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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 masala film directed by Sabha Ayyappan and produced by Vikram Krishna under the banner G K Film Corporation. It stars Vishal and Shriya Saran in the lead roles, while Prakash Raj, Kishore and Santhanam in another pivotal roles. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu languages with different supporting cast in the Telugu version.


Thoranai/Pistha was released on 29 May 2009 and received mixed reviews from critics.


Murugan is a native of Madurai who arrives at Chennai to find his long-lost brother Ganesan, who had run away from home about two decades ago. Murugan gets stuck in a rivalry between gangsters Guru and Tamizharasu, where he learns that Guru is actually Ganesan. Murugan decides to protect Guru/Ganesan from Tamizharasu and a cat-and-mouse game ensues. Guru/Ganesan finally decide to reform himself where he reunites with Murugan and his mother, while Tamizharasu is killed in a police encounter.


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 VetrivelWalter 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
Shoba Chandrasekhar Annapoornamma Krishna's grandmother
Erode Mahesh Gautam Raju Traffic police officer
Singamuthu Duvvasi Mohan Veerasamy
Meenakshi Item number


The film was initially to be produced by Singanamala Ramesh with Reema Sen as another heroine but, later got shelved and Shriya was confirmed as the single pair for Vishal. [1]


Tamil version [2]
"Vedi Vedi Saravedi"Naveen, Ranjith 4:26 Viveka
"Vaa Chellam" Udit Narayan 5:07 Pa. Vijay
"Pattucha" Vijay Yesudas, Janani Madhan3:58 Kabilan
"Peliccan Paravaigal" Ranjith, Rita, Rahul, Jai4:07 Vaali
"Manjasela Mandakini" Tippu, Saindhavi 4:20 Pa. Vijay
"Vaa Chellam" (Version 2)Ranjith5:07
Telugu version [3]


Critical response

Tamil version

Behindwoods wrote "Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script and better execution could have yielded far better results". [4] Sify wrote "Arbitrarily packing in elements of every genre without actually bothering to stop and see if the mix does work, Thoranai is like an overcooked stew." [5] Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff wrote "Thoranai's only merit is that it's marginally better than Sathyam . [6] The Times of India gave 2/5 stars and wrote "It is a formidable star cast that you see in Thoranai. However, what is missing is a convincing story". [7]

Telugu version

BVS Prakash of The Times of India gave 1.5/5 stars and wrote "Inspite of a dud like Salute , Tamil star Vishal hasn't realised the significance of a solid plot even for a star-centric film." [8]

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