Thursday 22 September 2016
Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh, Thambi Ramiah, Radha Ravi
Ambitious but seriously flawed, Prabhu Solomon’s Thodari smacks of laziness in virtually all departments. The director seems to be inspired by Tony Scott's Unstoppable. As usual, Solomon has introduced a love angle and bunch of comedians to save this slow paced prolonged train journey.
The film fails due to its ridiculous plot, inane dialogues, script holes and its formidable length. Yet the film rests on the appeal of its two leads Dhanush and Keerthy Suresh, who fail to rise above a flawed characterisation and script.
Poochiappan (Dhanush) is a pantry boy in an express train from New Delhi to Chennai. But this particular train ride is special for Poochi as he sees a girl Saroja (Keerthy), the makeup assistant, of an actress who is travelling in the first class compartment along with her mother. It is love at first sight for Poochi but due to human error, the train loses control as the engine driver dies due to cardiac arrest and his cabin door is locked. Can the government and top officials save a Union minister (Radha Ravi) and 700 odd passengers?
Although, it isn't a performance-oriented movie for Dhanush, he tries his best to make the Poochi character believable. The terrific actor in him is wasted here that you wonder if roles in his last few films have sucked all the talent right out of him! He looks exhausted and uninvolved, delivering his lines.
Keerthy Suresh as the dimwit Saroja (hard to say if she is the typical loose ponnu or is she plainly innocent?) has a fairly decent role and she does it convincingly. Harish Uthaman’s character is a major downer, while Thambi Ramaiah and his comedy is plainly annoying. Karunakaran is wasted.
Sometimes a nicely picturised song, comedy, or possibly a relevant message buried somewhere in the mess can save a film. Having said that, the blame for this film falling flat rests squarely with its makers. The special effects are embarrassingly amateurish and dialogues are unbelievably juvenile. Songs by D Imman are good but the director fails in picturising it well.
On the whole, Prabhu Solomon’s attempt to keep it interesting is conspicuous even if not executed smartly. And while Thodari falls short of being an irresistible experience, it sure had the makings of one.
Thodari review Verdict: Falls short