The standard formula for any Tamil rural drama these days is take a couple of aruvaals or scythes, add liberal doses of a fiery hero who bashes men and speaks in a monotone about home, values, and family sentiments. Then mix well with random songs, throw in a couple of romance in the form of a heroine, bake in the oven of sentimental melodrama, and serve spicy hot – with a dash of comedy sprinkled on top. Jiiva’s latest outing Thirunaal has all of these.
It works sometimes but in Thirunaal, though, Jiiva tries too hard to show some changeover from his previous films it doesn’t help in any way. P. S. Ramnath pretty much goes with the same formula, with some romance, large doses of action and of course extreme violence, and all you can think of is how soon will it end
The story revolves around Blade, a young rowdy who ends his association with his boss and gang for the sake of his love and her family. The story is pretty much stale, boring and the lifeless writing from Ramnath makes it a tedious watch. There are scenes that actually has no connect to the story whatsoever. In the first half, the film just takes too much time to pick up, leaving us restless. After a decent interval block, the film heads to nowhere with silly drama and songs which tests your patience and a forced message in the end which baffles the audience.
Coming to the performance, it is an easy task for Jiiva, who portrays Blade with all his sincerity. His action scenes show his agility and power. Nayanthara is apt as a strong village belle. The untouched chemistry of Jiiva and Nayanthara after 10 years works in favour of the film. Sharath once again proves that he is an effective villain material while Gopinath is made to look like a stupid police in the middle. Nothing much to say about the rest of the cast.
Thirunaal cannot boast itself to be riding high on the technical front as the script too does not warrant it. The camerawork just passes muster. Except for Palaya Soru, Srikanth Deva’s music is largely forgettable. This melodramatic movie doesn’t have a new story to tell and the closing message about violence and thirunaal (festival day) is again a really dated thought.
The film might probably impact a few of the village-folk but even they might not tolerate such a cliched tale, in spite of the high drama in the second half. Ultimately the culprit clearly is Ramnath, who’s come up with a half-baked script that manages to destroy even Jiiva’s credibility. This flick is indeed blade and no brains.
Our rating – 2.25/5