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Thalaivaa Review

Chennai, Aug 21 (): Thalaivaa released with a bang in Tamil Nadu. The long wait for the movie has come to an end after 11 days and Vijay’s fans are fully excited to watch the movie. The film has opened with highly positive reviews from both critics and audiences. The first day response is overwhelming for this much-delayed movie.


3 / 5

Cast & crew

Cast        : Vijay,Sathyaraj,Amala Paul,Rajiv Pillai

Direction: A. L. Vijay

Production : Chandra Prakash Jain,C.P. Sunil,C.P. Dinesh

Music          : G. V. Prakash Kumar


The story of the film is set against the backdrop of the slums of Dharavi in Mumbai. An ordinary man Ramadurai (Sathyaraj) is forced to turn into a gangster to save people residing in Dharavi. Then, he becomes the Godfather for the residents.

After the death of his wife, he sends his only son Vishwa (Vijay) out of the country to keep him away from the shadow of his Don world.

Unaware of his father’s Godfather life-style, Vishwa grows up in Australia. He runs a dance troupe ‘Tamil Pasanga’ with his Tamil dancer friends. At one juncture, he meets Meera Narayanan (Amala Paul), a Tamil girl and falls in love with her. Along with her, he also wins a dance competition ‘Make a move’. Then, Vijay returns to Mumbai with Meera and her father (Suresh) to meet Ramadurai to discuss about his marriage.

At this juncture, Ramadurai is brutally killed by the bad guys and circumstances force Vishwa too to pick up knife to save mankind. He steps in the shoes of his father and what follows forms the rest of the story.


Vijay is seen in two shades – one as a mass leader and the other a dancer.

Amala Paul gets ample space throughout the first half with Vijay and shares a good on-screen chemistry with him. The movie has a twist when her actual character is revealed.

Ragini looks charming. Though appears in only a few scenes in the film,she is able to make you feel of her presence.

Sathya Raj has played the gangster, but the portrayal of the underworld Don role is not properly depicted by him. Moreover, he reminds one of the role played by Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar.

Santhanam has maintained a good comedy track throughout the movie.

Cinematographer Nirav Shah has done an excellent job.

GV Prakash Kumar’s music is good. Two songs ‘Tamil Pasanga’ and ‘Vanganna Vanakkanganna’ take credits. Background score in the second half is not up to the mark, as the music given during Vijay’s characterization as a Leader has not come out well.

Director AL Vijay has churned out a story that suits the image of Vijay.


Thalaivaa is a family entertainer with all elements of love, dance, comedy and action packed into it.