Director: Susi Ganesan
Cast: Bobby Simhaa, Amala Paul, Prasanna, VJ Adams and Sanam Shetty
Thiruttu Payale 2 gives us a peek into the dark side of technology-laden lives, throwing the spotlight on three prime characters played by Amala Paul, Bobby Simhaa and Prasanna. Director Susi Ganesan succeeds in driving home the point that there’s nothing private anymore in anyone’s life. If Thiruttu Payale was about what happens when one’s privacy is invaded by a stranger, the sequel, well in sync with modern times, is about the lack of privacy in today’s digital era.
Bobby Simhaa likes to call himself an honest-corrupt cop, whose new role as part of his job is to tap into the calls of high-ranked officials and politicians. He uses the power to make quick bucks and in the process learns about his wife’s Facebook friend Balki (played by Prasanna), a tech whiz, who has a strong presence in her life and even has a say in things she purchases.
The riveting first half is let down by a needlessly lengthy second half. The cat-and-mouse face-off between Prasanna and Simhaa had so much potential, but sadly is reduced to predictable twists and turns. However, what still works in the film’s favour is the fact that our lives are so exposed in this digital era and the damage it can cause is quite a revelation.
Among the actors, Prasanna steals the thunder with his excellent performance. He plays the suave tech whiz to the tee and it’s tough to understand his actions. Another area where Susi shines as a writer is in convincing us that all the characters in the film have various shades and it’s tough to pin someone as good or bad.
Unlike Thiruttu Payale, its sequel is not ahead of its time and even though it’s powered by an intriguing and interesting story, it fails miserably in creating the kind of impact you expect from such a film.