‘Thayige Thakka Maga’ review: A loud potboiler that is average entertainment

Going by the past hit love stories from director Shashank and actor Krishna Ajai Rao, this action film somehow feels overdone and out of place.
‘Thayige Thakka Maga’ review: A loud potboiler that is average entertainment
‘Thayige Thakka Maga’ review: A loud potboiler that is average entertainment
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Director Shashank and Krishna Ajai Rao, the hit combo that gave us two blockbusters — Krishnan Love Story and Krishna Leela – is back and this time with a full-fledged action thriller. Unlike their previous films, which were emotional love stories based on real life, Thayige… is very different and is served with the necessary ‘mass’ masala ingredients. It is clear that the movie is aimed at a different set of audience. Let’s see if the director-actor duo has hit the bull’s eye the third time as well.

Parvathi (Sumalatha Ambareesh) is a lawyer who lives with her only son Mohan Das (Ajai Rao). Mohan is the apple of her eye and from a young age he is taught to ‘fight’ for what is right. And that’s what he quite literally does throughout the film. Mohan grows up to be an angry young man, who cannot stand even a small injustice in society. While his mother fights for people inside the court room, our hero fights goons on the streets.

During one such fight for justice, the mother and son take on a corrupt politician Kheni (Krishna Hebbale) and his son (Saurav Lokesh) and their life isn’t the same anymore. In the melee, he falls in love with the heroine (Ashika Ranganath).

While the first half appears like any other mass masala film, the story takes a new twist in the second half. However, heroism here is just limited to action and fights. At some point you start feeling that the actor has fought a little too much in the two-hour-long film. The market scene chase sequence looks inspired by a fight scene from the Tamil blockbuster Singham.

Shashank and Ajai individually have given entertaining and emotional hit love stories in the past. Going by the record of the duo, the action somehow feels overdone in this film and out of place for the director and the actor. For starters, the movie is too loud and could have been toned down by at least half.

Ajai looks a little too old for the part but he carries the movies on his shoulders. The makers have tried to add a punch in almost every dialogue, which is too much to take. Sumalatha owns the part – as mother and as lawyer – and should take up more such roles. Ashika looks cute and is there in most of the scenes. Her dancing and lively expressions are a big plus. But her fans will be disappointed as she has nothing much to do in the story other than being beside the hero. Krishna Hebbale and Saurav Lokesh in the negative roles are brilliant. Achyut Rao plays Ashika’s father and has a very small role. Sadhu Kokila’s jokes aren’t entertaining anymore.

Shashank’s forte is love stories and we are left wondering if this was an experiment with other genres. If so, then he still has a long way to go to learn about the nuances of action films. Judah Sandy’s music is just about average. The album has seven songs – a mix of upbeat and romantic songs, but nothing sounds appealing.

The team made it a point to promote the film in the biggest way possible. Sudeep’s voiceover for the trailer, video song in 2K, excessive social media advertising, to name a few. The film, however, does not do justice to the promotions. Recommended only if you enjoy loud action films.

Disclaimer: This review was not paid for or commissioned by anyone associated with the film. Neither TNM nor any of its reviewers have any sort of business relationship with the film’s producers or any other members of its cast and crew.

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