Thorati is a 2019 Indian Tamil drama film directed by Marimuthu. It stars Shaman Mithru and Sathyakala in the lead roles, alongside a cast featuring predominantly newcomers. Featuring music composed by Ved Shankar, the film began production in mid-2018 was released on 2 August 2019.
Set in the 1980s, the film was shot across southern regions of Tamil Nadu such as Dindigul, Madurai, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai during early 2018. The director, P. Marimuthu, suggested that the story of the film was drawn from real life experiences in rural Tamil Nadu.
Set against the backdrop of Ramanathapuram, the story has its protagonist Mayan (Shaman Mithru), a shepherd, who leads a happy-go-lucky-life even as his father is concerned about his future. He befriends a trio (played by Sundarrajan, Chellam Jeyaseelan and Muthuraman) who wouldn’t mind going to any extent to relish vendha soru, sutta kari and patta saarayam.
Mayan’s friendship with them affects his life post his marriage to Semponnu (Sathyakala). Further, there’s a revenge and betrayal angle which has been showcased with the required intensity.
What starts off as a lackadaisical narration moves steadily once the major plot unfolds.
The cinematography, which captures the village in all its beauty and the effortless performance from the heroine and the trio are positives of the film. The emotions, especially towards the end, connect with the audience, thanks to the convincingly presented sequences. The movie takes ample time to get into the core story – a little care in dealing with it would have made it a better watch.
Directed by P. Marimuthu
Produced by Shaman Mithru
Starring Shaman Mithru, Sathyakala
Music by Ved Shankar & Jithin K. Roshan
Cinematography Kumar Sridhar
Edited by Raja Mohammad
Production Shaman Pictures
Distributed by SDC Picturez
Release date 2 August 2019