Expectations got bigger in accordance to heavy promotions and strong affirmations from producers and makers of ‘THERI’. Starring Vijay, Samantha and Amy Jackson in lead roles, the film has a promising bunch of actors – Radhika Sarathkumar, Mahendran, Naan Kadavul Rajendran and many more. The film is directed by Atlee and is produced by Kalaipuli S Dhanu with GV Prakash composing music and George C Williams handling cinematography and Ruben on editing.
The film’s plot opens with Vijay seen as a family person leading a peaceful life with his daughter Nainika. Amy Jackson is the school teacher of Nainika and following some encounters, they get acquainted. During an occasion, when Amy Jackson has some issues with roughnecks urged Vijay to make his way to Police Station. Over there, a cop recognizes his true identity, but Vijay somehow manages to clear it off and then Amy Jackson through intense internet research manages to find out that he is a reputed IPS officer.
What’s the buried past all about? Why is he leading a life with hidden identity? Atlee narrates the tale of flashback with emotions and sentiments blended with action and commercial ingredients.
Getting to see the film as whole, we tend to notice that it holds a time-worn plot with a much predictable screenplay. Atlee can thank his team of technicians for offering a substantial support. Be it Cinematographer George C Williams and background score by GV Prakash offer more strength to this film. In fact these elements elevate the mass appeal of Vijay in many scenes that turn out to be a massive treat for fans. But disappointingly, songs become too fallible and that’s not something everyone expects from a Vijay film. One more highlighting trait in this film is that the stunt choreography is extraordinary. Characterizations of Vijay have been sketched with best impact and so for Samantha. Art works in songs are really appreciable.
Irrespective of what the film’s screenplay or narration, it’s Vijay’s screen presence that seeks everyone’s attention. It has been very well done and he becomes the absolute showstopper. Be it mass sequences or something more sentimental, he just makes it all appealing. Samantha portions have been very crafted and Amy Jackson doesn’t get a substantial role to perform. Radhika Sarathkumar proves genius yet again and her performance is incredible. Mahendran appears by the point of intermission, but his role could have been sketched yet more powerful. Naan Kadavul Rajendran manages to tickle funny bones here and there. Baby Nainika is surely a pleasant star on the screen and her innocence becomes a major attraction.
1. Vijay and Nainika
3. Background score, Editing and Cinematography
What doesn’t work?
1. Stereotypical plot and Predictable screenplay
As you walk out of theatres with the final avatar of Vijay followed by the bloopers and Kuthu song, barring few minuses and drawbacks, it’s Vijay’s screen presence and his charismatic persona that retains in your memories.
Verdict - Definitely, a good watch for family audiences and Vijay fans.
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