First of all what i want to say is , the review which i gonna tell below is my personal view about the film and one may not feel the same about the film.

Thalaiva can be told as a mass film which is told in a classy way,the film does not allows you to get away from it as A.L Vijay has inserted such ingredients in the film at regular intervals of the film.Vijay has done his role maturely in areas like comedy along with santhanam ,dance ,romance ,fight scenes with daring and dashing looks. From the beginning to the end there is small twists in the film.

This time A.L Vijay starts the film with a flashback of Vijay father Sathyaraj ,after that with full energy Vijays introduction was shown -after ther the introduction scenes VIJAY – VIJAY duo made everyone to wonder by the song Tamil Pasanga which has a great dance visuals by the team and the film continues this pace further with comedy scenes of Vijay – Santhanam along with romantic scenes between Vijay – Amala paul.

With this pace  film goes on and A.l Vijay manages sudden twists and turns before the end of first half and he ends the first half after a some shocking scenes.

Second half of the film makes the film differ from other commercial mass story films,here A.l Vijay has adopted a different way of story telling without taking the path of usual story telling -even though the second half tells   how the hero becomes The leader(Thalaiva) and how he manages to take revenge to the opposite party – it was told in a classy way without any punch dialogues and gravity less fight scenes.

In second half also there is mix of comedy scenes and twist scenes in the film along with some scenes of one way romance of girl on Vishwa bhai – Vijay.Ragini Nandwani has done her role perfectly – she also looks good in the film.

Finally the film comes to an end by showing Vijay in a similar costume of Sathyaraj.

Now when it comes on how many stars i should give for the film – I may give 3.5 stars to the film out of 5.



Vijay has matured as an actor of substance in commercial cinema with Thalaivaa. Not only is he a one-man entertainment troupe who can dance, fight, romance and do comedy with ease, but can also act. One of the highlights of the film is the emergence of Vijay as an actor from a star, as he excels in emotional scenes.

However he is let down by a weak script and takes its own time to evolve, which slows down the narration. The film at 177 minutes tests your patience especially in the second half. The thread of the film is etched out of various don films where father is a don and son under difficult circumstances is forced to take over his mantle (Godfather(English), Thevar Magan, Nayagan, Naduvazhigal (Malayalam), and Sarkar(Hindi) ).

The film begins with how Anna (Sathyaraj) a Tamil in Mumbai becomes a powerful don and is revered by the locals for the way he provides instant justice and runs a parallel government. His son Vishwa (Vijay) is living a cloistered life in Sydney where he is a successful entrepreneur and has also his own Tamil dance troupe.

However, suddenly due to certain circumstances he is forced to take over his father’s empire and continue to provide instant justice to the people who had trust in his father. Will the son rise to protect his father’s legacy and take on his enemies’ forms the rest of the story

The best part of Thalaivaa is the first half set in Australia as the breezy romance between Vijay and Amala Paul peps up the mood, along with the comedy of Santhanam makes it a fun ride. However the second half, the film loses its tempo and drags big time as things get serious with no romance or comedy.

GV Prakash’s background score especially the theme music and a couple of songs are really good. “Yaar Indha Saalai..” is soothing and picturised beautifully in Australia and Vaanganna Vanakkanganna. is rocker mainly due to Vijay’s dancing and singing. Nirav Shah’s camera is picture perfect with the right colour tone.

Amala Paul shines especially in the romantic scenes in the first half and dubbing in her own voice is a major plus. In the second half her characterisation undergoes a change, and the way she manipulates the climax is fantastic. Her costumes are chic and performance is top class. Sathyaraj is terrific as the Godfather of Mumbai. Santhanam is a scream, and his one-liners with a straight face provides humour in a grim story.

The major plus of the film is Vijay. He is good in emotional scenes, the best is the point where he sees his father getting blown up. You can see that he has evolved as a fine actor with a restrained and mature performance in that particular scene. And is there a better dancer than Vijay in Tamil cinema? You can’t take your eyes off him in the Vaanganna.. song.

On the downside, the film has too many scenes inspired from Godfather mafia type movies. The film is nearly 3 hours and needs urgent trimming to make it fast. The second half is longer than the first half and the pace slackens due to slow change of scenes.

On the whole, Thalaivaa likes the curate’s egg is good in parts and would have been better if it was more racy and shorter.

Sify.com has given 4stars out of 5 for the film.



Thalaivaa and feels that A slow film with a good amount of substance. More class, less mass. Read full review here….IlayathalapathyVijay is back with hisone and only release in 2013, Thalaivaa. Joining hands with director Vijay for the first time, Thalaivaa stars Amala Paul, Santhanam, Sathyaraj, Ponvannan and many others. Produced by Mishri Productions, Thalaivaa has cinematography by Nirav Shah and music by GV.Prakash.Thalaivaa is a 3 hour biopic of a common man who turns into a leader.The movie starts off in Mumbai with Sathyaraj’s character being introduced.

It quickly jumps onto Australia, where we have Vijay’s entry with TamizhPasanga. The screen is set ablaze with some breath-taking dance moves. Amala Paul and Santhanam make their entry, and the first half moves filled with fun, while looking colorful. There is a hilarious surprise too. Thelove track is well etched and special credits have to be given to the song picturisations.As the movie moves to Mumbai, more facts are unveiled, with the mother of them all at the interval block.Into the second half, and Thalaivaa begins to drag around a bit. The unimpressive villain, a few clich�-ridden old fashioned scenes and a needless second heroine all work against the film. But AL Vijay does garner your attention with some brainy scenes and a good climax.

VaanganaVanakangana is an added delight.Thalaivaa is undoubtedly one of Vijay’s best performances till date. His casual acts as the chic and trendy dancer as well as the spirited leader are a treat to watch. He has truly matured as an actor. Amala Paul fits in her shoes to the T, and is soon reaching out to be one of the dusky beauties of Tamil Cinema. Sathyaraj has a powerful role here, and makes his presence felt while he’s onscreen. Santhanam packs a punch with his one-liners and is sure to put a smile on your face with every appearance. The supporting actors have done justice to their roles, Ponvannan and Rajeev Pillai stand out among the rest.Nirav Shah’s professionalismwith the camera is felt in every frame. He is one of the lynchpins of the movie and has put in a superb effort. Even though the editing is good, some effort could have been put in to make the movie crispier. Stunts by Stunt Silva are fine, however they arescarce.AL Vijay always opts for a slow moving screenplay and Thalaivaa is no different. The movie takes its owntime to unfold.

One does tend to loseinterest at some points. Had he worked a little harder on the execution, Thalaivaa would have gone places.GV.Prakash’s songs might have done wonders, but his BGM is totallyout of place. The excitement in someinteresting scenes has been broughtdown by the bland background score. One had to wait long for the Thalaivaa theme, and it has been putto worst use at the climax.Thalaivaa is not the normal racy entertainer you will expect from Vijay. It is a movie which travels on aslower note, peppered with morale values and lessons to learn. It will entertain you and at the same time, enlighten you. A different Vijay film, by any means.

Verdict : A slow film with a good amount of substance. More class, less mass.

Rating : 3.25/5


In the much-anticipated wait for Thalaiva, director Vijay remarked that he felt masses might begin referring to ‘Ilayathalapathy’ Vijay as “Thalaiva” Vijay instead of his long held moniker. Upon watching the film this perspective is not hard to understand as his latest, reveals a Vijay different from what we’ve ever seen before. Helmed as a more serious action flick, reminiscent of Godfather tones in its trailers, Thalaiva took on the bold task of marrying commercial action with a grittier look at how those without means seek justice for a myriad of social issues. Was the combo of Vijay & Vijay successful in delivering a balance of mass and meaning?

The film begins in beautifully picturized locales of Sydney, Australia where we meet typically talented and charming lover-boy Vishwa, played by Vijay, who along with a gaggle of dancers run a successful business while also pursuing fame in major dance competitions. The premise is the perfect excuse for Vijay to steal the scene with his youthful moves, and fulfill the comedy track of the film in combination with the always-entertaining Santhanam. A cute but at times silly & slow love story ensues between Vishwa and lead female character Meera, played by Amala Paul in her first pairing opposite Vijay. We learn early on of Vishwa’s close relationship with his father who resides in Mumbai, played by Sathyaraj who is depicted in an elusive but clearly powerful role, and through a plausible cause & effect the film shifts to India where the real story takes place. What follows is a portrayal of don-leadership for the good of the less fortunate, mixed in with familial politics and your typical revenge & good versus evil scenarios, but told in a stylized manner.

The first half of the film drags a bit given the lack of plot development. An hour into the film there is no real conflict at hand, however, within the few minutes immediately before the intermission the audience is rattled with shocking plot & character twists. There are several ‘gasp-worthy’ scenes soon after the break, based on Vijay’s portrayal and stunning cinematography of some raw (but not overtly gory) violence. Although the overarching revenge conflict & final climax scenes are not incredibly unique ideas, they are shot very well and add to the overall style quotient of the film.

Despite a large number of supporting stars the film primarily relies on a few strong performances to maintain the drama and suspense. Sathyaraj perfectly portrays and resembles the strong & silent elder type. Santhanam’s comedy is enjoyable as usual, but he evokes quite a few laughs particularly for referencing some of Vijay’s classic lines (“I am waiting”) & working hard for a chance to play the hero himself. Bollywood’s Abimanyu Singh as the key antagonist could have done a better job; given the intensity of Vijay’s character & the dark-running ‘Nayagan’ tones, a more legitimately frightening villain would have helped add to the serious tones of the film. Amala Paul does a decent job in a fairly interesting lead female character in a male-dominated story.

And of course when it comes to Ilayathalapathy, Thalaiva Vijay the film lives up to its selling point as his “time to lead”. His ever-present lover boy charm and penchant romantic-comedy is seen in abundance in the first half, but his true talent comes through after the break when we watch him so realistically portray someone whose innocence is erased with a few brief realizations and who takes to the ‘dark’ side with such ease. There are several moments when his character is vulnerable and unsuspecting, and that is refreshing as we witness true human weakness & then watch how he overcomes it. Although we have seen him in roles of authority or don-like symbols before (ie. Bhagavathy) Thalaiva shows us a quieter and more pensive hero who only flexes his muscles when necessary, but emits that intimidation from the moment he decides to lead. And his action & stunt work is superb as always, and with his well-maintained physique he looks great in both his avatars as a happy go lucky youth and as a leader. Credits also to Director Vijay in trying to present a different ‘Ilayathalapathy’ to his fans.

The song videos were a true highlight, not only for Vijay’s dance moves & the fresh choreography, but also for the beautiful cinematography. The melody of “Yaar Indha Saalai “ was made sweeter with a cute video weaving together plot development with beautiful Sydney sights, but the “Thalapathy” and “Vanaganna” videos stood out for their colorful and grand portrayals, amidst the dark shades of the second half of the film. The BGM stands out more in the second half.

Technically the film is a real feat, with the kind of camera work & fast paced editing by Nirav Shah and Anthony, respectively, which capture the raw nature of the non-urbanized sections of Mumbai. The film emits a generally sober tone in its colors and costumes while in India, except for the songs, and that coupled with generally realistic looking action sequences by Silva make for a more adult entertainer. Kudos should also go to the costume designer/makeup artist who takes Vijay’s hair & looks subtly from boyfriend to don, leaving us with a mature and powerful looking VJ.

Overall, although slow at the start and missing in some of its character backstories, the film makes up for it with few unexpected turns of events. It is not an overtly commercial film made for those who expect equal parts romance, comedy and action, but a more commercially lighter look at the ‘Godfather’ genre.
Verdict: A different Vijay offering with enough impactful scenes, which takes its time to build up.
( 2.75 / 5.0 )


Finally the time has come for the Vijay fans to see Ilayathalapathy rocking Mumbai underworld as Thalaivaa. The biggest and much anticipated movie of Vijay has been released today. By witnessing the first day response, it looks like the movie is expected to sweep the Box Office.In 2012, Vijay was seen in Thuppakki as a tough cop from Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), who will visit Mumbai, and he spoils the plan of a bomb blast. This time the same Ilayathalapathy is seen as a dancer, who later becomes Thalaivaa (a leader) for the sake of common people in Mumbai.Vijay’s cool dude get-up keeps the audience guessing about the movie and his image of a mass hero. Vijay has proved once again that he is a star and can do justice to all type of roles. The actor appear as an idol who lives for the common people around him. His ‘Do or Die’ attitude makes the movie an entertaining action thriller.Director AL Vijay and Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s combination has come out well. Thalaivaa, which is an action thriller will not only influence Vijay fans, but others too.

gave the movie a 3/5.

Thalaiva reviewed and rated by Metromasti.com

Rated 3/5


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