Director: Rajesh M Selva
Producer: Chandrahaasan, Kamal Hassan, Gokulam Gopalan, V. C. Praveen, Baiju Gopalan
Production Co: Rajkamal International
Music Director: Ghibran
Star Cast:Kamal Hassan,Manisha Koirala,Prakash Raj,Trisha,Kishore,Asha Sarath
Thoongaa Vanam is a tautly written and executed cop thriller. Rajesh M Selva makes a fine directorial debut aided by Kamal Haasan’s neat screenplay. The ensemble cast assembled by the team is one of the major reasons for the film’s seamless story-telling.
The plot is utterly forthright. Diwakar (Kamal Haasan), a respected officer from the Narcotics Control Bureau, needs to rescue his son who is kidnapped by a drug mafia spearheaded by Prakash Raj. The story happens at the dawn and ends the very next day. The events that happen in the 24 hours are narrated skillfully with topnotch technical expertise and some scintillating background score courtesy of M Ghibran.
The slick editing of Shaan and the extraordinary camera work of Sanu Varghese of Vishwaroopam fame are the highlights of the film. At just two hours and seven minutes, the film runs at a jet speed and gets over before you even realize.
The first half effortlessly offers an edge of the seat experience to audiences and the interval block nicely sets the stage for the second half, which slightly drags towards the end. Trisha delivers her once in a life time performance. The kitchen fight sequence where Trisha and Kamal exchange blows is one of the superbly choreographed stunts in recent times.
Sampath, though underutilized, strikes a good chemistry with Prakash Raj, who plays the main antagonist. Kamal Haasan has stayed faithful to the genre by sketching negative shades to all the important characters. Ghibran sets the perfect mood and atmosphere by delivering a mishmash of background scores for emotional scenes and fight sequences.
Overall, Thoonga Vanam is a good watch for the ones who love cop thrillers.
3 out of 5 (Good)