Por Thozhil (2023)


Tamil cinema has been the most consistent industry in terms of delivering thrillers.


Language : Tamil

Director : Vignesh Raja

Writers : Alfred Prakash, Vignesh Raja

Cast : R. Sarathkumar, Ashok Selvan, Nikhila Vimal

Genre : Action | Thriller

Imdb: Por Thozhil (2023)

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Tamil cinema has been the most consistent industry in terms of delivering thrillers. While their qualities can be debatable, the quantity has always been there. And Por Thozhil is a great addition to the list of celebrated Tamil thrillers.

Much of the credit for the success of this film should go to the immaculate and ultra-focused writing that aims to be much more than the typical ‘serial killer’ investigation drama. It opens up a valid discourse about whether one should sympathise with a killer due to the circumstances that pushed him to be one or not (something Mysskin’s Psycho tried to address), and it also comes up with a neat solution for the same. It’s a layered film in that sense with minimal characters, but it provides enough insights into the psyche of each of them. There are also traces of a buddy cop genre thrown in and while it’s not explored to the fullest, it accounts for some of the lighter moments.

Sarath Kumar looks perfect for the part. It’s a film that teases the actor in him as he gets to portray a grumpy cop devoid of his usual style. Ashok Selvan plays his rookie deputy with ease and together they reminded me of Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling from The Nice Guys; they had a great chemistry going.

I thoroughly enjoyed Por Thozhil. It isn’t exactly an edge-of-the-seat gory thriller like Ratchasan (to which it’s being compared with). But, if you’re a fan of smartly constructed thrillers that offers more than the ‘who is the killer’ trope, this one will definitely keep you invested. Give it a shot!

Verdict : 4/7 stars


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Ananth Krishnan

Consultant by profession and a hardcore cinephile by heart, Ananth was always into movies right from a very young age and started analysing the nuances. He developed a passion for reviewing films later and idolises Baradwaj Rangan whom he considers a critic god. If not watching and writing about films he likes discussing and debating about films with his friends and close ones. He also loves public speaking, debating and cricket.

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