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Theatrical release poster of Tamil version
Directed bySabha Ayyappan
Written bySabha Ayyappan
Produced by Vikram Krishna
Starring Vishal
Shriya Saran
Prakash Raj
Cinematography Priyan
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Music by Mani Sharma
Release date
  • 29 May 2009 (2009-05-29)(India)
Running time
148 minutes

Thoranai (transl.Posture) or Pistha (transl. Person with attitude) is a 2009 Indian action drama film [1] written and directed by Sabha Ayyappan, who previously worked as an associate director for Malaikottai , and produced by Vikram Krishna under the banner G K Film Corporation. The film stars Vishal and Shriya Saran and Prakash Raj, Kishore, and Santhanam in another pivotal roles. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu languages with Ali replacing Santhanam as Vishal's friend as well as a different supporting cast. Both Tamil and Telugu opened to mixed reviews. It was remade in Bhojpuri with Khesari Lal Yadav as "Shola aur Shabnam".



Guru (Ganesan / Rambabu) and Tamizharasu / Suryaprakash are dreaded gangsters in Chennai/Vizag. They are against pitted each other and fight to establish their supremacy in city. They indulge in gang war painting Chennai / Vizag red. Enters Murugan / Murali Krishna. A native of Madurai / Ramachandrapuram, he comes to Chennai / Vizag with a mission. He leaves his village promising his mother that he would return only with his brother, who had run away from the house about two decades ago.

Murugan / Murali Krishna gets the help of his friend Vellaichamy / Chittibabu. He comes across the gangsters and a sequence of events results in him incurring both their wrath. In a bloody duel with Guru, he learns that he is his brother, whom he has been searching for long. Now he is entrusted with the task of protecting him from Tamizharasu / Suryaprakash. How he accomplishes his task forms the crux.


Actor (Tamil)Actor (Telugu)Role (Tamil)Role (Telugu)
Vishal C. Murugan (CM)C. Muralikrishna "Krishna" (CM)
Shriya Saran Indu
Prakash Raj TamizharasanSuryaprakash
Santhanam Ali VellaichamyChittibabu
Kishore Ganesan (Guru)Rambabu (Guru)
Sriman GanesanRambabu
Aarthi Indu's friend
Geetha Murugan's motherMuralikrishna's mother
Sayaji Shinde Minister Sivanaandi
M. S. Bhaskar Tanikella Bharani Tamizharasan's assistantSuryaprakash's assistant
Paravai Muniyamma Telangana Shakuntala Pachamma Patti
Livingston Surya Murugan's fatherKrishna's father
Pandiarajan Krishna Bhagavaan Walter Vetrivel / Walter Rangaraju
Lal Chennai Police CommissionerVizag Police Commissioner
Suruli Manohar Srinivasa Reddy Constable
Mayilsamy M. S. Narayana Watchman
T. P. Gajendran Kondavalasa Apartment Secretary
Suman Shetty Murugan's friendKrishna's friend
Nellai Siva Resident
Shanmugarajan Corrupt inspector
Muthukaalai Kallu Chidambaram Bike customer
Besant Ravi Guru's henchman
Sampath Ram Guru's henchman
Aryan Tamizharasan/Suryaprakash's henchman
Periya Karuppu Thevar Rallapalli Panchayat Man
Swaminathan Cashier
Senthi Kumari Indu's friend
Manobala Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam Birth and Death administration officer
Boys RajanPolice officer
Dhadi Balaji Chitram Seenu Bystander who pretends to be blind
Kullamani Cyclist who laughs at Indu
Meenakshi Item number

Telugu version



Trisha was cast as the lead actress, but opted out of the film and was subsequently replaced with Shriya. Reema Sen was cast to play the role of a second actresses and Neetu Chandra was considered to play the third heroine. [2] Reema Sen and Neetu Chandra were not part of the final cast.


Thoranai / Pistha: The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album
Released19 April 2009 (2009-04-19)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Sony Music
Think Music
Tamil version [3]
No.SongSingersLength (m:ss)Lyrics
1"Vedi Vedi Saravedi"Naveen, Ranjith 4:26 Viveka
2"Vaa Chellam" Udit Narayan 5:07 Pa. Vijay
3"Pattucha" Vijay Yesudas, Janani Bharadwaj 3:58 Kabilan
4"Peliccan Paravaigal" Ranjith, Rita, Rahul, Jai4:07 Vaali
5"Manjasela Mandakini" Tippu, Saindhavi 4:20 Pa. Vijay
6"Vaa Chellam" (Version 2)Ranjith5:07
Telugu version [4]


Critical response

Tamil version

Behindwoods wrote:"Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script and better execution could have yielded far better results". [5] Sify wrote:"The problems with Thoranai are sundry. First and foremost, it's got a dead script. Nothing, simply nothing happens in the first half of the film". [6] Rediff wrote:"Thoranai's only merit is that it's marginally better than Sathyam . [7] The Times of India gave the film two stars and wrote that "It is a formidable star cast that you see in "Thoranai". However, what is missing is a convincing story". [8]

Telugu version

The Times of India gave the film one and a half stars out of five stating that "Inspite of a dud like Salute , Tamil star Vishal hasn't realised the significance of a solid plot even for a star-centric film." [9]

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