Thozha is a very fine film on relationships by director Vamshy. It talks about brotherly bonding between Nagarjuna and Karthi, their tryst with romance and also Karthi's dynamics with his family and how he earns their approval. Anushka and Shriya come in brief roles as the women in Nagarjuna's life. Nag doesn't feel comfortable in pursuing his relationships, due to his physical handicap. Karthi is the one who convinces him to do so and lead a normal life.
Karthi's spontaneity and natural acting is the biggest plus point of Thozha. He plays a character which is instantly likable and the way he addresses Nagarjuna as 'Anna' makes their bromance connect even more with the audience. He speaks the Madras lingo very authentically. And thanks to his fair and handsome looks, the costly costumes that he sports once he gets into the Nagarjuna household don't look out of place.
Nagarjuna wins us over with his majestic looks, smile and classy costumes. Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, he scores big with his subtle acting and voice (he has dubbed too). Tamanna is such eye candy in short eye-catching skirts, and she gets a dignified role as Nag's assistant and also Karthi's love interest. There is a duet number for the two in the 2nd half, and she sizzles with her dance moves and costumes. Prakash Raj shows his experience as an ace lawyer and close friend of Nag. He is part of a very enjoyable comedy episode revolving around Karthi's attempts to paint.
The second half mostly happens in Paris, and cameraman PS Vinod has captured the city and other European locations so beautifully. Nag loves the city and sees it as a stress buster. He relives his glory moments during a trip with Karthi and Tamanna.
The visuals of Thozha are glossy as the film has a rich setting, and the costume designers have decked up the actors in dashing, debonair attire. PVP Cinema sure know to splurge money on their films and in the case of Thozha, it looks like money well-spent.
There are some racy aerial shots in PS Vinod's work and it is a pleasing experience to watch the film. Composer Gopi Sundar impresses with songs such as 'Thozha', 'Pudhidha' and 'Nagarum' and his re-recording is apt for the film's emotional graph.
Even though Thozha is more than 150 mins long, there are very few lags (like one needless item number). Editor Praveen KL has kept tight vigil over the film to make it interesting for the viewer.
Thozha should be an ideal outing for the family audiences this summer. It is a feel-good 'celebration of life' as the tagline says, and portrays human relationships and emotions in an appealing manner. Good job by director Vamshy, PVP Cinema, the cast and crew.