Official Theatrical poster of the Tamil Version
|Directed by||Sabha Ayyappan|
|Produced by||Vikram Krishna|
|Written by||Sabha Ayyappan|
|Starring|| Vishal |
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Distributed by||G K Film Corporation|
Thoranai (English: Posture) is a 2009 Indian action film 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 in the lead roles and Santhanam, Kishore, and Prakash Raj in another pivotal roles. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu languages, the film released in Telugu as Pistha (English: Person with attitude) with Ali replacing Santhanam as Vishal's friend as well as a different supporting cast. Scenes that retained the same cast were not reshot.
Guru (Ganesan / Rambabu) (Kishore) and Tamizharasu / Suryaprakash (Prakash Raj) 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 (Vishal). A native of Madurai / Ramachandrapuram, he comes to Chennai / Vizag with a mission. He leaves his village promising his mother (Geetha) 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 (Santhanam / Ali). He comes across the gangsters and a sequence of events results in him incurring both their wrath. In a bloody duel with Guru, he comes to know 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 / Telugu)|
|Vishal||C. Murugan / C. Muralikrishna "Krishna" aka CM|
|Prakash Raj||Tamizharasan / Suryaprakash, Main villain|
|Santhanam||Ali||Vellaichamy / Chittibabu, Murugan / Muralikrishna's friend|
|Kishore||Ganesan / Rambabu aka Guru, Murugan / Muralikrishna's brother|
|Sriman||Ganesan / Rambabu|
|Geetha||Murugan / Muralikrishna's mother|
|Sayaji Shinde||Minister Sivanaandi, Tamizharasan / Suryaprakash's friend|
|M. S. Bhaskar||Tanikella Bharani||Tamizharasan / Suryaprakash's assistant|
|Paravai Muniyamma||Telangana Shakuntala||Pachamma Patti|
|Livingston||Surya||Murugan / Muralikrishna's father|
|Pandiarajan||Krishna Bhagavaan||Walter Vetrivel|
|Lal||Chennai / Vizag Police Commissioner|
|Suruli Manohar||Srinivasa Reddy||Constable|
|Mayilsamy||M. S. Narayana||Watchman|
|T. P. Gajendran||Kondavalasa||Apartment Secretary|
|Suman Shetty||Murugan / Muralikrishna's friend|
|Muthukaalai||Kallu Chidambaram||Bike customer|
|Besant Ravi||Guru's henchman|
|Periya Karuppu Thevar||Rallapalli||Panchayat Man|
|Senthi Kumari||Indu's friend|
|Manobala||Gautam Raju||Officer Ganesan / Traffic Police Officer (cameo appearance)|
|Dhadi Balaji||Chitram Seenu||bystander who pretends to be blind|
|Kullamani||Cyclist who laughs at Shriya and Aarthi|
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.Reema Sen and Neetu Chandra were not part of the final cast.
|Thoranai / Pistha: The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Released||19 April 2009|
|1||"Vedi Vedi Saravedi"||Naveen, Ranjith||4:26||Viveka|
|2||"Vaa Chellam"||Udit Narayan||5:07||Pa. Vijay|
|3||"Pattucha"||Vijay Yesudas, Janani||3:58||Kabilan|
|4||"Peliccan Paravaigal"||Ranjith, Rita, Rahul, Jai||4:07||Vaali|
|5||"Manjasela Mandakini"||Tippu, Saindhavi||4:20||Pa. Vijay|
Behindwoods wrote:"Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script and better execution could have yielded far better results".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". Rediff wrote:"Thoranai's only merit is that it's marginally better than Sathyam . 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".
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