Thalaiezhuthu

Playing the baddie in a few films, Richard Raj (a New Zealand-based restaurateur) graduates to playing the lead role.

Published: 16th July 2009 12:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2012 10:40 PM   |  A+A-

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DIRECTOR: Ethiraj

CAST: Richardraj, Pooja Gandhi, Pakru, Siva, Balasing, Kannan, Ethiraj

Playing the baddie in a few films, Richard Raj (a New Zealand based restaurant owner) graduates to playing the lead role, apart from penning the story in 'Thalaiezhuthu'. A home production, directing him is his father Ethiraj, a theater actor.

Its an unusual premise that the plot is based on. It revolves around a software created by Raja (Richard Raj), where the thoughts of a human could be transferred to the computer and converted into words. It had earned Raja both admirers and enemies.  Those on the side of the law, who realised its potential to nail criminals. And others, like an unscrupulous minister, who were apprehensive of their evil intentions being exposed.  And when the software goes missing, and a car accident renders Raja totally disabled, the suspects are many, so are the twists in the story too.

Richard a tad awkward and self conscious in the early scenes, comes out well in the  later ones where he desperately tries to save his life. Pooja Gandhi gets a role with dark shades and doesn’t let the opportunity go. It’s an intriguing premise, which however is backed by a weakly etched screenplay. Again, the attempt to blend a western sensibility with Indian nativity, gives a jerky feel to the narration. The closing few reels at the hospital, where Raja confined to his wheel chair, and his life in jeopardy, tries to alert the cops, are the better moments in the otherwise just about passable entertainer.

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