Thiruchitrambalam review: A healthy and fun rumcom with Dhanush and Nithya – The News Minute

What a relief to see such a simple and well told story in Tamil cinema after such a long time! Nourishing and no fuss, just like bazam.

Mithran Jewels Thiruchitrambalam It is a surprising film, especially since it comes at this point in Dhanush’s career as it intersects with Hollywood, Bollywood and Tamil cinema with overarching themes of social justice. It’s a story of friendship and love for an ordinary food delivery kid without the dramatic upheaval. His name – Thiruchitrambalam – is a morsel but his nickname Bazham (fruit) is no better. In the local language, “pazham” is the person who is wuss, and Thiru wears the label with resignation.

So does ‘pazham’ eventually become ‘bully’ (tiger)? Will he prove his manhood and peel off the hateful name once and for all? This isn’t that kind of movie, and I’m relieved it isn’t.

Most Thiruchitrambalam It is located in a middle-class apartment building where the houses are snuggled up against each other, and one can hear conversations about whether or not a gas cylinder has been turned over in the background. Here Thiru aka Pazham resides with his grandfather, Thiruchitrambalam Senior (Bharathiraja), and father of constable Neelankandan (Prakash Raj). The three men from three different generations run the house together. There is something broken about them, a tension in the house that never leaves. Mithran paints an effective portrait of a real dysfunctional family with anger, frustration, and plenty of humor, too.

Unlike where Thiru lives, there are luxury apartment buildings where he serves food. Thiru’s world is different from theirs. He accepts it without malice. Dhanush was served without fanfare. He’s sleeping on his motorbike, getting some rest between deliveries. He simply raises his head and looks at the camera, and… that’s it. It’s Thiru we see on screen, not the star. Dhanush has this amazing ability to blend into the ordinary despite his towering screen presence and charm. Few actors are able to appear so weak on screen after they have achieved a certain stature in their careers. It makes it seem effortless.

Bharathiraja is as fun as an old Thiruchitrambalam. He’s funny, affectionate, wimpy, wise, annoying – just the kind of grandpa you’d expect in a place like this. How I wish we could see more of Bharataraja, the actor, in our films! Prakash Raj has played the grumpy Abba in so many films that it is surprising that the man is still able to make changes in this role. As the grouchy Neelakandan who struggles with guilt, he’s totally convincing.

Center Thiruchitrambalam She is the beautiful Nithya Menen who plays Chopana. She’s Thiru’s best friend from the same building – the only person who actually calls Thiru and not Pazham. Although I could see that the role was written by a man in the extra ecstasy that forced Shobana to carry her, Nithya’s natural ease on screen makes her likable rather than annoying. It is also a good idea to make Shobana Telugu instead of Tamil; Makes casting selection work even better. Shobana speaks to her parents, while she speaks Tamil to her brother, reflecting the language equivalents in many homes where people speak several languages. They are small details that show the attention that is given to the structuring of the characters.

In his early years, Dhanush built his career on films that appealed to young people without class privilege. Films that talked about their aspirations to climb the social ladder and also win the final “prize” – a light-skinned girl of the upper class. He invented the “soup song,” the genre in which the hero experiences heartbreak and blames all women. in ThiruchitrambalamHe was rejected twice, but no anti-women rant. The metaphor for the “arrogant heroine” in which Mithran played Yardi ni Mohini (also with Dhanush) It’s not clear here. Both Rashi Khanna and Priya Bhavani Shankar have small but well-written roles. However, the representation of wealthy young men is quite stereotypical – they are shown getting drunk in the theater and bullying Thiru in a scene designed to elicit pity. It’s Nithya’s performance in the scene and what comes next makes him forgiving.

The second half has some speed problems. The plot theme with Stunt Silva is pertinent but too hasty and seems compelled by the script to complete Thiru’s arc. Does the film need such an intervention? Also, I was hoping the movie would break away from some of the old clichés about male-female relationships that would have made her stand out in the romantic genre. But, I suppose that wasn’t the movie Mithran wanted to make.

Anirudh’s background score completes the film’s subtle, non-heroic tone. The music director made a name for himself with the adrenaline-pumping of dozens of star cars, but he showed in this movie that he can be tuned in and loosen up when needed. The image of the beautiful song “Megham Karukatha” brought back memories of “Vennilave Vennilav” from Minsara Kanafu.

Although this is a romcom genre, there is very little cinematic romance in it Thiruchitrambalam. People go to airports and cross continents, but they don’t travel on an international flight when a hat falls with an instant visa in their passport. Also, there are no guitars involved. What a relief to see such a simple and well told story in Tamil cinema after such a long time! Nourishing and no fuss, just like bazam.

Disclaimer: This review is not paid for or commissioned by anyone associated with the series/movie. TNM Editorial is independent of any business relationship the organization may have with producers or any other members of the cast or crew.

Soumya Rajendran writes about sex, culture and cinema. She has authored more than 25 books, including a non-fiction book on teenage gender. She received the Bal Sahitya Puraskar Award for Sahitya Akademie for her novel Mile won’t be quiet in 2015.

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