Thadam: An Impressive Thriller with Plenty of Surprises
Movie Review by Rafiaa Khan (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Directed by Magizh Thirumeni of Thadaiyara Thakka fame, Thadam is the director’s second venture with Arun Vijay as the lead. Thadam is an investigative thriller that deals with a case where the prime suspects are identical twins. It deals with the lives of twin brothers, Kavin and Ezhil, both played by Arun Vijay. Their parents’ divorce leads to the separation of the twins, and circumstances lead them to grow up as rivals.
The plot thickens after the murder of a rich young man. The police arrest Ezhil after they discover a suspicious selfie of the victim and Ezhil. The police are in for a shocker when Kavin also gets arrested, however for a drink and drive report. What follows is the struggle to solve a case with limited evidence. Vidya Pradeep plays a junior police inspector and is a treat to watch, for her endearing performance as a tough woman cop.
The first half is an introduction to the characters and the nuances of their lives, which is showcased in the form of chapters. While the monotonous first half slows down the pace of the movie, the story starts getting interesting when the lives of both the twins collide, which is just before the pre-interval. This is the point when your eyes are glued to the screen, in the fear of missing out on some major plot twist.
The second half is a roller coaster ride full of shocking moments that will keep you at your edge and it forms the heart and soul of the movie. Arun Vijay’s portrayal of the twins is commendable, and he depicts their different body language and mannerisms flawlessly. Kavin is a thief who coddles in various monetary dealings with his sidekick Suruli, played effortlessly by Yogi Babu who adds that much needed pinch of humour. Ezhil is a civil engineer who is in the construction business, with hopes of settling down with his lover, Deepika.
The movie has an engrossing set of cleverly written events. The suspense factor is maintained till the very end, which is the movie’s biggest plus. The screenplay and editing are tight and sharp with zero loopholes. The sequencing of the scenes leading up to the end of the movie is pure genius. The cinematography is noteworthy and really sets the theme for the edgy vibe of the movie.
The female lead characters played by Tanya Hope and Smruthi Venkat make their presence felt, even if it were short-lived. The movie shows Sonia Agarwal playing a single mother who is addicted to gambling, and how this addiction eventually leads to her doom. Meera Krishnan plays a heartless con-woman who walks around with zero guilt after fooling people into giving her money.
The back-ground score is mediocre and could have been more thrill-inducing. The movie is definitely worth a watch for its abundance of thrilling moments, gripping screenplay and unpredictable ending.