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|
G K Film Corporation
|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, Polladhavan Kishore, and Prakash Raj in another pivotal roles. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu languages, the film released in Telugu as Pistha with Ali replacing Santhanam as Vishal's friend as well as a different supporting cast.
Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of events that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, explosions, car chases, fistfights, and shootouts.
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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.
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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.
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|Actor (Tamil)||Actor (Telugu)||Role (Tamil / Telugu)|
|Vishal||C. Murugan / C. Muralikrishna 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|
|Manobala||Gautam Raju||Officer Ganesan / Trafice Police Officer (cameo appearance)|
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|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 .
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