Thoranai Review – Vile Trash

Should a gaggle of rustic ambattans (barbers) suddenly decide to forsake their razors for the camera, the end result would be infinitely better than this grotesque abomination called Thoranai.

Save the unsavory feat of shaving a few unwary souls of their money and time, Thoranai’s sole claim to fame is that the crappy movie marks a new low from the augean stables of GK Film Corporation.

Devoid of any entertainment, bereft of anything resembling music and wholly lacking in quality, Thoranai is the the latest Kollywood synonym for garbage.

There were all of a dozen people for the 3:15PM show of Thoranai at Movie City in Edison, New Jersey on a Saturday.

Perhaps, the news had already spread fast even to this corner of the world that this is one trashy movie to steer clear of.

No Redeeming Elements
Ask not what’s wrong with Thoranai. Ask if there’s anything right at all with this dungheap of a movie.

An asinine story that tests the patience of viewers, bizarre stunt scenes that mock the laws of physics, dancing that ridicules the notion of grace and sophomoric comedy that plumb the depths of trash, Thoranai is a mind-numbing horror show. No more and certainly no less.

In its essence, Thoranai is the silly story of a young man Muruga (Vishal), who, with the goal of wiping the tears off his long-grieving mother’s eyes, comes to Chennai in search of his long-lost elder brother Ganesan. You see, many summers earlier the young Ganesan had run away from home after a vicious branding on his chest with a hot iron by his mother.

No sooner does our Muruga alight at the bus station, than he witnesses a murder committed by Guru, a notorious thug whose deadly adversary in town is Tamilarasan (Prakash Raj). Together, the duo along with their clownish underlings are engaged in an assortment of crimes (the principal one in our view is to act like buffoons).

Tamilarasan’s henchmen are forever racing hither and thither in a convoy of black SUVs while Guru’s underlings are going after Tamilarasan’s gang in white SUVs!

Add to this horror cocktail, Santhanam’s moronic comedy involving a patti (grandma), a scooty, a fatty, an apartment association, a crooked cop and a bibulous watchman and you have all the ingredients of a torturous ordeal for the unsuspecting, hapless viewer.

Thoranai’s villains are many but the principal ones are a bozo producer called Vikram Krishna, a dodo director called Saba Iyappan (also responsible for story, screenplay and dialogs) and a loco actor called Vishal Reddy.

If there were any justice in the world, this troika from the menagerie of Mephistopheles would be banished from Kollywood for their sick crime of inflicting the unending nightmare of Thoranai on the public.

Vishal Reddy
Ayyo, pera ketalle chumma vanthi varathu (the name makes you want to throw up).

Vishal Reddy has as much acting talent as a gibbering monkey. The young lad’s last movie Sathyam was a horror show with the fella screaming like a hyena. In this movie, the lad goes around looking and acting like a retard for much of the time.

Tis’ a shame that Vishal has learnt nothing from the cold shoulder the audience gave to Sathyam.

Vishal can’t act. Vishal can’t dance.

Vishal can’t deliver a dialog effectively. Vishal can’t fight plausibly.

And Vishal has no screen presence.

Worse, he is not in the least bit convincing and looks more like a clown when he mouths all those ‘threatening’ dialogs to the villain Tamilarasan (Prakash Raj) or when he launches into a moralistic discourse to get Guru and his henchmen to abandon their wayward ways and turn a new leaf.

Shriya Saran
This young lass has no role to speak of in the movie except to wear some skimpy attire and play the Laurel to Vishal’s Hardy.

Perhaps, that’s a blessing given this bimbette’s limited acting skills.

The only scene in which Shriya Saran looks alluringly beautiful is when she appears in Murugan’s flat, wearing a lovely sari and holding a candle after the lights go out.

If Thoranai proves anything at all, it’s that Mani Sharma would be under-qualified to organize the drums for a funeral procession.

The man obviously has earned a doctorate in crap music. Whether it’s the first Vedi Vedi Saravedi, Vaa Chellam or the other songs, they all belong to the genre best described as cacophonous drivel.

If you think the picturization of the songs compensate for the poor music, you’re in for another disappointment.

Revoltingly Bad
Hesitate not to show Thoranai the middle finger for its makers display scant regard for the paying audience by unleashing such a pathetic piece of shit.

This is not a movie worth wasting time or money over.

If releasing Thoranai in theatres was a reckless act of sadism on the part of its devilish makers, watching this garbage in theatres is a wanton act of masochism on the part of viewers.

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.

24 Responses to "Thoranai Review – Vile Trash"

  1. sugu   May 31, 2009 at 2:00 am

    black SUVs & white SUVs !

    how did you manage to sit for the entire movie. Needs heavy tolerance.

    anyway, take lotto rest now. Responds:

    You write: how did you manage to sit for the entire movie.

    Ah, the sacrifices we make for our readers.

  2. sugu   May 31, 2009 at 3:16 am

    sacrifices ?

    thats lot.

  3. shuaib68   May 31, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Hold On!
    Somebody is trying to make a movie about the life story of Prabhakaran….

    Soon it will out for you to make more noises (Valid ones..haa,haa)

    BTW, I have stopped watching any new movie from kolly. The last one I enjoyed watching was Sivaji. That’s it the rest came afterwards all “VILE TRASH”. Yeah,(SI) you’re right.

    Lord! forgive them and show them the right path in movie making!!!!! It’s genocide (of silverscreen) Responds:

    Prabhakaran cuts an interesting figure.

    Any idea who’ll play him in the movie?

  4. StrYngLad74   May 31, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    SI Said: “Any idea who’ll play him in the movie?”

    “Kara T.” Rajendar FTW!

    Throw in a little bit of this:

    a little of this:

    and then some of this:

    …and have him scream “THANGACHEEEEEEE” (Sister) every minute in the movie, I’ll definitely pay top-dollar to see that!

  5. sugu   May 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    kannadiga Prakash raj is playing the role, as for as i know. Responds:

    Prakash Raj was like a cartoon figure in Thoranai, plain unwatchable.

  6. sugu   May 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    prakash raj sux. Only ‘Mozhi’ was good from him. Responds:

    Mozhi was a decent movie.

  7. shuaib68   May 31, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    “STR YNG LAD:SI Said: “Any idea who’ll play him in the movie?” “Kara T.” Rajendar FTW!”

    Haaa,…haaaa.haa… That’s a good one… Nobody can think of anybody else than him.

    I think, Vijayakanth will do it.

  8. shuaib68   May 31, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Str Yng Lad: Thanks for the links. It was long time ago I saw this movie. We used to joke with our friends with T.Rajendran’s rhymes: Especially this..”Waada yen machchi, waalakka bajji, un odamba pichchi poatiduwen bajji…” Hilarious.

    When we see these comical things now, it looks very funny how these were dished out to us as cinema long ago.

    That movie must be “Thangaikkor GeedhaM” I suppose.

  9. Naga   May 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Vishal very often witnesses murder on the streets Responds:

    You mean box office murder of his movies?

  10. a4apple   June 1, 2009 at 1:13 am

    There isn’t any English release coming until June 12 (Pelham…) + Exhibitors and Producers discussions over profit sharing is on its final lap in Bollywood and no major releases expected until June 12 + Malayalam industry has already turned on its sleep mode for the Ramzan season and no major releases until August + the movies that get honored at Cannes / Berlin etc never gets an international release and we have to wait until its DVD release (SI, please check out Michael Haneke’s Piano Teacher – great movie) + Ter Sal + Ang Dem………..I could take up to here.

    Then came Thornai.

    I lost my senses. I am neither eating nor sleeping and I have started to hear voices. “I see dead people”. Responds:

    Added Piano Teacher to our Netflix queue.

  11. SRINIVAS   June 1, 2009 at 6:41 am

    you are back to watching Tamil Movies ? …this one is crap .. Responds:

    Yes, indeed.

  12. Ænima   June 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Most of your readers are smart enough to avoid Thoranai like a plague..

    Federer seems to be throwing away his only chance (with Nadal out).. Apparently, contrary to popular opinion, he is not much greater than Sampras. Responds:

    The match between the ‘old’ Jaroslav Drobny and ‘young’ Ken Rosewall in 1954 is considered to be one of the greatest in history. We read an account of the match some years back and it piqued our interest in tennis.

  13. Ænima   June 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

    spoke too soon.. Freddy Krueger won 14 of the 16 games since I posted that message.

  14. raghavendrav   June 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I am yet to recover from the ‘Sarvam’ Nightmare.. I will avoid watching Tamil movies for the next few months. Responds:

    You write: I will avoid watching Tamil movies for the next few months.

    What about our Anniyan’s Kanthasamy?

    Do you know know when it’s releasing?

  15. Naga   June 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Kandi release is not yet announced. They are re-shooting the movie replacing Shreya Reddy. Responds:

    Shriya Reddy is not in Kanthasamy.

    It’s Shriya Saran.

  16. sumeshy   June 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Kanthasamy release date is June 12, 2009 Responds:


    Clashing with The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (John Travolta, Denzel Washington) on June 12.

    We’re going to Pelham.

  17. Naga   June 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Shreya Saran ?
    named changed. Responds:

    Happy Hours came early today?

  18. raghavendrav   June 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t have clue about kandasamy… Vikram’s bheema was pathetic and forgettable.. Not risking to watch it unless I hear good review from reliable source say SI… Responds:

    Bheema was crap.

    On June 12, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (John Travolta, Denzel Washington) will be our first choice.

  19. Suppan   June 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Yes, Thoranai is a crap movie….

    I have reviewed the movie too. Here is the link

    This is an audio Review…

    I dont know when people like Vishal will realise that we need some good film to watch not their stupid acting and fighting.

    Suppan Responds:

    Caveat: The above idiot-commenter of a reviewer discloses one of the key facts of the movie at 1:20 min of the audio review. So, if you intend to watch the movie do not listen to this review.

  20. mihi_rex   June 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    If you are going to The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and write a review about it, please watch the original 1974 film to make a proper comparison. Responds:

    Will do.

    Added old Pelham 1 2 3 to Netflix a few seconds back (5:59 PM ET).

  21. ameritamil   June 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Are you going to review Sarvam? Responds:


    We decided not to waste time or money on it.

    If you go by what some SI readers have commented, Sarvam is garbage.

    The box office response (UK) to Sarvam was disappointing.

  22. ameritamil   June 10, 2009 at 12:31 am

    well, apparently, Trisha dies in the first half. Should be a relief to you… Responds:

    Trisha who?

  23. udnahc   June 14, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Your blogs are really good.

    Sometimes the worst ( no warrrrrst ) movies have the best (sarcastic) reviews. Ajith and Vijay are demi gods worth all the veneration, I am sure you will also join the list of devotees after you watch this Responds:

    What’s the above video got to do with Ajith or Vijay.

    Your video is of Sam Anderson, who, of course, is in a class by itself.

  24. trishna147   June 17, 2009 at 9:57 am

    the ultimate worst movie in the universe. or maybe its villu. or kuruvi. or ATM.

    i would have thought that after Vishal’s appalling Satyam, that he would have some decency to do a good film, like Tamil MA or Mozhi or Paruthiveeran. but no, he chose to do a typical shit movie. in satyam he had fat Nayanthara wearing nearly nothing, and it still didn’t make anyone want to watch the movie. here again, he has [deleted] Shriya saran (whose acting skills are worse than Vishals – which means BAD) and its still not pulling crowds in. does he think that by having [deleted] actresses (dont know whether i should even call them actresses, since they can’t act to save their lives) that a film would be successful? no.

    mn, vishal is like near the same level as Vijay. which is pretty bad.

    and SI, why do you review trash movies like this?

    here’s a word of advice, dont review any of vijay and vishals forthcoming movies (esp vijay) because we all know what kind of movies would come. i mean i saw ATM. and i thought it cudnt get worse. but then i saw Kuruvi. i got the shock of my life. and then villu came out. and that’s when i realised that i aint gna watch any vijay’s movies until he does something different. even if its in the range of Vaaranam Aayiram. at least it was different. Responds:

    Vishal is a piece of trash as far as acting goes. Rombha waste, as they say in Tamil Nadu.

    As for Vijay, as we said the other day if he continues to put out movies like Villu, Kuruvi and Azhagiya Tamil Magan, it means more flops and Vijay will soon have to become a shouter at a bus-stand – Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Mayavaram, Tiruchi, Ulundurpet, Villupuram, yeru, yeru vandi kalambathu…Right, Right.

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