Release date in Tamil Nadu: 20.8.2013
Cast and Crew: Ilayathalapathy Vijay (Vishwa, Vishwa Bhai), Amala Paul (A.C.P Meera Narayanan), Santhanam (Logu), Sathyaraj (Ayya, Vijay's father), Ragini Nandwani, Rekha (Geetha), Nassar (vital role), Y. Gee. Mahendran, Rajiv Pillai, Abhimanyu Singh (Bhima Bhai), G V Prakash Kumar (Special appearance in song)
Director: A L Vijay
Producers: Chandra Prakash Jain, C.P. Sunil and C.P. Dinesh
Music: G V Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Thalaiva (Thalaivaa) which has become the recent talk of the town movie, has finally released today in Tamil Nadu after much fight back showing housefull to all leading singles and multiplexes.
Thalaivaa is partly shot in Australia and major parts in Mumbai in India.
Mumbai has become a favourable shooting spot for Tamil movies and has also striken the right chord giving many successful blockbuster and box office movies like Bombay, Nayagam, Thuppakki and many more to the list.
The movie Thalaivaa (Thalaiva) assures something unique with its backdrop and the director has given a new shape to Ilayathalapathy Vijay moving away from his usual fondness for punch dialogues suiting to the movie.
There were also speculations running around that the story of Thalaivaa (Thalaiva) has a little shade of the early blockbusters like Nayagan, Bombay, Devar Magan but the director has made all efforts to make sure that the movie doesn’t bear a resemblance to to those blockbusters.
Vijay will be seen as an expert dancer in Australia which is for the first time in his career to take up this role. Most of the song sequences are added in Australia.
Amala Paul joins as a student in Vijay’s dancing team and the later part will be Santhanam and Amala Paul’s romance and comedy sequence.
Amala Paul plays as a love interest to Ilayathalapathy Vijay with Santhanam’s comedy sector plays a vital role.
Ram Murthy (Sathyaraj) who becomes the saviour of all needy people in Mumbai, decides to send his son, Vishwa (Vijay) to Australia to avoid him in getting into any problems.
Vijay runs his own business in Australia and takes part in the dancing competition which is his passion.
There, he meets Meera (Amala Paul) and falls in love with her and decides to get his father’s permission.
The story takes a twist in the second half of the story when Vishwa learns about the real face of his father and how Ilayathapathy Vijay becomes the leader forms the rest of the story.
Vijay has done justice to his character and has proved himself onceagain as a good dancer. He has done a serious role in the second half of the story which fans may not have come across in his early films.
Amala Paul has used this opputunity as an ACP Meera and has maintained her character in two different shades.
Sathyaraj (Ramamurthy)has done to his perfect level, Abhimanyu Singh (Bhima Bhai) has very little scope in the movie. Santhanam (Logu) has delivered his comedy part very well connecting to the audience as ever.
Ponvannan as Ranga (Chitappa), Y. Gee. Mahendra as Lawyer Radhakrishnan, Sam Anderson (Cameo Appearance) and G. V. Prakash Kumar (Special Appearance) for Vanganna Vanakanganna song sequence have done their part well.
Vijay’s dancing style, acting performances, and his transformation in the second half of the story from a ordinary man to a leader.
Santhanam’s comedy dialogues and his light hearted comedy are major plus to the story in the first half.
Though, the movie visually moves slowly in the second phase, it engages the audience with many twists and intelligent scenes in the second part.
Run Time which is almost around 182 min, Screen play and direction which is dragging a little.
Ilayathalapathy has started exploring new ventures and the movie is overall a commercial entertainment blended with all sorts of ingredients like comedy, romance and action.
Time for all Vijay fans and audience to grab a popcorn and enjoy the complete commercial entertainment movie.