Tharai Thappattai Movie Info:
Tharai Thappattai is a 2016 Tamil musical drama film written, produced and directed by Bala. The film features Sasikumar and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the leading roles, while Ilaiyaraaja composes the film’s music based on karakattam.
Initial release: January 13, 2016 (USA)
Produced by: M. Sasikumar, Bala
it is a special movie for Bala for a few good reasons and mainly because his association with maestro Ilayaraaja for the movie marks the latter’s landmark 1000th film as a music director. Also, he has directed his protégé Sasikumar, who had worked as an assistant director to him in classic “Sethu”, in “Tharai Thappattai” for the first time.
“Tharai Thappattai” has Satish Kaushik, RK Suresh, Amudhavaanam, Kaavya Shah and others in the cast. Chezhiyan has handled the cinematography department while G Sasikumar has edited the flick.
Like his usual films, Bala has taken a backdrop that are not touched by many mainstream filmmakers. This time, he introduces us to karakattam art (It is an ancient folk dance performed to woo rain goddess Mariamman). His lead characters are Sannasi (Sasikumar) and Sooravali (Varalaxmi), who are in love, are folk dancers. The story gets a twist when Karuppaiah (R.K. Suresh) enters the scene to marry Sooravali.
Her mother requests Sannasi to convince her and accept the proposal. The hero decides to sacrifice his love, hoping that his sweetheart will lead a better and happy life if she marries a government servant. But he pays a price for his decision and what happens next is the best part of the revenge story.
“Tharai Thappattai” is an intense drama in which Sasikumar and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar have come out with flying colours. The film has a raw screenplay packed with emotions. It is not for lily-livered cine-goers and family audience may not be impressed by the film due to overdose of violence. Bala’s intent to make a movie on the folk artists have been appreciated but apparently many feel that there is not anything new in his screenplay and describe it as old wine in new bottle. Read, viewers’ response below:
Kaushik LM posted: #TharaiThappattai 3.25 / 5. Spl mention to the voluptuous karagattam dancers who bare it in skimpy outfits& the censors for passing the film
Won’t have repeat value due to the very serious and morose nature of the 2nd half. #Bala stands his ground again
Promising first half but a typical #Bala bloodbath end. Intent to make a film on TN folk artists is laudable
#TharaiThappattai – @studio9_suresh is deadly as the villain. Terrifying characterization with some shades. He’ll become hot now.