Thunivu (2023) Tamil Movie Review: Ajith Kumar, dialogues and action sequences are top-notch

Tamil Movie: Thunivu

Thunivu (2023) Tamil Movie Review: Music composer Ghibran’s 50th film

Superstar Ajith Kumar and director H. Vinoth’s third collaboration Thunivu was released in the theatres on 11th January 2023 on the occasion of Pongal. The action thriller co-starring Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani, Ajay, Pavani Reddy, & Veera earned Rs. 93 crores after 3 days of business worldwide.

The plot revolves around a bank robbery of a team including a corrupted police officer ACP Ramchandran (Ajay). After arriving at “Your Bank” they came to know someone is already there with a plan. He introduced himself as Michael Jackson (Ajith Kumar) who doesn’t reveal his plan to them. Who is this mysterious Michael Jackson at the bank? Will he save or kill the hostages? Does he have any backstory behind this crime?

Releasing a movie of Ajith Kumar that too on Pongal led to huge expectations from writer-director H. Vinoth but there were a few areas that failed to meet the expectations. The first one is obviously the screenplay which was very poor compared to Vinoth’s previous films.

H. Vinoth will get full marks for utilizing the leading cast successfully. He allowed superstar Ajith Kumar the maximum screen presence which somehow helped audiences’ engagement. He presented the superstar in a way that many did not even think of. Apart from him, Manju Warrier’s character Kanmani looked convincing and Samuthirakani as Dayalan provided a decent performance. But the plot and the theme don’t look entertaining, the songs also looked unnecessary.

Post interval the pace of the narrative got a bit down and it may bore you sometimes. The cinematography by Nirav Shah looked okay but the editing by Vijay Velukutty could have been far better in a few scenes. The film was made with a budget of nearly 200 crores and will thoroughly entertain you with some eye-catching action sequences.

Thunivu marks Ajith Kumar’s 61st film and the music composer Ghibran’s 50th film and his 2nd collaboration with the superstar after Valimai. The concept of Thunivu looks very much similar to Mahesh Babu starrer action drama Sarkaru Vaari Paata which was also about a bank scam. The movie also has a little bit of similarity in parts with the superstar’s movie Mankatha.

The theme of financial fraud is a very common one so if you are not adding some good elements to the main plot then the chances of entertaining the audience become very low. Here we have the Superstar who shoulders the movie on his own, the dialogues and the action sequences were also pretty good.


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