- Viacom18 Studios, Suraj Sadanah
- Karthi, Jyothika , Sathyaraj, Nikhila Vimal, Anson Paul, Bala, Bala Singh, Nedumudi Venu, Mahanadi Shankar, Ilavarasu, Ammu Abhirami, Sowcar Janaki, Seetha Ashwanth, Ashokkumar, Ramesh Thilak
- Jeethu Joseph
- Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Suraj Sadanah
- Govind Vasantha
“Thambi” is a mixture of thriller and family drama directed by Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph who in back in Tamil cinema after “Dhrishyam/Papanasam” which received a massive appreciation and love from people around the world. “Thambi” follows a similar pattern, filled with brilliant twists which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
Gnanamoorthy (Sathyaraj) is the local MLA, whose son Saravanan had been missing for 15 years and the family is optimistic about finding him. That’s when with the help of the police, the son is found who happens to be a conman Vicky (Karthi) from Goa who had mastered the art of deceiving. But then the question arises if he really is the long lost son?
Vicky’s new identity is welcomed by his mother (Seetha) his childhood girlfriend (Nikhila Vimal) and the people around however is greatly disapproved by Saravanan’s sister Parvati (Jyothika). When Vicky finally wins her approval, in the meantime he faces series of life threats which raises the following questions which the film is based on: who is trying to kill Saravanan and why?, what really happened to Saravanan 15 years back?. The plot contains multiple-motives that are used to confuse the audience. This leaves them guessing till the end as the mystery unfolds slowing leading to the grand climax.
Karthi’s performance is great strength to the film which is beyond doubt, the initial parts of his role might remind the viewers of Rocket-raja (Siruthai). After Karthi, it’s Sathyarai who steals the show with his outstanding performance, doing justice to his role by remaining unpredictable. Jyothika’s performance is quite impressive in playing a mature sister role who is mostly stiff. The rest of the actors including Nikhila Vimal, Sowcar Janaki, Master Ashwanth, Anson Paul and Illavarasu have also played their roles competently.
But despite the remarkable performance and a well-written script, “Thambi” has a few shortcomings as it doesn’t level up to the cinematic experience offered in Dhrishyam/Papanasam. Mainly due to it’s slow moving narration at the beginning and because Jeethu Joseph has fell short in creating a perfectly balanced combination of logistical and emotional storyline, therefore though the plot is based on sister-brother bonding, we see very limited emotional moments.
The cinematographer, RD Rajasekar has beautifully captured the Ooty landscape filled with Lakes and calm surroundings around the Hills which sets the right mood for thriller genre. Govind Vasantha has outshined is his background music which elevates the sense of suspense and boosts the thrills compared to the songs which are just alright.
Verdict: Suspense Thriller with intriguingly blend twists which will keep you engrossed.