Aishwarya Rajesh Starrer is anything but a thriller

Thittam Irandu Movie Review Rating: 1/5 stars (one star)

Star cast: Vignesh karthick

Director: Aishwarya Rajesh, Subash Selvam, Murali R Krishnan and ensemble.

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What is good: The creators try to enlighten people on a taboo subject.

What is bad: wasting almost all the time getting to the main point and finally explaining it in the manner of a basic textbook.

Loo Break: Take a lot. There are no emotions that force you to motivate yourself.

To look or not ?: if you have too much time to invest in a drama that is as superficial as the movie lighting that remains the same in whatever house the characters move into.

Language: Tamil (with English subtitles)

Available at: SonyLiv

It is scattered. We meet two strangers who are on a bus trip. The two become friends fairly quickly. It turns out that the girl (Aishwarya Rajesh) is a police officer. Suddenly he took over a case. His childhood friend, now estranged, has disappeared and he has to find her. What he discovers, he finds, makes the plot of the film.

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Thittam Irandu Movie Review: Script Analysis

I understand that the movies are written in a three act structure. Sometimes filmmakers tend to break it up and mold it based on their story, but the essence / cause remains the same. We’re not even going to fix it. Even if you follow the basics, Thittam Irandu is a scattered mess that opens up at a different angle, attempts to solve a strange mystery completely out of the world, and ends in a moral science lesson. (In no way am I degrading the conversation started. I am signaling the execution of it).

Written by Vignesh Karthick himself, the film opens with a girl Athira (Aishwarya) and a boy Arjun (Subash), who meet on a bus trip. They stick so hard that an honest police officer tricks the bus driver into getting Arjun’s number. Now this is of course a basic opening for everything that is about to go wrong. And you have already felt that the world will crash and Arjun will be on top of it with a hammer.

The next 20 minutes or so they bond and finally fall in love. Now we have a case where Surya, Athira’s best childhood friend, is missing and probably dead. Who is the murderer? Another predictable investigation begins. CCTV footage is investigated and only Athira can decode it, because lead, of course! And wait, when even Surya’s husband filed a FIR, he randomly called Athira and she started the investigation.

Thittam Irandu is full of things so predictable and above the surface. The writing that promises to be this harrowing journey never really gets there. When in the end you’re like someone is stuck somewhere and will have to fight their way out, voila, the creators plan to reveal the real story and well, it’s nothing exciting. Whoever chose the word “thriller” to define this movie, even after knowing the story, probably didn’t even think twice.

I like movies that talk about representation and discuss it. But if you end up talking about it at a speed no one can grasp, the intent is just as good and you take a look at it. Also, this is not the way gender change surgeries work for sure. I would suggest that the writers had really done their research a bit earlier on the same thing.

Thittam Irandu Movie Review: Star Performance

What can actors do when the script itself puts them in parentheses and tells them to survive in those constraints? Each character has a tone, a paper-thin version of the humans that existed in movies like 5 years ago. Take Athira, also known as Aishwarya Rajesh, for example. It gives you an expression, and when you break it, it feels like a drastic change. After meeting a stranger three times, she calls her mother and tells her to stop looking for a man on marriage sites. She is a police officer and a headstrong girl as defined; take notes.

Only Subash Selvam gets the hard part and the actor does a decent job at it. It brings a layer or two to your character and at least adds a bit of “excitement.” Rest up, they are all repeating versions of characters we know.

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Thittam Irandu Movie Review: Direction, Music

Vignesh Karthick makes it look like he shot the whole movie in one day; The same constant expression of Aishwarya helps. Making movies takes effort, and even the most poorly rated movies have a lot of ‘khoon-walk’ to make them. When a writer-director chooses to tackle a taboo subject, he must let his main conflict take center stage. And not just for a few minutes, but for a long time, so it stays registered in the mind of your audience.

Sadly, Karthick doesn’t do any of that. It seems like a good wasted topic.

Thittam Irandu Movie Review: The Last Word

I wish someone could have alarmed them about the lack of glue in the script to tie everything together. Also, a little more research and a lot more depth. Still, you can skip it.

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Thittam Irandu Releases July 29, 2021.

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