Thoranai

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Thoranai
Thoranai-Poster-02.jpg
Official Theatrical poster of the Tamil Version
Directed bySabha Ayyappan
Produced by Vikram Krishna
Written bySabha Ayyappan
Starring Vishal
Shriya
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Priyan
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Production
company
G K Film Corporation
Distributed by G K Film Corporation
Release date
  • 29 May 2009 (2009-05-29)
Running time
148 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Telugu

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.

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Plot

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.

Kishore (actor) Indian actor

Kishore Kumar G, credited as Kishore, is an Indian film actor, born in Karnataka who has worked in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema.

Prakash Raj Indian film actor, director, producer, and television presenter

Prakash Raj is an Indian film actor, director, producer, thespian, television presenter, activist and politician who is known for his works in the South Indian film industry, and Hindi-language films. He acted in back-to-back stage shows for 300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit.

Geetha is an Indian actress who appears in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi films. She debuted in the Tamil film Bairavi. Since then she has acted in over 200 films in all major South Indian languages, and in a few Hindi films. She also appears in South Indian television serials. Geetha has won two Filmfare Awards South and a Karnataka State Film Awards and Kerala State Film Awards each.

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.

Santhanam (actor) Indian film actor, born 1980

N. Santhanam a.k.a Santa is an Indian film actor and producer whose main works are in Tamil cinema. Beginning his career as a comedian on television, he rose to fame through his performances in STAR Vijay's Lollu Sabha enacting the lead role in spoofs of Tamil films. He was subsequently given a chance by actor Silambarasan to feature in a supporting role in Manmadhan (2004) and then was signed on to appear in a host of films, notably winning good reviews for his work in Sachien (2005) and Polladhavan (2007). He appeared in a one-off leading role in Shankar's production Arai En 305-il Kadavul (2008) and subsequently became a staple feature as a comedian in successful Tamil films during the period, with his market popularity helping stuck films find distributors.

Ali (actor) Indian Actor, anchor, comedian

Ali is an Indian actor and TV presenter who works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He acted in more than 1000 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. He is a regular actor in Pawan Kalyan and Puri Jagannadh movies. The Academy of Global Peace conferred an honorary doctorate to Ali on 25 May, 2013 at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He won two Filmfare Awards and two Nandi Awards and is famous for his comic roles.

Cast

Actor (Tamil)Actor (Telugu)Role (Tamil / Telugu)
Vishal C. Murugan / C. Muralikrishna aka CM
Shriya Indu
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
Aarthi Indu's friend
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
Shanmugarajan Corrupt inspector
Muthukaalai Kallu Chidambaram Bike customer
Besant Ravi Guru's henchman
Manobala Gautam Raju Officer Ganesan / Trafice Police Officer (cameo appearance)
Meenakshi Item number

Tamil version

Telugu version

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Production

Casting

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. [1] Reema Sen and Neetu Chandra were not part of the final cast.

Trisha (actress) Indian actress

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Shriya Saran Film actress

Shriya Saran (pronounced [ʂrɪjaː sərən], also known as Shriya, is an Indian actress and model known for her work in South Indian cinema, Bollywood and American cinema. Saran was born in Dehradun and spent most of her childhood in Haridwar. In 2001, her dance master gave her the opportunity to appear in Renoo Nathan's debut music video "Thirakti Kyun Hawa", which brought Saran to the attention of many Indian filmmakers. Although Saran aspired to become a well-known dancer, she was offered a leading role. Thus, Saran made her film debut in 2001 with the Telugu film Ishtam, and had her first commercial success with Santhosham.

Neetu Chandra Indian actress

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Soundtrack

Thoranai / Pistha: The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album
Released19 April 2009 (2009-04-19)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label SonyMusicSouthVEVO
Tamil version [2]
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, Janani3:58 Kabilan
4"Peliccan Paravaigal" Ranjith, Rita, Rahul, Jai4:07 Vaali
5"Manjasela Mandakini" Tippu, Saindhavi 4:20 Pa. Vijay
Telugu version [3]

Critical reception

Tamil version

Behindwoods wrote:"Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script and better execution could have yielded far better results". [4] 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". [5] Rediff wrote:"Thoranai's only merit is that it's marginally better than Sathyam . [6]

<i>Satyam</i> (2008 film) 2008 film

Satyam is a 2008 Tamil-language action film written and directed by debutante A. Rajasekhar, an associate of Suresh Krissna. The film stars Vishal in the role of a cop for the first time. Nayantara plays the female lead role, while Kannada actor Upendra plays the support male lead role. The film was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Salute. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film released on 15 August 2008 coinciding with Independence Day. The film was produced by Vikram Krishna, Vishal's brother. The film associated by Shiva Rama Krishna upon insisted by Nayantara for songs and Upendra for emotional scenes.

Telugu version

The Times of India gave the film 1.5 stars out of 5 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." [7]

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