Thani Oruvan is directed by Mohan Raja, the elder brother of Jayam Ravi. Thani Oruvan is studded by a star cast of Jayam Ravi, Nayanthara and Arvind Swamy. Supporting cast include Nassar, Thambi Ramaiah, Ganesh Venkatraman, Vamsi Krishna, Rahul Madhav and others. Music is by Hip Hop Tamila and Thani Oruvan is produced by Kalpathi S Agoram.
Thani Oruvan’s plot
Sorry for the late review. I was caught up with Bersih 4.0 and Najib and his thillu mullu (shenanigans). And, I find Thani Oruvan worth watching and many things Malaysian Indians can learn from it.
The opening of Thani Oruvan holds a twist that promises twists throughout the movie and Thani Oruvan didn’t disappoint on that. Jayam Ravi (Mithran) comes as a trainee cop doing a cop’s job before even becoming a cop. He’s joined by 4 loyal friends, Ganesh Venkatraman (Shakti), Rahul Madhavan (Janardhan @ Jana), Harish Uttaman (Suraj Singh) and Sricharan (Kathiresan, the wimpy guy who impersonated the terrorist in the Tamil movie Payanam) The 5 go around nabbing petty criminals discreetly, led by Jayam Ravi. The police training looks like the real deal and the 4 friends of Jayam Ravi add to the hunkiness quality.
Thani Oruvan teaches a true lesson – how behind petty crimes organized crimes operate. Also, how important it is for a citizen to analysis news and correlate news to get a grip on what’s really happening. Petty crimes distracting people from bigger crimes – perfect example, Low Yat issue, Bersih 4.0 being illegal, DPM’s daughter slandering Bersih participants, racial and religious sentiments fanned to distract people from the 2.6 billion corruption and 1MDB scandal. I hope machas can identify the red herrings in news or at least read news and get to know politics. Thani Oruvan also delves into the devilry of capitalism and cronyism.
The fast paced story is riveting and nail biting. Thani Oruvan keeps one glued to the screen. A bona fide cop movie with capitalism cruelty background. How the rich steal from the poor and how those who try to change it are executed by seeming small time blue collar criminals who are connected to influential white collar criminals.
Main characters in Thani Oruvan
Jayam Ravi (Mithran) comes as an excelling cop with a burning desire to nab a powerful and influential criminal by which petty criminals will be annihilated. He chooses his target carefully and uses police instincts to deal with every stumbleblock put forth by his nemesis. His friends support him and one even gets killed in the quest of doing what Jayam Ravi asks him to do.
Nayanthara (Mahima) comes as a fellow IPS specializing in forensics. She loves Jayam Ravi one sidedly and isn’t shy about her feelings for him. But, her character is made undermined to make Jayam Ravi look perfect. Eventually, when Jayam Ravi crumbles, Nayanthara becomes his pillar of strength and he reciprocates her feelings for him. Kira kautim la.
Arvindsamy (Pazhani/Siddharth Abhimanyu) is the villain, handsome, bubbly yet cold blooded. You either love or loathe him in Thani Oruvan. He comes as a guy who is very clear on his life goals since he was a munchkin – an educated and intelligent criminal who never leaves any unfinished business. His character is well defined and robust. Amul Baby has shed weight too.
Thambi Ramaiah (Sengalrayan) is Arvindsamy’s puppet and father. Arvindsamy uses his dad’s political position to further his ends. Ramaiah lends a humorous and emo slant to Thani Oruvan with his trademark comedy and sentiment.
Thani Oruvan, almost perfect
I have no much flak for Thani Oruvan as it’s simply brilliant. Just two factors.
The 4 hunky, ooh la la guys who are Jayam Ravi’s friends were rather underused. All that masculinity wasted. But of course, like the title suggests, this movie, like most Tamil movies is hero centric. If it isn’t the title would be ‘Thani Oruvan Matrum Palar’ (Him Alone and Others).
They’ve could have gone easy on the punch dialogues and Jayam Ravi overacted in several scenes, making his eyes big unnecessarily.
Thani Oruvan – another good cop Tamil movie. I’d rate Thani Oruvan 4/5.