Tharangam Review: An unique attempt with a lot of fresh elements
Tovino Thomas’ latest outing Tharangam is a crime-comedy with some interesting fantasy elements in it. Actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films is making their entry to Mollywood with this movie. With some impressive promos and songs, Tharangam managed to grab the audience attention before it’s release. Read further to know more about how the movie has turned out to be:
The core plot of Tharangam is centred around two policemen- Padmanabhan (Tovino Thomas) and Joy (Balu Varghese). These two naïve policemen take part in an unauthorized mission, upon the instruction of their superior, to track down a gang of smugglers. Unfortunately, a police officer gets killed which results in the suspension of Pappan and Joy from the force. Rest of the story evolves as they get involved in a series of events which finally lands them in a chaotic culmination.
As a director, debutant Dominic Arun has managed to stamp an uniqueness throughout the film. After a very interesting first half, the movie loses pace in the latter and hence has an inconsistent nature. The usage of dark comedy and fantasy elements are commendable. The movie has a whole lot of characters who are connected to each other in some way or the other.
Dominic and his co-writer Anil Narayanan have done a good job with the screenplay but one clearly feels the lack of clarity in the proceedings. The series of events are laced in such a way that it demands the viewers attention and ends up as an engaging watch through most part of its run time. In a recent interview with us, the director had said that he was inspired from Priyadarshan and Siddique-Lal movies and we can clearly see that in the way certain sequences are staged in Tharangam.
Performance wise Tovino Thomas, Balu Varghese and the two female leads-Santhy Balachandran & Neha Iyer-have played their parts well. Tovino Thomas once again brings his comic side with a charming performance. Neha Iyer was superb as the bold and commanding Omana Varghese; special mention to the dubbing artist also. The dusky beauty Santhy had very few scenes to show her acting skills, but she managed to justify her casting even with the limited screen time. Tharangam boasts of an elaborate supporting cast which includes actors like Manoj K Jayan, Dileesh Pothan, Saiju Kurup, Vijayaraghavan, Shammy Thilakan, Sijoy Varghese and a host of other newcomers.
Most of the technicians in Tharangam are youngsters and that freshness is there to be seen. Deepak D Menon’s cinematography and the colour patterns was highly impressive, so was Ashwin Renju’s funky music.
With an unique style of treatment and good performances, Tharangam is a commendable effort coming from a team of youngsters.