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Thee Review

Cast:Sundar C, Ragini, Namitha, Manoj K Jayan, Goutham, Raj Kapoor, G M Kumar, Shayaji Shinde
Music:Srikanth Deva
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Thee Movie Review - Crass and commercial

IndiaGlitz  [Saturday, February 28, 2009]

Sundar C has tried to take a giant leap to join the bandwagon of mass heroes with Thee. The flick carries a positive title inspired by a successful yesteryear Rajinikanth film. Director Kiccha has chosen a political subject that drives home a message that it is the general public who are responsible for the maladies in the social set up. Rather than blaming the politicians or the policemen, a change has to occur in the mindset of the masses to usher and bring a fresh lease of life in the society.

Thee, inspired by the Telugu hit 'Operation Duryodhana', carries a mass theme. It is about a sincere and honest police officer, fighting against greedy and selfish politicians. They finish off his family. In order to seek revenge on the bad elements, he changes his appearance and become a big politician. He eventually manages to teach them a lesson. What is praiseworthy in the movie is that Kiccha has chosen consciously to portray police as sincere and hardworking lot. Their moral values are thoroughly expressed.

The movie reminds one of films including 'Mudhalvan', 'Samy' and 'Dhool' in patches. Unlike the original (Operation Duryodhana), the Tamil version has several commercial elements added to it. Namitha oozes glamour and there are romantic duets and Kuthu songs needlessly stuffed that brakes the film's progress. Sarathy (Sundar C) is a sincere circle inspector. He lives a happy and a contended life with his wife Ragini (Kalyani). A sincere officer, he often gets the wrath of local politicians. As a result he is transferred frequently. Once, a farmer dies of electrocution and Sarathy arrests the MLA (G M Kumar) and his henchmen. As a result, the MLA is forced to leave politics. He hatches a conspiracy against Sarathy and kills his family. Sarathy decides to teach him a lesson.

He changes his attire and also his name to Perumal. Thanks to the help of an actress Ruchi Devi (Namitha) he makes it big in politics by getting a ticket to contest in the by-elections and eventually becomes an MLA. He indulges in unlawful acts to get the ire of people. He devises a strategy and gets the police insulted by the people. Eventually the police force goes on strike en masse and the day-to-day activities come to standstill. People suffer serious problems. Sarathy enters utilizing the opportunity to revenge on the former MLA and his gang. The movie ends with Sarathy uttering a lengthy dialogue and restores order. He eventually enlightens and educates the people on the political and police system.

Sundar C looks good on screen as an honest police officer. He walks nude in the opening scene creating much expectation on his character. However the subsequent events fizzle out the depth in his character. He showed some restraint and played the role well. Namitha as an influential actress is tailor-made for the character. She is cool, suave and leaves an impression with her skin show. The actress, who seemed to have thinned down, deserves a pat for playing such a bold role. She also appears in a song and fulfills the purpose for which she has been roped in the project. Ragini plays as Sundar C's wife. She appears briefly in the movie sacrificing her life to the anti-social elements.

Shayaji Shinde plays a cameo, while the rest of the cast include Manoj K Jayan, Goutham, Thalaivasal Vijay and Sakthivel. Srikanth Deva's music is as usual loud and very familiar.

Dialogues are the major highlight of the movie. Lines on violence against the minority, the need to respect police officers and people selling votes for money are sharp. Produced by Sree Movie Makers and distributed by Sun Pictures, 'Thee' begins brisk but doused down towards the climax. A déjà vu feeling and an influence of overdose of Telugu masala flick cannot be ruled out in the end.

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