Manikam (Jeevan) is a young bum, her parents drove from home. He went and with his uncle in Madras. From the top of the building it surprises the antics of a couple in a nearby park (Malavika and Abbas). Discovering that this wealthy industrialists married their separate ways, he films them in action and blackmailed. Instead of asking a simple ransom, he condemns them to meet life's needs. They run in terror at the thought of being discovered. One day his fancy took him to Australia, where he falls in love with Rosie and discovers that there is something in life that Money. On his return he tries to line up, but at the same time the couple decides to take revenge and sends the police.
Thiruttu payale is a noir film, in a critical rule of money power in society. Whether among the affluent, rotten and decadent, or in smaller environments where it is the only way to survive, all the characters in the film are corrupted by the race for money.
The main character is an antihero . It was a promising student who saw his future ruined by the bad influences of his own family. It is brilliantly played by Jeevan, who is back after his role as villain in Kaaka Kaaka where it already bursting the screen. Here it is excellent, always charismatic and disturbing, but at the same time human and endearing. The role seems tailor made for him. Malavika and Abbas, the adulterous couple are equally compelling. Finally, especially since Abbas Malavika actually tons, as always.
The main interest of the film lies in its main character, the typical tragic fate of black films, really well written and brilliantly performed. The film would have been good if it had stuck, unfortunately the director has tried to make a masala film. So the story is completely diluted in scenes from comedies unrelated, very average songs and scenes of brawls spectacularly useless.
Overall the film remains ambitious and original, well above and much darker than average, but leaves a small disappointment. This is the kind of film that could be so much better if he had the guts to get out of commercial shackles, he would almost want to become a film editor to remove these unwanted scenes. Released in conjunction with major productions Commercial ( Aadhi , Tirupathi ) thiruttu payale was rather well received by the public, remaining on view long enough to become a nice surprise hit in early 2006.