Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty, directed by TK Rajeev Kumar has Nithya Menon, Swetha Menon, Unni Mukundan and Siddique play the lead role. Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty is a contemporary take on reality shows. People who are addicted to reality shows (especially Hindi show audience) like Bigg Boss and UTV Bindass' Khan Sisters will be able to relate best to this craze of reality shows.
The concept of weaving a plot around a reality show is a brilliant idea. However, it is very important that the script is extremely engaging with crisp editing and outstanding performance. However, director TK Rajeev Kumar lets you down tremendously. Moreover, the film could have been made shorter by at least 15-20 minutes. Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty gets extremely monotonous, especially in the second half. You are then waiting for the movie to just get over!
What's most ridiculous is that the NRI couple watching the show with a glass of wine, a group of friends who have come shopping and a guy exercising on treadmill is shown doing the same for one whole month!
Screenplay by Sunny Joseph and Manuel George are amateur, whereas visuals by Vinod Ellampilly and music by Sharath is strictly okay.
An innocent girl, hailing from a modest background named Manjula Ayyappan (Nithya Menon) is the first contestant to participate in a live TV reality show named Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty. Sareena (Swetha Menon) is the brain behind this concept, while Ravi Kumar (Siddique) heads the channel. Thomas (Baburaj) is Sareena’s rival here.
Cameras keep following Manjula wherever she goes for a month and people get glued to their TV sets. Sareena is the only one with some conscience, while the head of the channel and other staff are ready to do anything to increase the TRP of the show.
Nithya Menon is truly a directors' actress! Though Nithya is capable of giving an outstanding performance, a lot depends on how the director moulds her. Swetha Menon, as usual is impeccable. All the other stars in the film have given an average performance. Overall, Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty is a very plain fare!
Cast: Nithya Menon, Swetha Menon, Unni Mukundan, Siddique
Director: TK Rajeev Kumar