Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Movie Review

Entertainer or Realistic Drama – Question prevails till end

Reviews 12-Jan-2018 4:10 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Vignesh Shivan
Production : Studio Green
Starring : Suriya, Keerthy Suresh
Music : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Editing : A. Sreekar Prasad

Suriya-Keerthy Suresh starrer Thaana Serndha Koottam directed by Vignesh Shivn happens to be an inspiration of Hindi film Special 26. K.E. Gnanavel Raja has directed this film, which has musical score by Anirudh.


Suriya happens to be a honest youngster in 1987, who along with his friend Kalaiarasan wants to achieve something greater in their Government services. Although talented and completely fit for their jobs, they don’t get it due to the corrupt system. When Suriya loses the most important things in his life due to this crisis, he sets out to take the system into his hands with a brainy play by setting up a team of his own. Sorry! Getting united with a team that has same issues.


Filmmaker Vignesh Shivn should have really strained himself into the crafting of this story and the complete making of this film. It’s always a tougher task to remake a film, but when it comes to drafting completely a different version from what the original film in Hindi had imparted, it would be real strain to the brain and cognizance. But Vignesh does it all splendidly at his best. Although the performances of actors are commendable, their characterizations remain vague. By the very opening scene, we see that Suriya bashes down police officers and how could be easily get in for the interview for CBI? Such questions keep ringing our minds. The first hour is so lively and engrossing that it doesn’t astray your attention. Then there is second half, which slightly turns to be sluggish in parts, but by the last 25 minutes gains the perfect momentum. Songs by Anirudh are completely enjoyable, but his background score is quite mediocre. The art department steals our attention with an impeccable recreation of 1987 Chennai. But most of the locations are used outside Chennai to avoid the modernized backdrops. Moreover, we are often reminded it’s 1987 movie through the dialogues and products like Gold Spot. Apart from the commercial drama, what keeps us so much adhered to the film is the emotional connect is the crisis that is never-ending in the society.


Suriya! A big surprise for all his fans and even the universal groups, who felt that his route of characters is so much boxed with high level energies. This one is completely in contrast with coolness and sangfroid moments. He entertains us to the best as in times of Pitha Magan and Ghajini. But then, there are certain slight disappointments in his characterizations. His movies normally don’t have double entendres, but for the first time, we get to see it. Though he doesn’t utter them, he could have avoided that ‘I SPEAK BAD LANGUAGE WHEN I’M ANGRY’.

Keerthy Suresh gets a minimal scope to perform, but Vignesh does a reasonable justification to her characterization. The film has an ensemble star-cast of Karthik, Suresh Menon, Kalaiarasan, Ramya Krishnan, Thambi Ramaiah, Senthil, Siva Shankar, Nanda and many more prominent actors. All of them have been delineated with perfect and strong roles. But who stands out among all is Ramya Krishnan and she is brilliant in all her portions. Although RJ Balaji appears in 2-3 scenes, he makes the best on his part.

What works?

1. Suriya
2. Anirudh’s songs
3. Set work

What doesn’t work?

1. Logical issues
2. Slight amateur is working ‘Period’ backdrops.
3. Characterizations

Thaana Serndha Koottam has a good plot, but it’s quite confusing for the audiences to label it whether as a commercial entertainer or an emotional realistic drama. Vignesh Shivn should have definitely focused on either one of them to make it clear for himself and audiences.

Verdict : Entertainer or Realistic Drama – Question prevails till end

Rating : 5/10

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