"Thangamagan" starring Dhanush, Amy Jackson, Samantha, K.S.Ravikumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Sathish and VIP's ghost, is a disappointment. Velraj, teaming up with Dhanush again, sought to create the same magic that VIP did, but ended up missing their target. The movie falls short at almost everything. As always it is Dhanush's acting that keeps you from walking away, especially in the second half. The script is half baked and the plot is contrived.
Dhanush's VIP was a trendsetter of sorts. For one, it had some prodigious music work by Anirudh. Dhanush's boy-next-door image and hilarious mannerisms were the movie's biggest plus points. The rapport he shared with his father played by Samuthirakani was another bonus point. The second half saw some phase change, and Dhanush then became his kick-ass "star" avatar, making every engineer to root for him.
I don't even know why I'm raving about VIP now. Probably because of the bar that it set, which no thangamagan can ever reach. Even though they've tried really hard to brush off the VIP effect, the audience kept feeling it at each and every juncture, and according to me, that is the movie's biggest minus.
Thamizh (Dhansuh) and Kumaran (Sathish) are two friends and together with Thamizh's cousin Aravindh (Adith Arun) they have grown really close together. When Thamizh meets Hema D'Souza (Amy Jackson) and falls for her, he imprudently decides to leave Aravindh out of this fearing that his good looks might actually be a hinderance. This creates a rift between them and later leads to some serious consequences. What follows is an interesting love track between Thamizh and Hema with quite a lot of pecks on the lips for the audience to handle. Amy Jackson definitely needs to revamp her acting skills and also has to work really hard to get the lip sync right. Other than that, Amy (voiced by Andrea) has a decent role in this movie. This is the first half and pretty much the bearable part. The rest of the movie deals with how Thamizh sets out to find the reason behind his father's mysterious death. Samantha has done a neat job and fit the role of a doting wife to the T. K.S.Ravikumar does not have much screen time, nor does Radhika Sarathkumar, which was also a sort of dampener.
Anirudh doesn't have much scope to score on the background music. The songs are good and the picturisation by the cinematographer Kumaran is gratifying.
Not all Thangamagans can become a Velai Illa Pattadhari.