Thodari is a 2016 Indian Tamil action thriller film co-produced, written, and directed by Prabhu Solomon. It stars Dhanush and Keerthy Suresh, with D. Imman composing the film's music. Set on an express train, Thodari follows a pantry worker who tries to save the passengers and his girlfriend from hijackers and a politician's bodyguard amid a runaway train incident.
Thodari was released theatrically on 22 September 2016, along with a Telugu dubbed version titled Rail. It was later dubbed into Hindi as Express Khiladi in 2018
- Status Released
- Release date 22 Sep 2016
- Running time 2h 48m
- Genres Action, Adventure, Comedy
In New Delhi Railway Station, Poochiyappan is a railway catering company server who is on duty on the New Delhi-Chennai Express. He is working with his team member and best friend Vairam under his supervisor Chandrakanth.
During the journey, he meets Saroja and falls in love with her at first sight. She is the make-up artist of the actress Srisha, and she wants to become a successful singer. Poochi tells Vairam about Saroja, who promises to help him woo her. Poochi devises a plan, and makes her talk on the phone to the renowned Tamil poet Vairamuthu, who is actually Vairam. However, he soon realises that Saroja is not good at singing though continuing to support her. Saroja remains close to Poochi as she wants to enter the singing industry without knowing the true fact.
The train stops at Jhansi where Central Minister Rangarajan boards the train along with his two bodyguards. One of them, Nandhakumar, doesn't get along with Poochi and Saroja. He also gets humiliated by the minister in front of Poochi, and he wants to take revenge. Poochi asks him to apologize to Saroja for hitting her earlier, to which he agrees in order to get his lost gun back. He soon realises that the gun is with the minister and not with Poochi and Saroja. He vows to murder them. Meanwhile, at Nagpur Junction, robbers board the train without anyone's knowledge, as the driver celebrates his retirement.
The next morning, Srisha's mother spots Saroja with Poochi and asks him to call singer Vairamuthu in front of them, which leads to the truth. Saroja, now devastated, asks him never to show his face again. When he tries to apologize, he is confronted by Nandhakumar, who locks him in a room. The train stops after hitting some wild bulls, which was blamed upon the assistant driver, who failed to alert the driver. Nandhakumar tries to attack Saroja, but she escapes. Due to a fight between the guard of the train and the assistant driver, a green flag was waved. The driver notices and, thinking that the assistant driver has fully checked the brakes' connection, he starts the train. As the train starts accelerating, Saroja is unable to board the passenger compartment in the moving train, so she boards the engine. At the same time, the guard and the assistant driver fall off the train, leaving them behind. A message is passed on to the railway administrator that the guard is not on the train. However, the driver, numb from thinking of the incident, does not hear it. After a few moments, the driver dies of a heart attack, and while falling, pushes the controls forward, making the train speed up, which is watched by Saroja, much to her horror. The train starts to skip stations, much to the alarm of the station masters and the railway administrator. At the same time, the burglars attack the passengers, and order the train not to stop. The passengers get terrified due to the high speed. Poochi then overpowers Nandhakumar and attempts to save Saroja. He kills all the burglars and gives Saroja a walkie talkie for communication. Nandhakumar tries to kill Poochi but is himself killed by the edge of an oncoming rail tunnel.
News spreads that the train driver is dead, and the train is hijacked. Many mistakes the robbers for terrorists and Saroja as their leader. Officers from the police and railway administration are given the responsibility to bring down the train. When they realise that the train is not hijacked, but out of control, they take help from Poochi and Saroja to stop the train by guiding Saroja on how to turn on the emergency brake. However, due to a short circuit earlier, the brakes do not work. They devise a plan to detach the engine from the passenger compartment. Poochi is successful after a long attempt in doing so, and he jumps to the locomotive to save Saroja. Saroja realises her love for Poochi. At Chennai Central railway station, the whole station is evacuated as the oncoming train approaches. The locomotive crashes into the station, and both Poochi and Saroja are injured, but alive. The detached passenger compartments arrive in Chennai, safe with passengers unscathed. They are interviewed by the media, and Poochi is named a national hero.
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