After the lukewarm reception of his last film Puli (2015), Vijay needed a mass hit and Raja Rani (2013) fame Director Atlee has given his fans just that. Lot was riding on தெறி (Theri) with all the media hype, Vijay claiming to be performing triple action, Veteran Director J.Mahendran doing an important role and two alluring beauties Samantha and Amy Jackson as co-stars to Vijay. I certainly enjoyed the film. Vijay has served a 3-course treat for his fans. My college-going nephew loved the movie.
Seeing the trailer with Vijay in a police costume and as a mellowed father to a young girl, I was expecting something on the lines of Ajith‘s Yennai Arindhaal (2015), which itself is a remake of Vijayakanth’s superhit Chathriyan (1990). Make no mistake, Theri’s story is a remix of Chatriyan for millennials and Raja Rani’s flashback love stories. Atlee has got the best from Vijay and serving it with garnishing making Theri sensually appealing. Atlee succeeds by savvy weaving of major atrocities like the Delhi Nirbhaya’s incident with TCS Chennai’s Uma Maheswari’s death. Mottai Rajendran has played well a good fellow role, having seen him as a hardcore villain in most films this was an interesting portrayal. His rendering of the “I am waiting” dialogue from the time of the trailer has become a social media hit, while we were expecting him to be saying this before an action sequence by Vijay, it turns out to be an enjoyable comedy in the film. The two heroines leave no impact on us, while you are able to remember Actress Meena’s cute little daughter Baby Nainika’s performance.
G V Prakash‘s 50th film has produced no memorable tunes, all songs being average.