Theal | Director: Harikumar
Starring: Prabhu Deva, Ishwari Rao, Samyuktha Hegde, Yogi Babu, Shatru
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes | Language: Tamil | Rating: 3
Translating foreign films into Tamil has always been a risky business because they often worked in the wrong way rather than the right, but Harikumar successfully combined an effective film on fire, which was the last to hit. Screens for Pongal Weekend. Based on Kim Ki Dook’s Korean play Pieta, Prabhu Deva’s lead role is a seductive but influential film based on the mother – son relationship.
Durai (Prabhu Deva) is working for a Lone Shark Polraj (enemy). Polraj makes a lot of money by lending money to people in the Coimbatore market, but when they fail to repay it with interest, he calls Durai and beats them up and destroys their wealth. Durai, who leads a lonely life finding company in food, alcohol and violence, is a zero in on his personal life. However, his dark life takes a big turn when an old woman comes to his door and claims she is his mother. Durai could not accept this fact at first, and she was pushed and beaten. But over time, he develops an affection for her, which also changes his daily behavior.
Thiyal has a very interesting introduction that catches our attention. Harikumar’s presentation is extremely basic, reminiscent of films released ten years ago. In the making process the director does not stick to any new techniques, uses a very dilapidated color tone, and tries his best to bring the theme of the film only with the essence of its visuals. After establishing the storyline in the first 30 minutes, he sowed a lot of scenes that he sows into the film between Prabhu Deva and Ishwari Rao, they are a little hard to see, but they have an impact anyway. It is this range of tension created by Harikumar that allows us to focus our attention on the fire, but at the same time, it does not come without the compelling commercial compromises of a film in this area. The film is a bit artificial until the end, which draws on the real impact of holding hands.
Romance and comedy tracks featuring Yogi Babu and Samyukta Hegde dilute from its source content. It may seem comforting when these scenes come after a little hard to digest, but as the movie progresses it feels like a speed breaker. However, Theil pulls up its socks and moves quickly to the final stage, where it raises a lot of surprises, many of which are a little shocking and unpredictable.
It was one of the most unique performances of Prabhu Deva’s career. Throughout the film, the actor presents harsh body language and a straight face, expressing his anger and rage in various ways. As much as Prabhu Deva impressed in the film, Ishwari Rao also did well. The actress once again proves her ability in a tough role that is necessary to pull off different types of emotions, and at the climax everything fits together perfectly. Since these two are the two main characters in the film, the other actors have nothing to do and try their best to do justice to their parts.
Vignesh Vasu’s cinematography is dirty and old school, and some of the best scenes would definitely enhance the overall quality of the fire. The film has some good songs by Satya which add emotional value to the background score.
It is clear that Harikumar has done a clean job of translating Pieta’s continuous intensity into the Tamil commercial format for Thiyal. The film has some good dialogues (although Prabhu Deva does not speak much overall), and has an emotional underpinning that goes well and ends well. It is only in his craftsmanship and talkie-making structure that the film falls short of its power, narrowing it down to something more compelling than it could possibly be. But at the end of the day, Teal is a great observation for those looking for intense drama that deals with emotions relative to everyone.