Pathu Thala Movie Review: Simbu’s middling gangster drama takes a formulaic route – India Today

Director Obeli N Krishna’s Pathu Thala starring Simbu, Gautham Menon and Gautham Karthik is a mediocre remake of the Kannada movie, Mufti. The gangster drama reminds you of Nayagan, says our assessment.

Chennai,UPDATED: Mar 30, 2023 12:54 IST

Simbu's Pathu Thala hit theatres on March 30.

Simbu’s Pathu Thala hit theatres on March 30.

By Janani Ok: After scoring successful with Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu, Simbu is again with director Obeli N Krishna’s Pathu Thala. The hype surrounding Pathu Thala was fairly palpable. On the trailer and audio launch of Ponniyin Selvan 2 the place Simbu was invited because the chief visitor, the star obtained a rousing welcome with 1000’s of followers screaming ‘Pathu Thala.’ How usually do you see followers come to an audio launch and cheer for one more film? Simbu is a kind of followers who take pleasure in such a fan following. Let’s see if the hype has translated into an intriguing movie.


Pathu Thala begins on a somber observe. We’re launched to Chief Minister Arunmozhi (Santhosh Prathap) who has introduced a vaccine welfare scheme. Deputy CM Naanjilaar Gunasekaran (Gautham Menon) has a chilly conflict happening. He arrives late to the occasion however nonetheless helps Arunmozhi. Does this remind you of Tamil Nadu politics? It ought to! Quickly, CM Arunmozhi goes lacking and we get to see Guna (Gautham Karthik), who’s a gangster and an undercover cop.

In the meantime, AGR AKA AG Raavanan is a dreaded gangster, who has the federal government in his palms. Guna is entrusted with the mission of getting near AGR, so he can study in regards to the CM’s whereabouts and collect proof. Will Guna reach his mission? Will he blow his cowl?

For the uninitiated, Pathu Thala is an adaptation of Kannada director Narthan’s Mufti. Director Obeli N Krishna (who has additionally written the screenplay), took a formulaic route with Pathu Thala. Each gangster drama has a guidelines of issues that we’ve got been uncovered to through the years. The dreaded gangster, who’s a hero, has a previous which highlights his good facet. It additionally has a backstory explaining why the hero turns into a gangster. Pathu Thala ticks each field and but, it doesn’t excite you.

The gangster drama has some handpicked scenes that give goosebumps. Take, for instance, Simbu’s introduction. The makers tease the viewers with visuals of Simbu’s AGR, with out really exhibiting his face. In direction of the interval, he makes his grand entry to a pulsating rating of AR Rahman and we are able to’t assist however cheer for him. Equally, the chariot sequence that includes Simbu and Gautham Karthik and the climax will deliver the roof down.

This is the trailer of Pathu Thala:

Nevertheless, it’s Obeli N Krishna’s screenplay that’s an enormous letdown. The movie doesn’t have a powerful impression throughout vital sequences. For the reason that story is predictable, the viewers will not be shocked. Equally, Gautham Menon, who’s the principle antagonist, seems caricaturish and doesn’t have a fully-developed character arc.

Simbu, as a dreaded gangster, delivered a top-notch efficiency as AGR. Within the climax, he goes all weapons blazing. It’s virtually like he’s dancing to the tune of AR Rahman. Briefly, it’s the satan’s dance. (PS: Satan is AGR’s code title among the many police). Gautham Karthik has gotten among the finest roles of his profession. As a brooding secret agent, he has completed nicely. Priya Bhavani Shankar has a miniscule position. Simbu’s on-screen relationship with sister Anu Sithara provides some respite.


AR Rahman’s background rating elevates the predictable story to a brand new degree. Nee Singam Dhan and Osarattum Pathu Thala are the highest picks from the album. Cinematography by Farook J Basha and modifying by Praveen KL complement the story.

Pathu Thala might have been an intriguing gangster drama if solely it had completed away with predictable components.

2.5 out of 5 stars for Pathu Thala.

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