Thalaivaa (Twitter/@thalaivaafilm)

Tamil film, "Thalaivaa", one of the most-anticipated films of 2013, has been released worldwide except at home - Tamil Nadu. The family entertainer is directed by A L Vijay of "Deiva Thirumagal" fame.

The film features Vijay and Amala Paul in the lead roles, while Ragini Nandwani, Rajiv Pillai, Santhanam and Sathyaraj play supporting roles.

"Thalaivaa" tells the story of a man who turns into a leader. The action thriller has received mixed reviews from critics who are of the opinion that the second half of the film is pretty slow.

Check out what the critics have to say about the film:

According to Behindwoods Review Board, "Director Vijay knows what works for the audience - he has done emotional dramas to romance to action with equal ease and actor Vijay knows what his fans want. The combination is sure to hit the right chord.

"The film is set partly in Mumbai and the rest of the film is shot in international locations including Australia. The backdrops promise something unique. The film boasts of very high production values - for instance, slums of Dharavi were recreated for the movie's shooting."

Siddarth Srinivas of Cinemalead writes: "Thalaivaa is a 3 hour biopic of a common man who turns into a leader. The movie starts off in Mumbai with Sathyaraj's character being introduced.

"The screen is set ablaze with some breath-taking dance moves. Amala Paul and Santhanam make their entry, and the first half moves filled with fun, while looking colorful. There is a hilarious surprise too. Thelove track is well etched and special credits have to be given to the song picturisations.

"Thalaivaa is not the normal racy entertainer you will expect from Vijay. It is a movie which travels on a slower note, peppered with morale values and lessons to learn. It will entertain you and at the same time, enlighten you. A different Vijay film, by any means."

Metromasti in their review writes: "Thalaivaa is said to be a 3 hour biopic movie which speaks about a common name who literally turns out to be a leader in the climax.

"The first half of the movie entertains with romance, class performance of Vijay alongside Santhanam and Amala Paul's hilarious comedy performance.  It gets off to a slow start in the second half but slowly grabs the attention with some intelligent scenes and climax.   

"Thalaivaa which runs for 185 minutes has very intelligent scenes and is expected to be a complete class hit entertainer movie of the year. Thalaivaa is overall a slow paced class movie, well narrated and carries a good substance in the story line." 

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