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Thiruttu Payale 2 movie cast: Bobby Simha, Prasanna, Amala Paul
Thiruttu Payale 2 movie director: Susi Ganeshan
Thiruttu Payale 2 movie rating: 2.5 stars
The main premise of the Thiruttu Payale franchise created by director Susi Ganeshan is to explore the possibilities of what human beings would do when they have a secret of another person. The thing about the secret is it makes the one who holds it more powerful than the person who actually owns it.
The first film in the franchise was made at a time when Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg were not household names in India. The film that came out in 2006, followed the life of an average youngster, who lands a jackpot after he discovers the wife of a rich businessman was cheating on him with his close friend. He records the rich man’s wife’s infidelity on camera and blackmails her to lead a luxury life.
In Thiruttu Payale 2, Susi Ganeshan attempts to tell us how vulnerable we are in this information age, where one can learn about the other with just a few clicks of their keypad. The film simultaneously follows the lives of four individuals with each of them being ready to kill to protect their secret or exploit it for their personal gains. The position of key characters in the food chain, keep changing with every new secret he or she manages to dig out. Sometimes they become predators and then preys and even scavenges. But, none of them is clean.
Selvam (Bobby Simha) is an ‘honest corrupt’ officer, a term used to describe the cops who take bribe and bend rules without leaving any clue. Based on his clean track record, he is tasked with the responsibility of tapping phone calls of some high profile people. The job makes him a powerful man and he begins to make big money by cashing in on the secrecy of the high-profile people. He has a beautiful wife Agalya (Amala Paul), who is addicted to Facebook and gets high every time her selife gets a new ‘like’.
Selvam’s one such eavesdropping session makes him cross path with Balakrishna aka Balki (Prasanna), a computer expert and a social media predator. He begins to religiously hear Balki’s phone conversation with his targets even though he had no official sanction or business doing so. Let’s say, he was scratching an itch. And his phone pursuit of Balki leads him to a truth about his wife. Agalya and Balki have been talking to each other.
Selvam begins to monitor all telephone calls of his wife and bugs his own house. While Selvam seems to have got the situation under control, Balki turns the table overnight. Balki manages to bring Selvam to his knees more than once even as Selvam beats him up almost every time they both come face to face.
Susi Ganeshan has written a smart screenplay as Selvam and Balki fight tooth and nail to outfox each other. The director also spents considerable time explaining the traps people set for themselves in the world of social media and how it ends up ruining their actual life. Most of the things the film deals with are something we already know. Ganeshan wants to caution people to be careful about what they share online. At some point, it begins to feel as ineffective as the statutory warning on cigarette packets. People still smoke despite knowing that “smoking kills.”
And the director could have avoided the backstory to justify Selvam’s corrupt practices. It sort of goes against the main belief of the franchise, which is there is no such thing as a good man.
Prasanna makes a strong impact with his villainous act, especially in his introduction scene, where he gobbles up a pizza while watching one of his victims commit suicide live via a video link. It is, indeed, true that the devil gets all the best lines. Bobby Simha and Amala Paul have also delivered convincing performances in their respective roles. And yes, Ganeshan has also played a cameo.