|Directed by||Sabha Ayyappan|
|Written by||Sabha Ayyappan|
|Produced by||Vikram Krishna|
|Starring|| Vishal |
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
Thoranai (transl.Posture) or Pistha (transl. Person with attitude) is a 2009 Indian action drama filmwritten 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)|
|Kishore||Ganesan (Guru)||Rambabu (Guru)|
|Geetha||Murugan's mother||Muralikrishna's mother|
|Sayaji Shinde||Minister Sivanaandi|
|M. S. Bhaskar||Tanikella Bharani||Tamizharasan's assistant||Suryaprakash's assistant|
|Paravai Muniyamma||Telangana Shakuntala||Pachamma Patti|
|Livingston||Surya||Murugan's father||Krishna's father|
|Pandiarajan||Krishna Bhagavaan||Walter Vetrivel / Walter Rangaraju|
|Lal||Chennai Police Commissioner||Vizag Police Commissioner|
|Suruli Manohar||Srinivasa Reddy||Constable|
|Mayilsamy||M. S. Narayana||Watchman|
|T. P. Gajendran||Kondavalasa||Apartment Secretary|
|Suman Shetty||Murugan's friend||Krishna's friend|
|Muthukaalai||Kallu Chidambaram||Bike customer|
|Besant Ravi||Guru's henchman|
|Sampath Ram||Guru's henchman|
|Periya Karuppu Thevar||Rallapalli||Panchayat Man|
|Senthi Kumari||Indu's friend|
|Manobala||Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam||Birth and Death administration officer|
|Boys Rajan||Police officer|
|Dhadi Balaji||Chitram Seenu||Bystander who pretends to be blind|
|Kullamani||Cyclist who laughs at Indu|
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|
|Label|| Sony Music |
|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, Jai||4:07||Vaali|
|5||"Manjasela Mandakini"||Tippu, Saindhavi||4:20||Pa. Vijay|
|6||"Vaa Chellam" (Version 2)||Ranjith||5:07|
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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