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Release poster
Directed by Sabha Ayyappan
Produced by Vikram Krishna
Written by Sabha Ayyappan
Starring Vishal
Shriya Saran
Prakash Raj
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Priyan
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
G K Film Corporation
Distributed by G K Film Corporation
Release date
  • 29 May 2009 (2009-05-29)
Running time
148 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil/telugu

Thoranai (English: Posture in Tamil) / Pista (English:Hero in Telugu) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-Telugu bilingual action-comedy film written and directed by Sabha Ayyappan and produced by Vikram Krishna under the banner G K Film Corporation and starring Vishal and Shriya in the lead roles and Prakash Raj in another pivotal role. Directed by Iyappan, and produced by Vikram Krishna, G K Film corporation the film released on 29 May 2009 to good reviews. A Telugu version, titled Pistha, was filmed and released simultaneously while a dubbed Hindi version titled Vishal Ki Kurbani was released later.


Guru (Kishore) and Thamizharasu (Prakash Raj) are dreaded gangsters in Chennai. They are against pitted each other and fight to establish their supremacy in city. They indulge in gang war painting Chennai red. Enters Murugan (Vishal Krishna). A native of Madurai, he comes to Chennai with a mission. He leaves his village promising his mother (Geetha) that he would return only with his brother, who had run away from the house about two decades ago.

Murugan gets the help of his friend Vellaichamy (Santhanam). He comes across the gangsters and a sequence of events results in him incurring both their wrath. In a bloody duel with Guru, he comes to know that he is his brother, whom he has been searching for long. Now he is entrusted with the task of protecting him from Thamizharasu. How he accomplishes his task forms the crux.


Tamil version[edit]

Telugu version[edit]


Thoranai: The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album
Released 19 April 2009 (2009-04-19)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Think Music
No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics
1 "Vedi Vedi Saravedi" Ranjith, Naveen 4:26 Viveka
2 "Vaa Chellam" Udit Narayan 5:07 Pa. Vijay
3 "Pattucha" Vijay Yesudas, Janani 3:58 Kabilan
4 "Peliccan Paravaigal" Ranjith, Rahul, Rita, Jai 4:07 Vaali
5 "Manjasela Mandakini" Tippu, Saindhavi 4:20 Pa. Vijay

in telugu version with same playback singers and same duration 01 – Pidi Pidi 02 – Naa Maharani 03 – Pattuko Pattuko 04 – Oka Pelican 05 – Naa Maharani 06 – Mandakini

Critical reception[edit]

Behindwoods wrote:"Thoranai does entertain, but a tighter script and better execution could have yielded far better results".[1] Sify wrote:"The problems with Thoranai are sundry. First and foremost, it’s got a dead script. Nothing, simply nothing happens in the first half of the film".[2] Rediff wrote:"Thoranai's only merit is that it's marginally better than Sathyam".[3]