Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is a straight lifted film from it’s content. Thaanaa Serndha Koottam presents Akshay Kumar’s Special 26’s dumb down Tamil version with unnecessary dance and action sequences. Special 26 is clearly one of the most unique films in the history of Hindi cinema and to spoil an already lifted concept is the eighth sin. Akshay kumar’s reason to start CBI of his own was shown very briefly in Neeraj Pandey’s film because it held less importance while Suriya’s character takes till interval to establish his CBI work.
Scenes, dialogues and emotions are straight up lifted from Special 26 and they do not fall Thaanaa Serndha Koottam’s rhythm because that could only be achieved in a screenplay which is very fast paced and story is going on every second. Suriya’s film breaks into songs which are treated like highlights of the film and unnecessary sports action sequences. Akshay kumar maintained a sense of character above his stardom and followed it right through the film while Suriya plays a regular rowdie of Tamil cinema who is very predictable. Production design of the film is good and it has a lot of colors in it with huge sets built especially for dance sequences.
Suriya as an actor is tremendously capable of surprising audience and giving extraordinary performances in films like 24 and 7am Arivu but by his own admission he does masala films to keep doing 24’s which is a hard bargain. Suriya is basically trying to say that Tamil film audience is not evolved enough to understand 24 is a highly commercial film and not an arthouse piece of work but he might have overstated his guts because the same audience made Vikram Vedha Madhavan’s biggest hit of all time. Maybe the audience is ready but Suriya is overseeing this whole thing to give himself reasons of doing highly commercial films to keep his stardom afloat.