, action and other required elements. Not once he over went in any scene making the movie an easy yet an interesting one. 

Simon K. King's background score adds another plus to the movie. He, with his BGM, naturally elevated the film making it even more rousing. 

On the whole, with a crisp run time of 129 minutes and a gripping script, Pradeep Krishnamoorthi delivers a solid thriller.

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade – B+ (Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Tharai Thappattai - Movie Review

Verdict: “A typical Bala movie.”

If exploring new and untouched genres in Tamil Cinema is an art, then Balu Mahendra is a Picasso of it. Director Bala continues his legacy and went on to make realistic, dark and disturbing movies depicting the life of commoners with his films “Naan Kadavul” and “Paradesi”. He carried the same with his latest “Tharai Thappattai’ showing the life and struggle of folk artists.

The movie revolves around folk artists Sannasi (Sasikumar) and Sooravalli (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar). They and their troop of folk artists make their living by performing in temple festivals and other events. Sooravalli has an eye for Sannasi and wishes to marry him. At that time, Karuppaiah (RK Suresh) tries hard to marry Sooravalli forcefully and achieves by convincing her mother. What happens to her next forms the rest of Tharai Thappattai. 

A Bala film would never disappoint when it comes to performances. The actors tend to give more than their best in his film and Tharai Thappattai is no different. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar had given an incomparable performance. The actress has given her body and soul for the character and left us in awe with her immense acting skills.

Sasikumar has let Varalaxmi overtake him in performance and has executed his role in a restrained way.  Other supporting actors have done to best of their ability.

“Maestro” Ilaiyaraaja carries the film with his spellbinding background score and songs. Tharai Thappattai has the prestige of being Raja Sir’s 1000th film as music director. Music is the biggest plus for the movie alongside performance. 

Chezhiyan has brought the emotion of the film to the big screen with his camera work. 

Bala has done a perfect job in showing the unfortunate life of folk artists in unsympathetic way possible and was successful in showing the reality in the first half of the movie.  But the letdown was in the second half and the climax ends the way his all movies would end. It could have been better if Bala had worked more on the second half and the climax to make it look different from his other movies.

Nevertheless, Tharai Thappattai is raw, oozes blood and inhumane in certain scenes. It is a typical Bala movie and may not appeal to everyone. 

My Rating: 3.25/5 
Grade: B+ (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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