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Endearing tug at the heart strings!
Thozha offers straight forward feel-good drama, embedded with cherish-able moments all the way. After long, it’s refreshing to see a film without even a slight grey shade, but made just to make you laugh, and teach you a load of good. The slight inconsistency and the alien feel at places might distort you a bit, but Vamshi Paidipally pins down a film that the team can be proud of. Uplifting, likable drama.
Cast: Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamanna, Prakash Raj, Vivek, Jayasudha & others
Music: Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: PS Vinod
Editing: Praveen KL
Stunts: Ravi Varma
Costume Designer: Ravikumar Pilla
Production Designer: Sunil Babu
Dialogues: Raju Murugan
Screnplay & Direction: Vamsi P
Release Date: 24-03-2016
Run Time: 02:35:15
Films on friendship have paved our shores many a times in the past. And as you would already know it, the core of a film on friendship lies in the rapport between the lead characters, stressing on their camaraderie. Vamshi Paidipally’s latest offering in Thozha lends a fantastic crux from the French, adapts it pretty well with Indian sensibilities, and presents a delightful film for us to watch.
The film rides on the rope between the lead men in Karthi and Nagarjuna, who form a great pair satisfying both audiences. Thozha gets its right, with its ability to clock hilarious moments out of its melodramatic space, not going over the top. The shifts between the sweet nothings and the teary-eyed scenes are seamless, and that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the rich visuals, neat tech work and the wordplay from Raju Murugan and Murugesh Babu. Though there are a handful of dull moments throughout with the needless songs adding worry, the feeling at the end of it all is near-complete, leaving a smile on your face.
Karthi is amazing with his comic timing, with the rib ticklers such as the painting snippets and the episodes with Tamannah working wonderfully. He also emotes excellently, this is arguably one of his better performances till date. Nagarjuna as a quadriplegic on the other hand has limited scope with just facial expressions on his palette, but he makes sure that he doesn’t negate the effect created by the rest. Tamannah’s character lacks depth, but she provides enough and more eye-candy with her glowing, gorgeous appearance. Watch out for Prakash Raj and the late Kalpana, who are much more than just supporting cast here.
PS Vinod’s work in Thozha is a definite treat to the eyes. His commanding control over the visuals are a big plus, especially in the Parisian portions where he gets tons of area to cover. Praveen KL’s unleashes his artistry cutting the right amount of reel, as the film doesn’t feel too laggy even at a length of 2 and a half hours. Gopi Sundar hasn’t made much of an impact with his songs, but he makes up for it with his background score which does impress.
Toting up, Thozha offers straightforward feel-good drama, embedded with cherish-able moments all the way. After long, it’s refreshing to see a film without even a slight grey shade, but made just to make you laugh, and teach you a load of good. The slight inconsistency and the alien feel at places might distort you a bit, but VamshiPaidipally pins down a film that the team can be proud of. Uplifting, likable drama.