Direction : Vamsi Paidipally
Production : PVP Cinemas
Starring : Nagarjuna Akkineni, Karthi, Tamannaah, Prakash Raj
Music : Gopi Sunder
Cinematography : P. S. Vinod
Editing : Praveen K. L
When was the last time you saw a film that made your spirits so light and enlivened with sparkled up with delight when walking out of theatres. Maybe, it’s too hard to recollect such realms and when you watch ‘Thozha’, you’re surely offered a sumptuous treat to relish upon. The film featuring Karthi, Nagarjuna and Tamannaah in lead roles has Vamsi wielding the megaphone.
Karthi is an underdog across the slum locales of Chennai and has been recently released from prison after his six-month sentence. He is offered to take up the caretaker job of a rich billionaire (Nagarjuna) and it is when these characters, who were bounded to their own ideologies come out of their boxes and start reliving their lives.
It’s really a speculative job to remake an internationally critically acclaimed film and director Vamsi has distinctly made the modifications adapting to the regional tastes. One of the greatest strengths of this film is screenplay and casting. The right choice of actors even for the miniscule role gets more mileage for the movie and their performances are beyond brilliance. The scene where Karthi thanks Nagarjuna for getting his young sister marriage issues sorted and the final episode of waving ‘Goodbye’ is emotionally engaging. The running length extending up to 2hrs30mins could be regarded as a slightest diminishing element, but the beautiful moments well narrated with strong dialogues eclipses the few minus traits. On the technical front, it’s background score is incredible and it would have been nice if Gopi Sunder had focused on songs as well. Cinematography by Vinoth is exotically top-notch , where we get to see the final land of Chennai and Paris with emblazoned colours.
After a long hiatus, we get to see Karthi in a different shade as the lover boy as in Paiyya and Naan Mahaan Alla. His body language and mannerisms with casual approach become the greatest spotlighting key element. Not to miss the impeccable performance of Nagarjuna. In spite of being a superstar, his underplayed role as a quadriplegic patient is something unbelievable and sees him perform is excellent. Tamannaah as a Barbie doll emotes well to the situations and Prakash Raj adds up the best show. Although Vivek gets a miniscule role, he does it efficiently with best approach.
1. Spellbinding performance of Karthi and Nagarjuna
3. Background score and Cinematography
What doesn’t work?
1. The running length
The film with feel-good moments and beautiful message that happiness doesn’t come with money and luxury, but with good heart is very well depicted through ‘Thozha’.
Verdict : Emotionally joyful experience
Rating : 6/10
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