“Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru”… This intense, well-researched cop thriller is a parts-greater-than-whole experience

Posted on November 17, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/theeran-adhigaaram-ondru-movie-review

The thing to note about DSP Theeran (Karthi), the protagonist of H Vinoth’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (Theeran – Chapter One), is that he’s a realistic cop — at least to the extent that a big-budget Tamil film, with a big hero, will allow for realism. He does not get a traditional hero-entry scene. He’s introduced quietly, as he’s undergoing police training with several others. Of course, he’s at the centre of the frame. Of course, he gets the highest marks. Of course, he knows better than anyone else the right way to handle a knife at a crime scene. He makes killer PowerPoint presentations, with killer fonts (no ordinary Times Roman for him). He even intuits the last words of a woman who was murdered, and he wasn’t even at the scene.

And yet, note the stretch where his team is trying to break a witness. His colleagues have failed. Theeran strides in and aims a kick at the witness who’s strapped to a chair. The kick topples him, and you think that’s it. But the man still won’t talk. Or take how the heroine angle (Rakul Preet Singh, as Priya) is handled. It’s miles from your average masala-cop movie. This isn’t Sethupathi or Saamy, and Karthi is just the right kind of star for this situation — star enough to register a terrific presence, and yet not superstar enough that his character has to be superhuman. You buy him as a hero, putting a shirt on in gratuitous slo-mo. You also buy him as a mere man.

Continued at the link above.

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