Satires do have a huge fan following among the Malayalam film audiences and we have had a good number films of this genre, which have turned out to be cult classics. Theevandi, the much-awaited Tovino Thomas starrer had promised to be a satire and has the film lived up to the expectations? Read our take on Theevandi to get the answer.
The story of Theevandi is set in an imaginary village called Pulinaadu. Bineesh is a youngster who is well-known for his smoking habit. Cigarette smoking has been an indispensable part of his life but there comes a situation wherein he is left to think about this habit. What happens later has been narrated in Theevandi.
Theevandi is one such neatly layered movie with lots of entertaining moments and a very important message to deliver. Being a satire, the film has stayed true to the genre and debut film-maker Fellini TP must be applauded for that. Due credits to the writer Vini Siswalal, who has etched an appropriate background for the film as well as the characters in the most convincing manner.
The film could have gone preachy but the director tactfully takes Theevandi through a route, which is convincing in most parts. Most of the proceedings have the backing of fine humour, which makes the film special. The way in which the angle of politics has been infused into the main storyline too is convincing. The movie has ample humour elements to offer and keeps you entertained, even while addressing the important message. For all those people, who have been eager to watch village based comedies, Theevandi will definitely come as a breath of fresh air. However, there are some predictable moments in the second half, which could have been dealt with care. Nevertheless, the film delivers its prospects in the final run.
Tovino Thomas is scaling newer heights with each movie. Here, he portrays a chain smoker named Bineesh and the different stages of his life, have been portrayed exceedingly well by the actor. He has brought in the required amount of charm to the boy next door kind of character. Samyuktha Menon, who plays the role of Devi, has come up with a good performance. Suraj Venjaramoodu once again makes an impact in a well-written role. Saiju Kurup has also delivered according to the requirements. It was refreshing to see actor Sudheesh in a new get-up and a different role.
Nothing much has to be said about the songs of the film, which are already huge hits. It was a pleasure to hear Jeevamshamayi on the big screens. Cinematography is good enough and so is the editing.
Theevandi does offer a pleasant journey for the audiences. It is a feel-good movie as well as an eye-opener.