Corrupt? Honest? Can anything be defined in black and white? That is one of the major questions posed by the engaging thriller Thiruttu Payale 2; the movie's entire script hinges on the two words. Selvam (Bobby Simha) is an upright policeman, employed as a surveillance specialist targeting top police officers and politicians. However, as the old adage goes, every man has two faces: one that he keeps to himself and another that he shows the world. In a similar manner, Selvam has a dark, corrupt side—borne out of his desire to lead a lavish life. As the movie progresses, a chance to obtain a literal treasure lands in the hands of the protagonist.
Selvam's wife Agal Vilakku (Amala Paul) is your garden-variety social media addict. Pictures of new sarees and purchases end up on Facebook before even the cop husband gets to know of it. On the flip side, a young cyber criminal Balakrishnan aka Balki (Prasanna)—a methodical social media stalker and womaniser—sets sights on Agal. Further developments turn Selvam’s life upside down.
The plot of the movie revolves around the three, highlighting the dangers of technology, the current generation's life in the fast lane, and portrays the darker side of the humanity.
The well-written script is suspenseful, with a potent mix of action, chaos and romance that will keep the audience by the edge of the seat throughout the two-and-half-hour flick. The first half of the movie is interesting, and the filmmaker has managed to maintain the thread through to the end of the second half—which basically devolves into a cat and mouse game.
Simha has delivered his best performance to date. Prasanna stands equally tall, with a stellar rendition of a technology-aficionado cum scheming villain.
An engaging thriller, both protagonist and the antagonist (shades of them, anyway) flesh out a remarkable performance, outdoing the other in every frame. Susi Ganesan, Mani Ratnam's protege, has done his research well.
The movie makes for an entertaining thriller on the lurking dangers of Facebook and social media addiction. In the original, released 10 years before, Susi Ganesan's script on extra-marital affairs and its consequences. In the sequel, the director is more inclined to addressing the issues of technology and privacy in the modern world.
The film is strangely reminiscent of the phone tapping incidents and the political tremors that rocked Tamil Nadu in 2010-11.
Director: Susi Ganesan
Cast: Bobby Simha, Prasanna and Amala Paul