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Thiruchitrambalam Movie Review : Dhanush, Nithya Menen shine in a heartwarming drama
Thiruchitrambalam Movie Review: With #Thiruchitrambalam, Mithran Jawahar delivers a sweet-natured drama in which he plays with familiar tropes, but presents them with just the right amount of freshness to keep us invested and eventually leave with a smile. In Dhanush and Nithya Menen, the director has two actors who effortlessly turn their characters endearing to us.
The story revolves around Thiruchitrambalam (Dhanush) aka Pazham, a food delivery guy, and his relationships. There is his grandfather Thiruchitrambalam (Bharathirajaa), who is the father figure in his life, given that his father Neelankandan (Prakash Raj), a cop, and he are barely on speaking terms. There is Anusha (Raashi Khanna), his childhood crush, who walks into his life after years and makes his heart flutter. And then, there is Shobana (Nithya Menen), his neighbour and childhood friend, who is his one source of comfort.
The equations that these characters have with each other aren’t exactly new. We have the grandfather as the buddy trope in the relationship between the two Pazhams; the rough-and-tough father with a soft side in Neelankandan; the rich and fair dream girl in Anusha; the girl who could be much more than just a ‘friend’ in Shobana. We know how all these arcs are going to end eventually, but Mithran Jawahar ensures that the scenes have enough freshness so that they don’t come across as clichés. One of the tricks that he employs is self-awareness, which he uses to stop scenes from becoming mawkish, and inject humour. He then lets the actors do the rest. One of the chief pleasures this film offers us is watching these actors take what are essentially familiar character types and infuse them with flesh and blood through their performances. This is why we are always invested in Pazham’s life.
There are hardly any false notes. Even the airport climax gets a modern spin that makes it agreeable. But the detour to the protagonist’s village doesn’t really lend anything extra to the story. We get a few more characters who are also nice people, and that’s just it. But he makes up for it with the heartwarming climax.