Thodari Movie Review
Direction & Writer : Prabhu Solomon
Producer : T. G. Thiyagarajan
Cast : Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunakaran, Ganesh Venkatraman
Music : D Imman
Cinematography : Vetrivel Mahendran
Editor : L.V.K. Doss
Production company : Sathya Jyothi Films, God Pictures
Running Time : 168 mins
Thodari is said to be the First full length train movie in Kollywood. Film is all about the love story of a train pantry worker and a touch up girl who meets during a train journey. How the develop love, what kind of obstacles they face, did they unite or not, with a minor twist frames the plot.
Dhanush as a train pantry worker, did his portions well. To be frank, his role doesn’t have much scope to perform. His scenes with Thambi Ramayyah are better than the romance scenes with Keerthy Suresh. Dhanush should be appreciated for accepting this ‘first attempt – a full-length train’ script.
Keerthy Suresh as ‘Saroja’, a touch-up girl of a famous heroine. Her expressions seems little artificial throughout the film. Radharavi as Minister who travels in the train, his performance is the best among all in the film. Thambi Ramayyah’s few comedy scenes with Dhanush are enjoyable remaining are bore.
Karunakaran’s performance is good. Harish Uthaman’s role and expressions were irritating. Cameo from a bunch of actors including Ganesh Venkataraman, Chinni Jeyanth, Darbuka Siva, Boss Venkat etc.Train plays a major role in the movie. Kudos to the art direction department.
Music is composed by Prabhu Solomon’s favorite composer D.Imman. Film has 3 songs in total whereas audio album had 4. Among the 3 songs, ‘Pona Usiru…’ stands out with Shreya Ghoshal’s magical voice. Picturization of all the songs are below par. Imman’s background music is good.
Visually the film is just decent when compared to previous Prabhu Solomon projects. Neat cinematography from Vetrivel Mahendran, Poor CG work and editing. 2 hours 47 minutes duration for this film is something which makes us yawn. Train stunt choreography is executed well.
Prabhu Solomon, the man who delivers beautiful films like Myna, Kumki and Kayal this time joins with a good performer Dhanush. He extracts the base plot from hollywood film ‘Unstoppable’. With no story and proper screenplay, he struggled to move each scene. Only good part is the dialogues. Witty dialogues makes the film a passable one in the slow paced first half.
Second half is filled with scenes which trolls TV Channel talk shows and Dhanush running, fighting and romancing over the top of 140 km/hr moving train. Post interval romantic portions are kind of irritating. Only strength in the movie is the comedy scenes and Radharavi’s portions. Hope Prabhu Solomon will bounce back with a good script.