Star-casts: Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Jagapati Babu, Amy Jackson & Lakshmi Rai
Direction: A.L Vijay
Music: G.V Prakashkumar
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar
Production: Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapur
Thaandavam which brings A.L.Vijay, Vikram and G.V.Prakash together for the second time after the Superhit Deivathirumagal fails to reiterate the magic once again. Thaandavam released simultaneously in tamil and telugu boasts to be the first ever film made on human echolocation inspired from a living character Daniel Kish who has also made a cameo appearance in the movie.
The movie starts in London with a series of events including a bomb blast and the lead character Kenny (Vikram) a blind person is portrayed as a gentle and soft natured guy. Kenny plays for a Church Choir in London who eventually reverses his character which forms the crux of the story. Screenplay is a great let down and director Vijay who gave fantastic films like Madharasapattinam and Deivathirumagal isn’t impressive this time around. Though Echolocation is a new concept the movie is just another revenge story with added commercial elements. The character introduction and suspense build up needed for the story greatly lags the screenplay of the movie’s first half.
Thaandavam is mostly saved by Vikram and the national award winner should be praised for his dedication and the way he carries the role effortlessly. Vikram has less dialogues in the movie and he covers it up using his powerful expressions and body language.
Santhanam plays a taxi-driver who steals the show with his impressive one liners and brings some relief amidst dull narration though his stint is shortlived. Lakshmi Rai too plays a brief role and under-utilized.
Nasser plays a Srilankan Tamil speaking Detective Superintendent who heads a bunch of british force with his astuteness. Nasser begins promisingly but constraints in screenplay doesn’t allow him to peak to his potential.
Amy Jackson plays a half british and half Thamizh who has been crowned Miss London. Amy Jackson plays a predictable South Indian movie role of a love lady who falls in love with Vikram. Her role is shortlived and doesn’t make any substance with the movie’s storyline.
Anushka is ravishing, gorgeous and beautiful who comes as a whiff of fresh air in the movie. Anushka’s romance with vikram is beautifully crafted and her matured and dignified acting forms the highlight of the movie. The pair’s onscreen chemistry is oozing out in song Oru Paadhi Kadhavu Neeyadi which Nirav Shah has captured aesthetically well.
Jagapathy Babu plays a smart Raw(Research and Analysis) officer has indeed delivered a neat performance. Supporting cast in the form of Thambi Ramiah, M.S.Bhaskar and Saranya Ponvannan has done a neat job. Daniel Kish the inspiration behind the movie also plays a cameo in the movie who appears for few shots. Manohar Varma the stunt choreographer deserves a special applause for his realistic stunt sequences.
Thaandavam is something special for GV.PrakashKumar as it is his 25th movie as a music director. Uyirin Uyire and Oru Paadhi Kadhavu is impressive with sparkling cinematography by Nirav Shah. The way SP Balasubramaniam brings in so much energy and expression into the song Shiva Thaandavam is laudable.
Nirav Shah’s cinematography is sparkling especially the outstanding visuals of London done with aesthetic frames and lighting
Thaandavam’s dreary screenplay hampers the much needed pace for a film set in espionage backdrop. Though Vikram comes for rescue in most parts the dull and predictable sequences doesn’t help Thandavam’s course. Thaandavam fails to add the required curiosity needed for the subject and lacked punch in several shots.
Pros – Vikram, Anushka, Cinematography, Music
Cons – Dull Screenplay, Predictable Story, Weak characterization
Rating : 2.5/5