Thimiru Pudichavan: A Sub-Par Story Led By Amateur Execution That Is Doused In Superficial Sentiments
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Once upon a time, films like Salim, Pitchaikaaran, and Naan won Vijay Anthony a reputation for backing great content. This reputation brought along a sea of ardent followers who seem to have been disappointed by the actor’s recent detour towards cliched conventional entertainment. Thimiru Pudichavan is one more below average addition to Vijay’s line of silly, massified tales that test your patience by stringing you along for a truly underwhelming ride. From an overdose of sentiments to a plethora of infuriating hero worship sequences, this film is bound to leave you feeling exasperated.
Thimiru Pudichavan is a conventional cat and mouse chase between a cop, Murugavel (Vijay Anthony) and the goon, Padma (Sai Deena). Murugavel is an earnest and quick-tempered cop from Virudhunagar who on a transfer to Chennai makes shocking discoveries about his under-age brother being recruited to work for Padma, a ruthless goon. Unforeseeable circumstances render his brother dead and henceforth, Murugavel is determined to catch Padma and bring down his reign, freeing many under-age workers from his dangerous clutches.
From the very beginning, one can’t help but detect a strong sense of desperation that extends throughout the film. It is as though director Ganesha, along with his cast and crew seems to be trying too hard to please the audience. This desperation works against the film’s ideas and creates many a discrepancy in the film’s screenplay rhythm. In a disorderly fashion, Thimiru Pudichavan jumps from family sentiments to action and then comedy, leaving you truly confused at its intentions.
For one, the film’s narrative seems to be overstuffed with hero glorification scenes. Not only does Vijay Anthony get a typical mass hero introduction scene but this is followed by an endless array of conventional scenes that have been used in Tamil Cinema to build heroes up, for eons. You can’t help but expect much more tact from the film’s makers. How can they have not known that Vijay Anthony has miles to go before he can achieve the screen presence required to back such ‘mass’ scenes. Maybe the fact that he isn’t there yet can be directed towards films where content is the king as opposed to the films that merely rely on its heroes.
In Thimiru Pudichavan, comedy is unfunny and the serious scenes are unbearably funny. Picture this, when Murugavel realizes that he has low blood pressure, he sticks his hands inside the waves of the sea, expecting the currents to normalize his BP. When you witness this, you can’t tell what’s funnier, the fact that this actually normalizes his BP in the film or the justification that he is the reincarnation of Lord Muruga. I mean, can it really get sillier than this?
The first half, even though quite predictable is at least bearable. The second half, on the other hand, seems to drag on endlessly. The film tries to introduce suspense in multiple scenes and this suspense is broken just minutes after it settles in, completely defeating the purpose of its existence.
As Murugavel, Vijay Anthony seems to have put in the effort to physically look his part. But his acting skills continue to appear questionable. With a stern facial stance that bearly exhibits any emotions, he goes on to deliver a below average performance. As Padma, Sai Deena plays the quintessential villain; nothing more and nothing less. Nivetha Pethuraj is the only faint glimmer of hope in the film. Her screen presence is good and her role is slightly acceptable. Many of the actors who play minors in this film end up overacting.
Technically too, the film is quite average. The music, for instance, is jarring and forgettable as expected. The cinematography fits the bill but there isn’t anything unique about the visuals that deserve a mention. The editing is quite choppy. It prolongs many sequences that should’ve been cut short. The stunt choreography in the film is too over-the-top and completely lacks the charm to keep the audiences engaged.
On the whole, Thimiru Pudichavan is a sub-par cat and mouse chase that is made worse by amateur execution and superficial sentiments. By all means, sit this one out.