Thoovanam

Thoovanam is a movie which does not have any item number, separate comedy track, fight sequences or punch dialogues. What starts off as yet another love story, surprised me in the second half. Actually I am finding it quite tough to review the movie without revealing the plot. It is not a suspense movie, but the second half and climax is something that I least expected. These are my views.

1. The story line and screenplay. Not to take away any credit from Aaditya or Nethra, but this movie would have worked if there had been any hero or heroine. That shows how much weightage the script has over the movie.
2. Believable. The movie is very believable and realistic. How many people in real life can forego their ego? Is love bigger or ego bigger?
3. Picturisation of songs. Especially ‘Ededho Maatramadi’. And the Thoovanam title track that has been used all through the movie.
4. Casting. Some people had commented earlier about Aditya and is he good enough to be a hero. He suits the role perfectly. Actually he is not a hero. He is the lead character, and we get to know what happens in his life. He is not a CBI officer under the disguise of a road side romeo, nor is he a punch dialogue paramasivam. Girls dont run after him, he doesn’t beat 5 people in mid air. He is just anybody. He has really lived that role. Not to forget about Nethra, who has done a wonderful job. Especially with her eyes 😉
5. Cinematography by Madhu Ambaat 🙂
6. Subtle things, like change in body language, all through the movie. For instance I was surprised at Aditya’s portrayal of emotions in the second half. Suddenly you realise why is he doing, what he is doing. Once you think back, right from the end of first half you realise that the signs were all there. Nice 🙂 Hats off to the director.
7. Length of the movie. Just right. Less than 2.5 hours
8. Climax.

Some things I felt could have been better

1. I didn’t find Banuchandar’s role interesting
2. A bit slow first half. Maybe that was deliberate, to make the second half more dramatic?
3. Make up. Especially for Aditya. The moustache didn’t suit him and one can easily make out that it was artificial.
4. The title card. It was nice and interesting till Karthik keeps talking. But all of a sudden it switches to the film roll kind of thing. It was bit distracting.
5. Certain places I felt dialogues could have been more powerful.

Having said that, I feel it is a good movie which must be encouraged. We(Atleast I) look forward to movies that surprise the viewer, and does not take them for granted. I really enjoyed watching the movie, and hope directors Haricharan and Newton come up with many more movies like this.

By the way I never knew one can review(with spoilers) the movie by just watching the poster and trailers, like what this guy has done. This movie is being featured in Jaya TV on thursday, and in Madan’s thiraiparvai on Sunday. Check it out.

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  2. Hi Ferrari,

    Why have you been trying to promote Thoovanam? From audio review to preview, and now review. Is someone connected to the film close to you?

    And by the way, though I haven’t seen the film, your review kind of belies your desperation to say something nice about the movie. A good (or rather an ideal) review is one that talks of the film for what it is, and in general does not compare it with other movies of different genre.

    You have brought in the idea of mindless movies here, and that is a more than a giveaway. Just because this movie is not an all-out (idiotic) masala, it should not be showered with adjectives. Praise for a movie should be for what it is and not for what it is not.

    Most reviewers make this mistake. Mozhi was a classic example (I saw the movie and liked it immensely). But the point is, the reviews were almost panegyric simply because it came across as being clean and straight (implicit in the reviews was a strong statement on (against) the kind of movies that otherwise obtain in Tamil these days). Mozhi’s strength was its evolved and breezy humour rather than it being clean.

    Thoovanam may or may not be a good movie. But your review is straining for effect, which, needless to say, spoils whatever case you are trying to build for it.

    Thanks

    —Balaji

  3. mureli,
    Thanks 🙂

    Balaji,
    Thanks for your comment. Agree. Yes, I am trying to promote Thoovanam. I don’t think there is any need for me to hide the fact that am promoting the movie 😉

    And I just mentioned in one paragraph about the mindless movies. There are many factors which I really liked in the movie and have mentioned that. Maybe if you watch the movie you might agree 🙂

    I accept your criticism on the review. Maybe I should have worded it better. Will try to make it better, the next time 😉

  4. Just a suggestion… Replace the word review with promo effort, or something like that… cos a review is supposed to be neutral..

    Nothing wrong with doing a promo, .. Jus that it cannot qualify to be a review…

    A reviewer can appreciate a movie for the art and technique.. But, once you have admitted that this is a promotional effort, your appreciation doesn’t carry the weight that a reviewer’s does. Makes the word review a sham.

    Besides the spoiler alert, this piece also needs a disclaimer for the bias thrown in..

  5. Balaji,
    🙂

    Ssshhhhh,
    You have got mail 🙂 As I already mentioned to Balaji, I dont think I hid the fact anywhere that am promoting the movie. Or rather, trying to promote. I thought it was obvious.

    Next will you ask me to write in every fun post I make ‘I am trying to make you all laugh here’, ‘I am trying to be sarcastic here’ etc?

    Ippo ennangare? 😛

  6. Can we not waste time on a really stupid film here? I mean, c-mon, this is hardly a film to talk about! ‘satham podade’ and ‘marudamalai’ are the professional films. This film is anyway over and out by now, so drop it.

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  8. We watched this movie last night. It was much better than regular masala type movies. Good photography and and some nice songs and lyrics. Movie went unnoticed and became a flop because of the cast may be… with a known hero/heroine, the film would have been noticed by people. How many films like Marudhamalai have we seen? even with the same hero?

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