THAMBI Movie Review
Karthi ,Jyothika ,Ammu Abhirami ,Sathyaraj,Nikhila Vimal,Anson Paul,Ilavarasu ,Sowcar Janaki,Seetha ,Master Ashwanth Ashokkumar, Semmalar Annam ,Bala,Bala Singh,Mahanadi Shankar,Hareesh Peradi etc,
Directer -Jeethu Joseph ,Produce – Viacom 18 Motion Pictures,Suraj Sadanah,Screenplay – Jeethu Joseph,Rensil D’Silva,Sameer Arora,K. Manikandan,Story – Rensil D’Silva,Sameer Arora,Music – Govind Vasantha, Cinematogr aphy – R. D. Rajasekhar ,Editer – VS Vinayak ,Production company Viacom 18 -Parallel Minds Productions ,Distributer – SDC PICTUREZ ,P R O – Johnson etc.
A family of four comprising politician Gnanamurthi (Sathyaraj), his wife (Seetha), teacher Parvathy (Jyothika), and paralysed grandmother (Sowcar Janaki) live in Mettupalayam yearning for their long lost son Saravanan to return. A cop Jeevanandham (Ilavarasu) strikes a deal with Vicky (Karthi) in Goa to impersonate Saravanan and swindle the family. On entering the house, Vicky develops a strong bond with the family while also signing up for some surprises. Right from Jyothika narrating a fable to the children to Karthi speaking to his conscience, nothing is tiresome, meaningless and most importantly clichéd. It aided the engagement factor of the first half which does not really delve into the story. Despite the presence of several characters and information, you are not exactly sure where it is headed. If you think back on all the events that took place prior to the climax, everything seems plausible without giving us the impression that it was all constructed just for the climax.
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Thambi is the story of a family that’s hoping for the return of their long-forgotten son. It’s been 15 years since Saravana (Karthi) left home and nobody knows even if he’s alive. But his sister Parvathi is still hopeful that her brother would come home someday, and so is the rest of the family. Some circumstances forces Saravana to flee town and he comes and takes refuge with this family as he introduces himself as their long-separated kin.
While Saravana’s parents are convinced that their son is back and they welcome him wholeheartedly, his sister has her doubts and takes a lot of time to warm up to him. As Saravana slowly starts winning the trust of his family members, he learns about a secret the family has hidden for a long time and the events that follow forms the crux of the story. Jeethu Joseph has somehow mastered the art of making thrillers against a family backdrop. In spite of being so similar in story and presentation, both Drishyam and Thambi work beautifully as standalone films and don’t warrant a comparison.
In interviews that followed the massive success of his film Drishyam, director Jeethu Joseph kept reiterating how it was unfair to except a similar murder mystery from him. Besides its Tamil remake Papanasam, he chose to make films in various genres, with middling results. Flash forward to December 2019 and he has two releases, both hinting at a possible return to form and his strongest genre. If his Hindi film The Body was the remake of a Spanish film, in his first Tamil original, he tries really hard to recreate the magic of the film that made him a household name. But, having watched Thambi, what you’re left with is an overwhelming amount of respect for Drishyam, because you can clearly see how easily things could have gone wrong with that. The similarities between both are difficult to overlook. Thambi too places a family at its centre; a troubled boy goes missing. It’s a whack to the head (we get two more later) that sets off a chain of events,
Of course, the basic plotline in Thambi could have been developed into a perfectly engaging film, like the old 80’s Malayalam murder mystery Charithram. But it’s so needlessly complicated that it becomes difficult to even see it as a thriller. It doesn’t come close to Drishyam, but does the core idea work well as a companion piece, with a role reversal of epic proportions? It certainly does. Jeethu Joseph’s Thambi, which stars Karthi and Jyothika in the lead, has so much in common with the filmmaker’s own Drishyam. Both these movies are cut from the same cloth and, pretty much, belong to the same world in terms of sentiment, emotion and suspense. Both these stories are centred on the search for a missing member of a family and the secrets that are unraveled in the process. Both these stories have characters that at some point in the film come across as suspects but end up surprising audiences. In spite of having so much in common, both Drishyam and Thambi stand out due to the way they’re executed.
Unlike Drishyam which was considered slightly dark in its overall tone, Thambi is a light-hearted family drama with a rewarding twist in the end. The film allows Karthi to slip into a character that has great scope for comedy and he nails the initial portion with terrific comic timing. But it’s in the portion leading to the climax that we see Karthi really get under the skin of his character and showcase his versatility. Since her return to acting, Jyothika has had her share of good and bad films but she sets herself a new benchmark with her performance in Thambi. There’s also the ever reliable Sathyaraj as the father who gets to shine in an author-backed role which he nails effortlessly. Thambi works because it has a good mix of drama, sentiment and suspense. It successfully deceives the audience with a laid-back first half with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. However, it transforms into a thriller in the second half and the narration keeps one glued to the proceedings on screen, and the writing is laudable.
The film’s first hour is kept deceptively light, only to make way for some heavy-duty twists and turns. Dig a little deeper, and we see how Thambi too is about the efforts of its characters to keep an all-important lie alive. Yet, its moral universe is more complex because every significant character in the film is painted a dark shade of grey. Saravanan (Karthi) is a standard-issue fraud who lives off petty crimes in Goa. We also get a prosperous family in Mettupalayam that lives in the hope that the son, who went missing 15 years ago, will return. Enter a police officer who connects the dots, and voila, Saravanan becomes the missing son. Initially, the tension comes from Saravanan trying to convince members of this family and the people around them that he is who they’ve been waiting for. A few, like his childhood sweetheart Sanjana (Nikhila Vimal) and the parents are fairly easy to convince.
Yet, what’s surprising in this family film is how poorly the emotions are worked out. The sister-brother relationship has been the film’s major selling point, yet it’s also the film’s least effective. We never understand what’s going on in her head. Is it disbelief or regret? Why do we get scenes like the birthday party where we see her attitude changing? Is it only to further complicate what the audience is thinking? Because it becomes really difficult to place it within the truths of the film.We also get lifeless songs and elaborate fight sequences that take away from the film’s pace and mood. But beyond these, Thambi is a film that gives far too much weightage to the final twist. It’s not just about if you saw it coming. It’s about how difficult the film makes it for us to stay invested till we even reach that point. And even when we get the big reveal, it involves so much explaining and talking that it feels like the writer is fixing all the plot holes and doubts in one go.
The grandmother and the sister, not so much. Is the film about an outsider charming his way into this family to eventually cheat them for a huge bounty? Or is it about the family catching his bluff, only to retreat into its own disappointed shell, having lost the son again? Given that this is a Jeethu Joseph film, is there more to these peo ple than what meets the eye? The problem with the film is that it tries to do all three. Despite the com plic ated themes, Drishyam was still a very cleanly written film. Everything fit like a puzzle, making it hard to remove even a single scene or character from it. Thambi is muddled with far too many ‘what-ifs’, sub-plots and characters. One of these, involving a corporate trying to usurp a piece of land, involves so much screentime you’re surprised at how little it has to do with the final reveal. And certain characters, like a rival politician, are so confusingly writ ten that they only serve as red herrings, but without any real reason.
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Written By- T.H.PRASAD -B4U-Ratting-4 /5