Vishal and Shriya Saran in Thoranai

Godly may be their name but demonic are their deeds. Instead of divinity they indulge in devilry dashing hopes of ensemble entertainment at movies. Thrusting time-tested tripe about a bucolic brother heading to crime-infested city to get ensnarled in intercine rivalry of sewer rats is this week’s Tamil fare at theatres. Incidentally, this bi-lingual flick takes the tale of ‘Pista’ in Telugu which also hit Bengalooru’s movie marquee simultaneously.

Running on triad tracks — crassly comic, routine romance and mindless mayhem, Saba Iyyappan’s ‘Thoranai’ tries to take movie-goers on a jolly jaunt. However, it leaves cinegoers suffering and squirming right through. With mommy dearest moaning for her Ganesha, younger brother Muruga resolutely sets out in search of his elder kin in big, bad Chennai. Here, throwing cutlass at each other’s throats and firing fusillade on sighting one another is the prime pastime of rowdy-sheeters Tamizharasan and Guru, trying to usurp the underworld. While the two are at it, Muruga goes mushy-mushy over Indu, a city lass working in a non-descript firm, and the two tango amdist sylvan settings, before Muruga is caught in the crossfire of T & G’s one-upmanship.

Iyyappan’s twist in the tale is that Guru turns out to be Ganesh, the long lost brother of Muruga. Suffice to say violent and vacuous ‘Thoranai’ is for those who love to wolf over Shriya and whistle for their ‘Puratchi Thalapathi’.

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