In the original Thiruttu Payale, Susi Ganesan worked on an extra-marital affair and how a cunning youngster blackmails and tries to make a luxurious life out of it. In the sequel, the director explores how technology and greed of the current generation exploits the dark and personal side of humankind.
Selvam (Bobby Simha) calls himself a honest corrupt cop, as he begins his career as an upright policeman but slowly situation makes his hands dirty. Selvam works in the intelligence bureau and his superior officer wants him to tap the calls of politicians and top rank officers but our protagonist has other ideas and loot heavy money using his new found power.
Selvam has a beautiful wife Agalvilakku (Amala Paul), who is a Facebook addict. Everything goes well for Selvam until he comes across a cyber criminal Balki (Prasanna), who is Agal’s facebook friend turned close confidant. Balki turns Selva’s life upside down and what follows in their life forms the rest of the plot with enough twists and turns.
The film begins with a bang and portrays how shocking it would be if we all start listening to the personal calls of our friends and family. A bloated Bobby Simha justifies the middle class husband role. Amala not only looks good and natural but rightly conveys the emotions of a housewife, who has no other go but to handle a delicate situation without uttering a single word to her family. Prasanna looks fit and suave and is so perfect that we hope he was apt to do the cop role convincingly.
As said, the film starts well but post intermission, the cat and mouse game between Bobby Simha and Prasanna becomes tedious and predictable, and the climax is clumsy and easy with a contrived ending. But what works in favor of Thiruttu Payale 2 is the shocking revelation and facts of modern day cyber crimes, and the director has done his research well.
On the whole, Thiruttu Payale 2 is a watchable thriller, especially for the well written first half and portraying the dark side of today’s internet world convincingly.