The protagonist of Kangana Ranaut THALAIVII is a well-made and well-written political saga that is adorned with another award-winning performance by Kangana Ranaut.

Thalaivii review {3.5 / 5} and review rating

THALAIVII is the story of a girl’s journey from being a prominent heroine to a prominent political figure. The story begins in 1965. Jayalalithaa, also known as Jaya (Kangana Ranaut), is a future Tamil film actress. Her mother (Bhagyashree) has convinced her to join the profession so that they can have a stable income. Before long, Jaya gets a chance to star alongside MJR (Arvind Swamy), one of the biggest superstars in Tamil cinema. MJR loves Jaya’s attitude and fearless personality. She, meanwhile, falls in love with his caring nature. They both end up working together on many movies. They emerge as one of the most popular fuck, much to the chagrin of RM Veerappan (Raj Arjun), PA of MJR. Veerappan believes that MJR’s fondness for Jaya may spell doom for the superstar. A few years later, MJR enters politics and joins DMK, headed by Karunanidhi (Nassar). Karunanidhi wins the state elections by a record margin and one of the reasons is that MJR campaigned for him. Unfortunately, MJR is unable to attend party meetings. Also, he is more popular and Karunanidhi does not like that. They both have a confrontation after which MJR leaves DMK. You decide to create your own political party. Veerappan warns MJR that he must stay away from Jaya before he causes problems for his political career. MJR agrees. Jaya is devastated. Then the story advances 10 years. MJR has become the prime minister for the second time. Jaya doesn’t get many movies due to her age. Start accepting dance shows. One such program offered to you is a government sponsored one in Madurai. At this event, he meets MJR once again. This time, MJR invites her to join his party. Jaya refuses, but as she returns to Chennai, an incident leaves a profound influence on her. In a short time he entered politics. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

Thalaivii movie review

THALAIVII is based on the book ‘Thalaivi’ by Ajayan Bala. Vijayendra Prasad’s story is excellent and does full justice to J Jayalalithaa’s journey from movie star to Prime Minister. It is not possible to show all the important episodes and therefore the writer has selected and chosen the best aspects of her life. Fortunately, it is worth it. The script by Vijayendra Prasad and Rajat Arora is captivating. There are many dramatic moments in the film and the writers have written them very well to achieve the desired impact. However, the first half is not that powerful. Also, the focus at this time is mainly on Jaya’s cinematic journey. Rajat Arora’s dialogues are sharp. The dialogue writer is known for his clever, hiss-worthy lines and lives up to the hype.

AL Vijay’s address is very simplistic and solid. The film is executed in such a way that it is easy to understand for all sectors of the public. He defines the characters very well from the start and has peppered the film with some well-executed dramatic sequences. In the second half, he takes the movie to another level. Special mention should be made here of the sequence of MGR’s funeral. Surely one gets goose bumps. On the other hand, he is not in top form in the first half. Scenes are edited recklessly as if to hastily cut down on execution time. Some sequences will leave the audience puzzled. For example, the scene where MJR is filmed by a disgruntled film producer is quickly over and viewers will have a hard time understanding what exactly happened. This defect is also seen in the second half. Why didn’t Jaya inform MJR that her meeting with Indira Gandhi had been successful? Was it a form of revenge or is something else again something that can confuse the public? Lastly, the Hindi version has a great challenge, as the film is about a southern politician. Most of the viewers in North, West and East India know her, but they may not be interested in seeing her biopic.

THALAIVII begins with a dramatic scene in the Assembly and sets the mood. One expects fireworks from here on. But the movie then focuses on Jaya’s film career. Even here, the creators go out of their way to keep viewers interested. The Medu Wada sequence works very well. Yet one frets as you wait for your political journey to begin. That finally happens in the second half and then there is no going back. From Jaya exposing the corruption in the noon meal show to Jaya courting Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her campaign to climax, AL Vijay keeps the film on a consistent level. The funeral sequence, of course, is out of the world and even the pre-climax and climax contribute to the mass ratio. The movie ends on a rocking note.

Kangana Ranaut lives the role and is fantastic to say the least. As the heroine of the bygone era, she is completely compelling and even as a fiery political leader, she rocks the show. In short, this is another award-worthy performance from the National Award-winning actor. Arvind Swamy is a great surprise. He had a very challenging role but achieves it effortlessly. Both Kangana and Arvind complement each other well and their chemistry is electrifying. It is also commendable how the creators have treated Jaya and MJR’s bond. Raj Arjun is the third most important actor and has a considerable role on screen. For most of the movie, he is constantly angry at Jaya. However, it plays its role well. His eyes speak a lot. Nassar, as expected, is quite nice. Bhagyashree is subtle and fit for the role. Madhoo (Janaki; MJR’s wife) doesn’t have much reach. Thambi Ramaiah (Madhavan) is righteous. Flora Jacob (Indira Gandhi) is fine, but Rajiv Kumar (Rajiv Gandhi) looks just like the former Prime Minister of India.

GV Prakash Kumar’s music is poor. The movie would have benefited if it had had a chartburster. ‘Chali Chali’ is average while ‘Nain Bandhe Naino Se’ it is well filmed and choreographed. ‘Teri Aankhon Mein’ leaves no trace while ‘Hello Kamaal’ it works more because of the pictures. The main track is the best of all. The background score is cinematic and dramatic.

Vishal Vittal’s cinematography is spectacular. Especially the indoor and campaign scenes are exceptionally filmed. Neeta Lulla’s costumes are glamorous and reminiscent of the clothes that stars and political leaders wore at the time. S Ramakrishna and Monika Nigotre’s production design is very detailed. The bygone era is perfectly recreated and they have also made sure the movie looks like a great event. Pattanam Rasheed’s makeup is perfect. Unifi Media’s VFX is decent. Ballu Saluja’s editing is top-notch in the second half, but in the pre-interval it’s pretty messy.

Overall, THALAIVII is a well-done and well-written political saga that is embellished with another award-winning performance by Kangana Ranaut. However, the bad news and the prolonged closure of cinemas in Maharashtra will greatly affect the box office prospects for the Hindi version.

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