Thoongavanam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Kamalhaasan, Trisha, Prakashraj, Kishore, Yugisethu and many more
Editing : Shan Mohammad
Music : Gibraan
Dialogs: Suka
Screnplay : Kamalhaasan
Cinematography: Sanu John Varghese
Directed by: Rajesh M Selva

Kamal’s latest offering for this Diwali is his adaptation of french film ‘Nuit Blanche‘. This is his 3rd film of the year and yes its a hatrick of sorts as he joins hands with Gibraan in this film too. The original was an action thriller and lets see how this Tamil version has been adapted.

Dhiwakar (Kamalhaasan) is an undercover cop working for the narcotics bureau. He is a devoted father of his son (Aman Abdullah). Dhiwakar conducts a very risky operation involving cocaine and drug dealers. He gets entangled in a vicious drug war and his irresponsibility leaves his family in grave danger. Vittal Rao (Prakashraj), a club owner who sells these drugs to the dealers, kidnaps Dhiwakar’s son and demands the bag of cocaine as terms for his release. Working frantically, Dhiwakar needs to find this bag soon, but things get rather complicated when agents from his own department Mallika (Trisha) and Dhiraviyam (Kishore) intercept the bag and suspect him of playing a double game. It remains to be seen if Dhiwakar can find the bag and save his son.

The film takes its own time to establish its characters but once everyone is in the club the action starts to work out very well. The first half is racy enough to set the mood of the thriller. The screenplay is razor-sharp with twists and turns every now and then. But the second half gets a little predictable and slow, but some hardcore action towards the end gives a fitting finale. The film wastes no time in comical elements and it shuttles frame between the various parts of the night club, kudos to the art directors and cinematographer Sanu Varghese for capturing the true essence of the party hard clubs from various angles.

In a role where we are not able to judge whether Kamal is a nallavar or kettavar, the actor simply steals the show. Though he is not the regular one-man army hero, he still packs a punch at the right time. He once again proved his inimitable acting prowess with a wide range of expressions. The high-octane kitchen stunt between, Kamal and Trisha is mind-boggling, kudos to both the actors for clinching the authentic action sequence in style. It’s a completely different role for Trisha and the actress has pulled it off with great elan. Prakashraj proves his versatility in a mixed bag role of comedy and villainy. Kishore, Sampath, Yugisethu, Aman and Asha Sarath play their part well.

The stunt choreography deserves a round of resounding applause. Ghibran’s BGM and sound mixing is something to watch out for, for it syncs with the action sequences quite comfortably and gives the adrenaline rush the screenplay wants. Sanu’s camera work is splendid has he has nothing else to show other than the essence of the night club’s reality. Film is sleek with just 120 minutes of running time. Though an adaptation, the film is a classy thriller, which will definitely satisfy its target audiences..!! 🙂

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