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Thiruttu Payale: A thriller

S Sudha | April 17, 2006 19:37 IST

Susi Ganesan, former assistant to Manirathinam in his third film Thiruttu Payale, shows he has learnt a lot from his mentor. The film stands out for its excellent screenplay, apt casting and brilliant performances by Jeevan and Malavika. Technically too, it is above average.

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Manickam (Jeevan), who comes to Chennai, chances upon a couple indulging in love making on the lawns of a golf course. He has this act shot on a video camera. He then finds out that it is an extra-martial affair and that the lovers Rupini (Malavika) and Santosh (Abbas) are rich. Rupini has a lot to lose as her hubby (Manoj K Jayan) is a rich businessman who thinks his wife is his lucky charm. She succumbs to Manickam's blackmail and foots his holiday in Australia along with his friends.

Here, Manickam meets Rosy (Sonia Agarwal), a Tamil girl he falls for. All of a sudden, the rug is pulled under his feet. His girlfriend vanishes and he is left without proper travel documents. On the run, he manages to pull a trick and get Rupini back under his control. Coming back to Chennai, he discovers that Rosy was planted by Rupini. He strikes a deal with Rupini, who reveals Rosy's identity. Rosy agrees to elope with Manickam if he gives up his bad ways. Meanwhile, Rupini hubby's gets suspicious and has a private detective on his wife's trail. Will Manickam pull it off? Watch the movie for its thrilling climax.

Jeevan, who made his mark as the gangster in Khaka Khaaka, is aptly cast in the anti-hero role. His is a brilliant performance. Malavika is the surprise packet. She blows you with her performance. Sonia is the only disappointment. Although she shows lots of skin, her performance is weak. Bharadwaj's music is racy. The cinematography by Ravishankar is above average but, at many points, he seems to resort to gimmicks that disturb the narration.

Susi Ganesan must be credited for tackling a bold subject. A film for the multiplexes, this.

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