Pathu Thala Movie Review
Silambarasan TR-Gautham Karthik starrer “Pathu Thala”, an adaptation of Blockbuster Kannada movie ‘Mufti’ is directed by Obeli N Krishna, who shot to fame for his couple of decorous flicks – Sillunu Oru Kadhal and Nedunchalai. The film is a crime-drama featuring the musical score by AR Rahman.
The story opens with an undercover cop (Gautham Karthik) settling into a group of much-dreaded Land Mafia Kingpin in Kanyakumari –AGR (Silambarasan TR) to find out the missing Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Santhosh Prathap). The cop’s mission gets perfect until he starts witnessing some revelations that changes his perception about AGR. However, it is too late as situations have gone beyond control.
To start off with, it’s Silambarasan, who keeps stealing the spotlights from one scene to the next. He might arrive late in time, but it’s all about him. He is the biggest attraction of this film, and Gautham Karthik gives his best of his potentials to remain perfect to his characterization. Well, if you have watched the original version, there are rooms for comparison, but then, Obeli N Krishna has done some compromises to escalate the heroism elements. He has also handled the emotional aspects of the film with right dose. Be it the brother-sister bonding or the friendliness that blossoms between STR and Gautham Karthik by the end: they are wonderfully shot, and the actors Silambarasan, Gautham Karthik and Anu Sithara have expressed it neatly. There are few characters that contribute intensely towards the film, which includes the honest aide of Silambarasan, and the gangster, who blows out his covers and shocks Gautham Karthik. These actors definitely deserve special mention for their good performances.
It is evident that AR Rahman has taken scrutinizing efforts to deliver a laudable BGM. There are few scenes that look normal, and ARR keeps pushing them high with his score. The score for final face-off between STR and the baddies is excellent, and so is the cinematography.
If we are looking out for the flip side, there are few to mention that includes the weak and feeble villains. By empowering the substantiality of antagonists, the protagonist’s role would have been more appealing. The first half looks slightly slow-paced as it takes times to settle us with the characters, and the premise. However, the pace spikes up with the post-interval sequences. Special mention to Krishna for few dialogues that are appreciable, “Inga Nalladhu Seiyya Kooda, Oru Ketta Mugam Theva Padudhu”.
Overall, Pathu Thala stands out to be an amalgamation of promising performance by Silambarasan, good making, and neat presentation. STR manages to walk away with appreciations, and the entire team has significantly done the best.
Verdict: Screen presence of Silambarasan, Director Krishna’s decent narrative and commendable technical aspects make ‘Pathu Thala’ engrossing.