Everything about Thaakka Thaaka, from the title, to the posters, to the trailers and promos, made it a point to tell the audience that the film is about action. The filmmakers wanted the film to be ‘hard-hitting’. Perhaps they took the term too seriously, because most of the film is full of ‘hard-hitting’ stunts – punches, throat-slitting, stabbing, and hitting people with long iron rods. To be honest, the sound of ‘iron-rod-meets-skull’ is still ringing in my ears.
The film revolves around two friends, Sathya (Vikranth) and Karthi (Aravind Singh). Both are orphans and both work at a fast food joint. Karthi and Indu (Abhinaya) are in love, and their story becomes complicated once they realise they want to get married. It leads to Sathya facing the man responsible for his mother’s death. The tale of vengeance is simple, in a way. But it’s decorated with so many unwanted elements that drag the screenplay hither and thither that it leaves the audience unconvinced about the entire plot.
The film showcases the world of human trafficking and its perils. The first ten minutes of the film are about Vikranth’s mother. As a teenager, she’s dragged into the world of prostitution. Certainly, this tugs at our heartstrings. But the dialogues, and the clichéd scenes leave us just a tad disturbed. The director wants the audience to feel bad at the plight of his characters. We want to feel bad at their helplessness. But we just can’t. Thanks to the unconvincing dialogues and immature acting. Vikranth belts out punch after punch with ease. But when it comes to emotional scenes, his limited range of expressions lack the necessary impact. Aravind Singh, who did such a commendable job helming the camera in Demonte Colony, should really stick to what he does best. The one saving grace is Abhinaya. She’s delivered impressive performances in her other films, and she gives a stirring one in Thaakka Thaakka as well.
The film fumbles the most with its lacklustre screenplay. It mostly moves at its own time and pace, swerving from one insignificant scene to another. And like most mediocre action films, the stunt director takes up the role of screenwriter, and a stunt sequence is the answer to every problems. Sadly, maintaining a sepia colour tone throughout the film and elaborate gory action scenes in abandoned factories weren’t enough to make the film either raw or ‘hard-hitting’.
The most talked about feature about the film was this promo song. It was played during the interval. Most people, stepping out to get some much-needed noise relief, missed it.
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