Ajith’s Thunivu, which is helmed by H Vinoth, released along with Vijay’s Varisu
Last Updated: 11.57 PM, Jan 10, 2023
The first big showdown of 2023 at the Tamil Nadu box office featuring Ajith’s Thunivu and Vijay’s Varisu has been the talk of the town for the past few weeks. Ajith’s heist thriller, helmed by H Vinoth, was the first to release on January 11 with shows beginning as early as 1am.
The movie, which also features Malayalam star Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani, John Kokken, Pavani Reddy and Mamathi Chari, marks Ajith’s third collaboration with Vinoth after Nerkonda Paarvai and Valimai.
Also read: Thunivu review: Ajith's terrific screen presence saves this action drama which entertains despite minor flaws
Fans thronged the theatres for the first show of the film, which has Ajith essaying an anti-hero role. The buzz was sky high for Thunivu, with its trailer been showcased at Burj Khalifa in Dubai as well as New York’s Times Square. The film's trailer, which was released a week ago, had already crossed 59M views on YouTube in record time. Here’s what the audience who had caught the first show of the heist thriller thought of the film.
'Ajith's swag and fast-paced screenplay are the major positives'
Majority of the audience who watched the movie lauded Ajith's anti-hero act as well as the screenplay of the film. Vinoth, in a recent interview with us, said that unlike Valimai, Thunivu required a much shorter runtime - less than 150 minutes - and it seems that this has worked well with the audience too.
How are the action scenes in the film?
Since the trailer of the film dropped, most were intrigued about the action scenes of Thunivu. Some even draw parallels with Money Heist, The first reviews of Twitter say that the action in the film, doesn't disappoint. Fans pointed out that director H Vinoth had blended action with a few emotional scenes too in the film, which ended with a social message about bank frauds.
What are the negatives?
While the audience lauded Ajith's swag in the action scenes, some found his mannerisms throughout the film to be irritating. Also, the first half of the film took some time to get off and this too didn't work for many. The staple climax and uneven screenplay were also pointed out as turn offs by some.
With both Thunivu and Varisu beloning to different genres, both films will attract a varied set of audience. It remains to be seen who will win the Pongal box office clash this year.