Kangana Ranaut starrer THALAIVII is a well made and well written political saga that is embellished with yet another award winning performance by Kangana Ranaut.

Thalaivi Review {3.5/5} and Review Rating

Thalaivi The story of a girl’s journey from a leading heroine to a prominent political figure. The story begins in 1965. Jayalalithaa aka Jaya (Kangana Ranaut) is an upcoming actress of Tamil cinema. He is persuaded by his mother (Bhagyashree) to join the profession so that they can have a steady source of income. In no time, Jaya gets a chance to act alongside MJR (Aravind Swamy), one of the biggest superstars of Tamil cinema. MJR loves Jaya’s attitude and her fearless personality. Meanwhile, she falls for his good nature. Both have worked together in many films. He emerged as one of the most popular PairMuch to the displeasure of MJR’s PA RM Veerappan (Raj Arjun). Veerappan believes that MJR’s love for Jaya could spell doom for the superstar. A few years later, MJR enters politics and joins the DMK under the leadership of Karunanidhi (Nassar). Karunanidhi won the state elections with a record margin and one of the reasons is that MJR campaigned for him. MJR is sadly unable to attend party meetings. Also, he is more popular and this does not bode well with Karunanidhi. There is a tussle between the two, after which MJR left the DMK. He decides to form his own political party. Veerappan advises MJR that he should stay away from Jaya before it creates problems in his political career. MJR agrees. Jaya broke down. After this the story moves forward 10 years. MJR has become the Chief Minister for the second time. Jaya is not getting many films due to her age. She starts accepting dance shows. One such show he was offered was a government-sponsored event in Madurai. In this event, he once again meets MJR. This time, MJR invites him to join his party. Jaya refuses but on her way back to Chennai an incident leaves a deep impression on her. In no time, she enters politics. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Movie Review Thalaivi

Thalaivi is based on Ajayan Bala’s book Thalaivi. Vijayendra Prasad’s story is excellent and does full justice to J Jayalalithaa’s journey from film star to chief minister. It is not possible to show all the major episodes and hence the writer has picked and chosen the best aspects of his life. Thankfully, it pays off. The screenplay by Vijayendra Prasad and Rajat Arora is captivating. The film has a lot of dramatic moments and the writers have written them very well to bring out the desired effect. Although the first half is not that strong. At the same time, most of the focus is on Jaya’s film journey. Rajat Arora’s dialogues are sharp. The dialogue writer is known for some smart, whistle-worthy lines and he lives up to the expectations.

AL Vijay’s direction is very simple and comprehensive. The film is executed in such a way that it is easy for all sections of the audience to understand. He has defined the characters very well from the beginning and graces the film with some well executed dramatic sequences. In the second half, he takes the film to another level. Special mention should be made here of the funeral sequence of MGR. It is sure to give a goose bump. On the other hand, he is not on top in the first half. Scenes are casually edited such as to quickly reduce runtime. Some sequences will leave the audience stunned. For example, the scene in which MJR is shot by a disgruntled filmmaker ends quickly and the audience will have a hard time understanding what really happened. This flaw is also seen in the second half. Why didn’t Jaya inform MJR that her meeting with Indira Gandhi was successful? Was it a way of revenge or is there something else that might confuse the audience. Lastly, the Hindi version has a bigger challenge as the film is about a politician from the south. Most of the viewers in North, West and East India are aware of him, but might not be interested in watching his biopic.

The Thalaivi assembly begins with a dramatic scene and sets the mood. Expect fireworks from here. But the film then focuses on Jaya’s film career. Here too the makers try their best to keep the audience engaged. The Medu Vada sequence works great. However, one gets restless as one waits for his political journey to begin. It eventually happens in the second half and then there is no looking back. From Jaya exposing corruption in the mid-day meal program to Jaya wooing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to the climax of her campaign, AL Vijay keeps the film consistently high. The funeral sequence is definitely out of the world and even the pre-climax and climax contribute to the collective quotient. The film ends on a rocking note.

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Kangana Ranaut lives up to the role and is brilliant to say the least. As the heroine of the bygone era, she is completely convincing and as a fiery political leader too, she rocks the show. In short, this is another award-worthy performance by a National Award winning actor. Arvind Swamy is a big surprise. His role was very challenging but he played it with ease. Both Kangana and Arvind admire each other and their chemistry is tremendous. It is also commendable how the makers have treated Jaya and MJR’s bond. Raj Arjun is the third most important actor and has a lot of screen roles. He is constantly angry with Jaya for most parts of the film. However, he plays his role well. His eyes speak a lot. As expected Nassar is quite good. Bhagyashree is subtle and apt for the role. Madhu (Janki; MJR’s wife) doesn’t get much scope. Thambi Ramaiah (Madhavan) is fair. Flora Jacob (Indira Gandhi) is fine but Rajiv Kumar (Rajiv Gandhi) looks like the former Prime Minister of India.

Music by GV Prakash Kumar is bad. Had it been a chartbuster, the film would have benefited. ‘played’ while the average ‘Nain tied with nano’ Well shot and choreographed. ‘in your eyes’ until it leaves a trace ‘It’s awesome’ Works more because of the visuals. Title track is the best. The background score is cinematic and dramatic.

Vishal Vittal’s cinematography is superb. The indoor and election campaign scenes in particular have been exceptionally shot. Neeta Lulla’s costume is glamorous and reminiscent of the clothes worn by the stars and political leaders of that time. The production design of S Ramakrishna and Monica Nigotre is very detailed. The bygone era has been completely recreated and he has also made sure that the film looks like a grand affair. Pattnam Rashid’s makeup is spot-on. Unifi Media’s VFX is good. Ballu Saluja’s editing in the second half is first-class but in the pre-interval it is quite haphazard.

in totality, Thalaivi A well made and well written political saga embellished by another award winning performance Kangana Ranaut, However, due to poor buzz and prolonged shutdown of theaters in Maharashtra, the box office prospects of the Hindi version will be affected to a great extent.

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