Tharai Thappattai Movie Review

Overdose of violence with no story

Reviews 14-Jan-2016 5:16 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Bala
Production : Company Production, B Studio
Starring : M. Sasikumar, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Music : Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography : Chezhiyan
Editing : G. Sasikumar

Thaara Thappattai comes from filmmaker Bala, who has offered the best movies in the past. The film features Sasikumar and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in lead roles with Ilayaraja composing music. We bring you an avid analysis of this film.


The film traverses through the lives of music groups across Southern villages of Tamil Nadu, where their ancestral lineage has been involved in the cultural folk arts. Sasikumar and Varalaxmi are the main artists with a group that has its own problems. With the changing phase of seasons, their vitality is vanished into thin air and during this interim their personal lives are dwindling.


A wizard by his own skills and proficiency, Bala has kept us so much hooked up to his movie with an unconventional, unorthodox method of narration. In spite of the commercial ups and downs, we always have a special admiration for this filmmaker. When the title was unveiled, the audiences were curious enough to behold something that will surely bestow us with something more intriguing. But what you see on the screens is a complete contrast, where disappointments prevail in every frame and you’re pushed to the limits of restlessness and aversion with unbearable violence and sequences. The basic problem of this film is that it doesn’t carry a proper storyline. Even the last 20 minutes of culmination reveals the purposeful intentional narration of Bala, which nowhere relates to the actual backdrops. Except few folk sequences that include the performance in Andaman Islands and the second hour that throws light upon the deplorable situation of folk artists, nothing is really emphasized on this aspect. Especially, the climax sequence is completely artificial and it’s a disappointing moment to see the byline ‘A Film by Bala’ and most of the audiences silently walking out. Musical score by Ilayaraja is colossal, but we cannot find it going in synch with the visuals. Cinematography is stunning with appreciable angles.


Sasikumar has breathed his complete soul into the characterisation and in most of the places takes a sleepwalk with effortless gesture. Varalaxmi is the actual showstopper, where she pulls out an unimaginable string of power packed performances, but she turns out to be an absentee in the second half only to appear by climax for a deplorable culmination. Her dancing is extraordinary and no one other than her could have done justice to this role. Studio 9 Suresh fits the space with an impeccable performance. But what again disappoints is that usually in a Bala film, even a small role would speak of magnificence, which goes missing here.

What works?

1. Performance by Sasikumar and Varalaxmi
2. Dance choreography
3. Ilayaraja

What doesn’t work?

1. No substantial story
2. Screenplay
3. Unbearable violence and bloodshed

Definitely, Thaara Thappattai is not for the weak hearts and family audiences. It’s a raw rustic film that doesn’t actually carry a proper plot but mainly dominates with violence and bloodshed. When titled ‘Thaarai Thappattai’, the film doesn’t focus on these aspects and fails to impress.

Verdict : Overdose of violence with no story

Rating : 4/10

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