For a while, we could not believe our eyes when we saw the theatres playing Thenavettu – it is raining hard and it is not even a weekend, but still the theatres were swarmed with a crowd usually seen on weekends. Jiiva starrer Thenavettu is achieving phenomenal success and is on its way to join the list of super hits of 2008.
People are in a frenzy inside the theatres – whistling, howling and hooting, welcoming each and every “punch” dialogue and the thrill it offers by extremely vocal expressions. There were people from all the strata of the society – there was a huge group of IT professionals (did they take leave from work?!), the usual frontbenchers, families and college students.
The chemistry between Poonam Bajwa and Jiiva is scintillating. Songs typical of Srikanth Deva are eliciting shouts of “encore” from every member of the audience. It is pleasing to see that Chennaites have found something to elevate their spirits in the midst such inclement weather.
Kollywood is probably the only film industry which can make films combining social messages and entertainment so effectively without being didactic. This new Kollywood action movie has become a rage and also promotes noble ideas like equality and inclusiveness in society. How? By showing respect and empathy for the most-ignored section of society – transgenders. Unlike most Kollywood films where transgenders are the butt of lewd jokes, Thenavettu projects them as just another section of society and does not disrespect them in any manner.
Thenavettu, the second presentation of Sun Pictures (first was Kadhalil Vizhunden), has also become a super hit justifying the expectations of its makers.