Spielberg of Indian cinema Mani Ratnam has explored direction, writing and screenplay extensively. His themes are usually based on stories from the epics, society and real life. Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi is one such movie starring superstar Rajinikanth, Mammootty and Shobana as the lead actors and the script is based on stories from the Mahabharata. Ilayaraja has composed pleasant soundtrack to this hit.
The film crew has talented actors such as Arvind Swamy, Srividya, Amrish Puri, Bhanupriya, Nagesh and Charuhasan in the supporting role. The story revolves around how Surya an orphan raised by a woman from the slums, finds his acquaintance Deva and help the downtrodden fellow beings. Taking you through drama and crime the movie brings in a new twist of the hero meeting his step brother who is the district collector. The climax of the movie keeps you clinging to your seats to see if friendship is stronger than family. The story is freely based on the stories of friendship between Karna and Duryodhana from the Mahabharata.