Thani Oruvan review: Good vs evil tale marred by a bad script
How pharmaceutical cartels withhold cures in the greed to spin money is narrated through the noble deeds of an IPS officer, Mithran (Jayam Ravi), who makes it his career's aim to nail baddie Siddharth Abhimanyu (Aravind Swamy).Updated: Jan 31, 2017 19:10 IST
Director: Mohan Raja
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Aravind Swamy, Nasser, Nayanthara, Ganesh Ramaiah, Ganesh Venkatraman
Mohan Raja -- known for films like Santosh and Thillangadi -- directs his brother, Jayam Ravi, in the cop-chase-villain story, Thani Oruvan (The Lone One) that relies on high octave thrill to drive home a rather cliched point. How pharmaceutical cartels withhold cures in the greed to spin money is narrated through the painstakingly noble deeds of an Indian Police Service officer, Mithran (portrayed by a rather wooden Jayam Ravi), who makes it his career's aim to nail the king of all baddies, Siddharth Abhimanyu (Aravind Swamy as an excellent antagonist, suave, cool, calculating and bloody ruthless).
A big flaw of Indian cinema is its tendency to stretch the script to a point where even suspension of disbelief becomes difficult. There are several such situations in Thani Oruvan which, however, gets glossed over by the life-and-death games which Mithran and Siddharth play, and till about the very end, the bad guy -- hiding behind a veneer of sophistication -- seems to get all his moves right. But then, India cinema has to follow the age-old mythological tradition of the good winning over the evil.
The path to this is, of course, paved with scoundrels willing to even sacrifice newborn babies and get their hands bloodied -- all to be part of the huge pharma empire.
First Published: Aug 28, 2015 17:47 IST