Finally, we’ve gotten around to watching Thalapathi.
Featuring Rajnikanth, Mammooty and Shobana, Thalapathi came out in 1991.
We were surprised to see the story, screenplay, dialog and direction for Thalapathi credited to Mani Ratnam. Just wasn’t aware that Thalapathi was a Mani Ratnam film.
Here’s what we’ve seen so far – two stupid fights, the first with a thug Ramana and the second with Devarajan’s henchmen.
Yes, we’re also past the famous Rajni-Sonu Walia song Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu.
God, Sonu Walia is so cute. Wonder what she’s up to these days. Last we heard, she lives somewhere around here (i.e. in the U.S.). The cutie-pie must be in her late 30s now (actually 45, as pointed out by SI reader chaitu1987). 😉
Oh, we almost forgot. Music is by Ilayaraja.
By the way, Rajnikanth’s attempts at dancing are hilarious. Where did this clown pick up such weird steps?
We’ll update this post after completing the movie.
Inspired from the great Indian epic Mahabharat, Thalapathi is a mediocre movie with a bunch of stupid fights, poorly choreographed dances and a less-than-compelling story.
In its essence, the Thalapathi story centers around an abandoned child who grows up into a good-hearted poor young man Surya and joins a local thug Devarajan (Mammooty).
What rescues Thalapathi from the usual trash-heap of Tamil movies are the performances of Shobana and Mammooty and the songs particularly Rakamma Kaiya Thatta.
Shobana plays Rajnikanth’s love interest in the film.
Most depressing about Thalapathi is Tamil superstar Rajnikanth’s ho-hum performance.
This fella Rajnikanth can’t deliver a dialog without looking silly, can’t dance to save his life, can’t fight et al.
Despite all of Rajnikanth’s shortcomings in Thalapathi and the movie’s shortcomings, the film did well in its time.
Well, such are the injustices of life. 🙁