Starring: Vishal, Shriya, Prakash Raj, Santhanam
Direction: Saba Ayyappan
Music: Mani Sharma
Production: GK Films
Thoranai is a very simple story in which long lost brothers reunite.Geetha has two sons,the elder one influenced in the wrong way does something inappropriate that really angers his mother and she in rage physically punishes him. In anger the elder son runs away from home.
Years later, his younger brother(Vishal) decided to come to the city in search of him,to take him back home. But the city is not friendly to him.He runs into trouble with the local dons of the place(Prakash Raj and Kishore).
In the midst of the dons and the brothers, the director has made space for a romance track and a comedy track too. The comic scenes, handled by Santhanam, Paravai Muniamma and Mayilsaamy should be able to impress sections of the audience.There had been a lot of talk about how Vishal was going to try his hand at comedy in Thoranai. But, barring the scene where he dresses up as Lord Rama and performs a gag to escape from a tight situation, there is nothing else. Even that scene does not have the desired impact. But, it is the romance that fails to leave any impression whatsoever. The chemistry between Vishal and Shriya is totally non-happening. The movie for a large part keeps oscillating between the main plot and the side tracks, frequently interspersed by songs which prevent the central theme from gaining momentum. That is the major drawback of the Thoranai. That apart, the key scene where Vishal identifies his brother could have been better. Also, the means of identification is fetched straight from the annals of cinema (birthmarks, family songs and other similar things).
Overall, Thoranai is a film that has been made with the right intentions; to entertain.Debut director Saba Ayyappan (also in charge of story and screenplay) has not made full use of a great opportunity. Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script and better execution could have yielded far better results.