Theri is Atlee’s second directorial. Produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu, cast of Theri are Vijay, Samantha, Amy Jackson, Radhika, Baby Nainika (actress Meena’s daughter) and Mottai Rajendran. Music is by GV Prakash.
Theri – therika vidalama?
Therikave illa. First half story resembles Baasha including the flashback, Joseph Kuruvilla (Vijay) being very careful and protective of his daughter Niveditha@Nivi (Baby Nainika) and getting into old self mode when his daughter is in danger. The Ramasamy of Baasha is Mithra (Samantha) in Theri where she will be mortally wounded and takes a severely injured Vijay Kumar’s (Vijay) pledge to leave police and raise their baby daughter peacefully in a land faraway and subsequently dies.
Amy Jackson, as Annie, Nivi’s class teacher is wasted in an insignificant role. She was used to dig out and pry Joseph’s story as Vijay Kumar.
Nivi speaks Malayalam to Annie, revealing her Malayalee roots and for a moment brings her mother in front of the eyes, that scene in Muthu.
In Raja Rani, father daughter address each other as darling. In Theri, father daughter address each other as baby. Baby Nainika says, “Theri Baby” to Vijay every time he is set to stir some action.
Theri – kathaye ille
The storyline is too many things jumbled up together, it doesn’t complete any aspect. An attempt is made to address the Delhi Gang rape, where a girl is gang raped and to eradicate traces of semen, a rusty iron rod is inserted into her genitals. The girl dies after testifying to Vijay Anna and just when you think Vijay would go pro bono, it becomes personal; Vijay kills the rapist who is the minister, Vanamamalai’s son and the minister gets hung up on getting back to Vijay.
As a result of his actions, Vanamamalai kills Vijay’s whole family and a nyawa-nyawa ikan Mithra, despite being shot in the hip, manages to climb the stairs and save her child and dies in Vijay’s arms.
Vijay goes to Kerala and when Vanamamalai comes to know that he is now living as a different person and that his child is also still alive, again he strikes to kill Nivi. Vijay loses his ahimsa-ness and goes all out as a ‘ghost’ to eradicate the whole of Vananamalai’s gang and the head as well.
Suddenly, Vijay launches a dialogue on parenting – that he had raised his daughter well and that Vanamamalai failed to raise his son as a decent human being. So, we have a very confusing story here.
Again, typical Vijay flick that needs no in depth elaboration, Theri is no different – greatly devoid of logic where police investigation and laws of physics are defied, Theri is definitely a treat for Vijay fans who won’t let him evolve.
I fervently wish that the fighting style in Tamil movies, especially in Vijay’s movies will change but, I’M STILL WAITING.
Theri – mittai killadi. I’d rate Theri 2.5/5