Thanga Magan Movie Review

Good characterisations, but too average drama

Reviews 18-Dec-2015 3:01 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Velraj
Production : Gopuram Films & Wunderbar Films
Starring : Dhanush, Samantha, Amy Jackson
Music : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : A. Kumaran
Editing : M. V. Rajesh Kumar

Delivering a power-packed entertainer ‘Velai Illa Pattadhaari’, Dhanush-Velraj-Anirudh trio is back on the board to offer their second outing together in ‘Thanga Magan’, which has additional attractions like Samantha and Amy Jackson. Check out our detailed analysis on this movie…


Tamizh (Dhanush) has been going through an unbearable devastating pain, when his father (KS Ravikumar), a sincere officer at Income Tax Department commits suicide. In addition to this, Tamizh loses his job due to the false claims made on his late father. With a journey filled with broken past and new married life, Tamizh sets out to discover the truth behind the suicide of his father.


Usually, there is a norm out there in the screenplay of Hollywood movies of classifying into Act 1, 2 and 3. Although, not a strict follower of this rule, the film coincidentally gets into 45-45-30 minutes of episodes with first segment focusing on the teenagers followed by next 45 loaded with family sentiments and last 30 minutes for Dhanush fans…. Of course, it looks good when we classify in such context, but the basic problem is the writing, where there are confusions of balancing between the emotional drama and mass episodes. It sends us really into the tough situation of deciding whether it’s a film about a boyhood-to-manhood, father-son or love story before and after marriage. The characterisations, especially the one involving baddie avatar doesn’t look appropriate for the script. If it’s an emotional family drama, there isn’t any need for baddies and characterisations should have been very well detailed. It is obvious that director Velraj was in hurry to write the script and it almost looks like a PLAY. There are few cute scenes in the movie that obviously brings up smile and some sequences involving emotional episodes are perfect. The mass sequences are intentionally inserted and it becomes a spoiler to the script. Musical score by Anirudh is slightly disappointing as the songs are passable and he doesn’t offer a perfect background score.


Dhanush tries to live up to the expectations of his characterisation. What happens to be a disorder is that Dhanush’s characterisation is a mix of love, mass and emotions. This isn’t a commercial entertainer and such unapt portions fails to impress us. Samantha spells her best and someone else could have dubbed her portions. Amy Jackson gets a scope to appear throughout the film, but her look could have been better indeed. KS Ravikumar does his portions extraordinary though in miniscule and Radhika Sarathkumar plays a perfect role. Satish comes up with usual performance style and his hilarious portions are somewhat okay. Jayaprakash and MS Bhaskar are mediocre.


1. Scenes involving Dhanush-Samantha and Dhanush-Amy Jackson
2. Cinematography
3. Short and crisp in length


1. Screenplay
2. Anirudh
3. Climax looks unconvincing

As mentioned in analysis, the writing seems so confused as the genres are scattered in portions. The story fails to travel in a single track and that becomes little perplexing and hampers our interest towards it.

Verdict : Good characterisations, but too average drama

Rating : 4.5/10

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