Thilagar Movie Review
Cast: Anumol, Kishore, Dhruvva Mrudula, Poo Ram, Neethu Chandra
Director: G.Perumal Pillai
Music Director: Kannan
Cinematographer: Rajesh Yadav
Editor: Kola Baskar
Director Perumal Pillai has chosen the 'Thevar' community in Thirunelveli backdrop and raw violence as the two important aspects in Thilagar.
The film begins with at a prison where four juveniles are convicted in a gory murder case and a seven year old kid who was believed to be the witness comes to the jail to identify the murderers. If the kid identifies, the juveniles will slaughter him but to their fortune the small boy chose to not point his finger for some reason. The reason behind shows in the flashback.
The flashback shows the charactors of Bose Pandian (Kishore), Ukkirapandi (Poo Ram), Thilagar (Dhruva) and kids life. Bose Pandian (Kishore), a respectable village head and his foe Ukkirapandi (Poo Ram) who is unhappy with Bose Pandian's progress in the society.
At one point of time, things get ugly as Ukkirapandi and his sons brutally assassinate Bose, the rest of the film tells how Bose's innocent brother Thilagar (Dhruva) takes revenge, also the relationship between Thilagar and the seven year old kid. Director Perumal Pillai has got a knack for portraying gritty violence that all the action sequences are top notch, he has also authentically registered the orthodox Thevar community.
The action sequences are not over the board and the actors are not shown as super heroes but as believable characters who could be murdered with a proper plan. Kishore has once again proved his versatility as the powerful Bose Pandian and fits well in such rustic roles.
Poo Ram is a revelation and he could be a perfect cold blooded villain in Tamil films. Dhruva impresses with his looks but the actor struggles hard to emote and he should work on his dialogue delivery as well. Kannan's songs and background score raises the tempo.
Also raw visuals of Rajesh Yadav and Kola Baskar's editing help the movie. Overall, Thilagar is a tailor made film for the south Tamil audiences.