It’s a Do-or-Die – when you hear Vijay speaking it out in style for the teasers, you would have your inquisitive minds looking out for more. Thalaivaa chronicles through the life of Vishwa (Vijay), whose life takes a turn when his father Anna (Sathyaraj) is brutally murdered and he becomes the saviour of masses.
First to start off, director AL Vijay seems to have been vividly inspired by Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar franchise (Sathyaraj’s body language and mannerisms are identical to Amitabh Bachchan in both the installments). The first half of this film has some light moments and it nearly take an hour and a half (intermission) to gain the momentum. Again, Vishwa taking over the position of his father Anna faintly reminiscences the shades of Devar Magan (Kamal Haasan in a new get up). Of course, the prologue of the film showcasing the growth of Anna from an ordinary man to a don is a collage of Nayagan again. Nevertheless, the second hour of Thalaivaa deserves appreciations for its engaging screenplay albeit the longest duration. The conflicts between Vishwa and Bheema (Abhimanyu Singh) keep us on edge-of-seats, but to a certain extent. The offering of twist that comes as a betrayal in interval and the climax to Vishwa gets a pat on the shoulder for director Vijay.
Vijay as a chirpy young guy in the first half is a delight to his fans, especially his fan circle of girls. His leap into the action zone during the latter part is all of his action lovers. Amala Paul has tried to achieve a good status with this film, which is appreciable in places. Revealing her role in this film would be a big spoiler and we want to conclude your verdict after her role on the screens. Santhanam doesn’t carry the more humor when compared to his previous, but his witty liners keep the film refreshing. Sathyaraj is brilliant in his performance. Although his role is limited to not more than 30 mins, his overpowering act becomes a major strength of the drama. Abhimanyu Singh could have been utilized yet more finely. We always see him as a mindless stereotypical baddie and the directors can call him for something on unique roles. Manobala, Ponvannan, YG Mahendran and others in the cast have given their best performance. It looks like Sathyaraj’s character name was purposefully tagged as Anna only to hear the characters praise Vijay as ‘Neenga Annaviyae Minjittinga’.
Musically, the background score by GV Prakash stands out best on places, but a couple of songs ‘Yaar Indha Saalai’ and ‘Vaanganna Vankanganna’ are the only best numbers. Cinematography by Nirav Shah is a good piece of work and Anthony is sleek.
On the whole, ‘Thalaivaa’ doesn’t exceed your expectations. It is engaging in parts, nevertheless, due to the resemblance of several films, there is a dearth of newness into it, but caters to the taste of Vijay fans.
Final Take – Strictly for Vijay fans.