Produced and distributed by Zee studios THALAIVI is directed by Vijay and written Madan Karky. THALAIVI gets a delayed theatre and OTT release because of the then elections and the pandemic later.

It’s a story that is not new to people who follow Tamil Nadu politics. A loose biography that is helped by a generous dose of drama, the first half is languid in its pace while in the second half the movie builds up interestingly though predictably. Like most biopics the film covers up conflicts gingerly, careful not to alienate any particular section. The politics in the film is weak and lacks intensity. The controversies are rushed occupying less screen space while zilch gets decorated.

The cast is brilliant. Kangana Ranaut straddles the screen like a queen and owns the character. Arvind Swami is majestic. Bhagyashree is dignified.. Samundrakanni and Nazzar shine.

Art and production design is neat.Vishal Vittal’s camerawork is good. GV Prakash’s background provides able support while the songs are a huge letdown. Dialogues are plain. Editing by Antony is okay. Direction by AL Vijay is average.

THALAIVI is a flyweight version of one of the biggest heavyweights of Indian politics..





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