The script of Thiruvambadi Thamban is extremely shaky, and that is the biggest flaw in the film. Padmakumar takes us aimlessly around the narrative, especially in the first one hour. It ultimately leaves the audience wondering what the director is trying to convey! After the turbulent one hour, suddenly the narrative changes and you start expecting some big changes. However, the film cannot hold on its own.
Thiruvambadi Thamban (Jayaram) hails from a family that have been supplying elephants for temple processions for years. To add some romance to the story, Jayaram is given company by Haripriya who plays a Brahmin girl in the film.
On the way back to Kerala from the Gajamela at Sonepur, Thiruvambadi Thamban (Jayaram) happens to confront Shaktivel (Kishore) in Tamil Nadu. Shaktivel is a cruel politician and landlord and the character of Jayaram fails to understand that he rules the place. Soon, in a fast tracked series of events, Shaktivel and his men go in search for Thamban and his people.
Thiruvambadi Thamban follows a never ending travail of son trying to save his father from an extremely dangerous enemy.
Jayaram playing the title role is good as usual. However, it is Kishore who stands out with his brilliant performance as the cruel and notorious Shaktivel. The cold stare and twisted eyebrows are enough to scare you! The role essayed by Jagathy Sreekumar is expectantly 'unconvincing'. Haripriya has done a good job. Unlike other Malayalam films, the heroine, Haripriya has a meaty role and does complete justice to her character.
Overall, Thiruvambadi Thamban is a one time watch. Watch it for Kishore!
Cast: Jayaram, Haripriya, Thambi Ramaiah, Kishore, Kalabhavan Mani, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sreekumar
Director: M Padmakumar
Produced by: Alexander John