Pathu Thala Movie Review: Simbu’s Stellar Performance Shines in this Engaging Gangster Film

Read our review of Pathu Thala, a Tamil gangster movie featuring Silambarasan TR as the lead. Discover why Simbu's performance as Varadharajan makes this predictable movie an entertaining watch.

“Pathu Thala” is a 2021 Tamil-language gangster film directed by Obeli N Krishna, starring Silambarasan TR in the lead role. The film was released on March 11, 2022 and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. In this review, we will highlight the plot, performances and technical aspects of the film.


The film revolves around Varadarajan (Silambarasan TR), a notorious gangster who runs a criminal empire in Chennai. He is assisted by his right-hand man, Dharma (Gautam Karthik), and his girlfriend, Devi (Priya Bhavani Shankar). However, things take a turn when a new rival gang led by a ruthless gangster named Selvam (Ashutosh Rana) enters the scene. The rest of the story follows Varadarajan as he navigates through this dangerous situation while trying to protect his kingdom and his loved ones.

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Pathu Thala Movie Review: Simbu’s Stellar Performance Shines in this Engaging Gangster Film

Silambarasan TR is the heart and soul of “Pathu Thala” and he delivers a powerful performance as Varadarajan. He perfectly portrays the nuances of a gangster – his swag, his style, his aggression and his vulnerability. She dominates the screen in every scene, and her presence makes the film engaging. Gautam Karthik who plays Dharma also does a good job and his chemistry with Simbu is commendable. Priya Bhavani Shankar, who plays Devi, has limited screen time but makes her presence felt.

Ashutosh Rana, who plays the villainous Selvam, is menacing and delivers a solid performance. However, his character could have been better written, and his screen time is limited, reducing his impact.

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technical aspects:

The film’s cinematography by Shivakumar Vijayan is top notch, and has beautifully captured the essence of Chennai. The music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja is also good, and the lyrics go well with the narrative.

However, the editing could have been a bit rough, as there are some scenes which look stretched. The writing also has its flaws, and the screenplay could have been more engaging.


“Pathu Thala” is an anticipated gangster film, the story of which has been done before. However, it mainly works because of Silambarasan TR’s performance, which is nothing short of brilliant. He single-handedly carries the film on his shoulders and makes it an entertaining watch. Overall, if you are a fan of gangster movies, “Pathu Thala” is worth a watch.

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