Cast: Suriya, Keerthy Suresh, Karthik, Ramya Krishnan, Senthil, Kalaiarasan, Anandraj, Sathyan, RJ Balaji and others
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Art Direction: DRK Kiran
Stunts: Dhilip Subbarayan
Written & Directed by: Vignesh ShivN
Produced by: KE Gnanvel Raja
Banner: Studio Green
Release Date: 12-01-2018
Run Time: 02:18:00
It’s only when you watch films like Thaanaa Serndha Koottam do you realise how important it is to tackle all the necessary elements of a neat commercial entertainer. Director Vignesh Shivn, taking the storyline out of Neeraj Pandey’s much-loved Special 26, has knit up a jolly festive romp with Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, one that puts you through enjoyable sequences built with a strong ensemble starcast.
The best part of the film is that it never takes itself too seriously, and is always concentrating on how to get to the next scene without making the viewer cry or crib. Just like how he displayed it in his Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Vignesh’s capability to keep the proceedings lively and emotionally connecting at the same time is an asset, and he puts his skill to use on the writing board itself, having his character sketches clearly cut out. Even in the most low-lying scenes, there’s a surprise element that manages to crack you up and get back on track.
The long wait to see Suriya turning a new leaf has finally ended, as it’s great to see a happy-go-lucky frame for the character Iniyan, which he dons with ease. It’s a solid strategic timeout for an actor who’s been seen in one too many stiff and angry man roles lately. Be it his comics, timely lessons or just the Sodakku leg-shakes, Suriya stands tall and does his part to the T. Without giving him all the credit, we ought to take away some of it for the sublime ensemble starcast that keeps the film on it’s feet. Ramya Krishnan, Karthik, Suresh Menon, Senthil, Sathyan, Nandhaa, Keerthy and everybody else bring their best to the table, be it small or big roles. Watch out for the lovely pre-interval scene which is a joy to watch with the four main actors coming together. There’s also RJ Balaji, who sets a benchmark for the type of roles he got to be doing, so well done.
Technically, TSK is strong enough with terrific cinematography from Dinesh Krishnan who comfortably alters the colors and the tone according to the status of the scene. Editing too, has been noticeably well cut in the interrogation scenes. Anirudh’s music is the film’s buckle, and it rightfully clicks with decent songs and better BGM. The whole lead-up and dance movements in Sodakku are cheer worthy.
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is another staunch example of how a young director should make use of the opportunities and resources provided to him, to develop a near-complete film. There might be drags and lags here and there, but they don’t mind don’t matter in the big picture. Chill out, get a ticket and have a good time watching it, for the film does what it intends to – entertain.