Communal clashes between Hindu and Muslim communities are growing in number day by day and the line of division is becoming thicker everyday due to the political interest in India. But at the core, both Muslims and Hindus transcend all the barriers and their relationship grow beyond their respective religions. This is what social activist-cum-journalist Agni Shridhar has tried to depict precisely in directorial debut venture Thamassu (Tamassu) and no other filmmaker in Kannada film industry has treated the transformation theame with so much of deep insight as he does in the film. Hats off to the debut director.
The highlights of movie Thamassu are Shivaraj Kumar's wonderful performance, Sandeep Chowta's music and Ramya and Agni Shidhar's lyrics, Sundarnath Suvarna's camera work, Shidhar's script and preachy dialogues. As for the weakness of the film, the movie does not have comedy element and the screenplay seems too much preachy and a lecture on communal clash and its aftermath.
Thamassu is a journey from violence to humanism. It is a realistic picture of the incidents that happened a few years ago. It has beautiful message to the youths that the Human affection in the path of the intense violence can change a brute into a beautiful man. Agni Sreedhar has weaved the story marvelously, touching upon issues of state sponsored religious riots, terrorism and the purity of human relationships. The hero wants to silence the violence with counter violence, but his wife's opposition to violence and Amrin's plight makes him quit the violence and take the way of non-violence to curb terrorists.