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Action on solid ground - Thimiru



RACY RIGHT THROUGH: Thimiru

Genre: Action
Director: Tarun Gopi
Cast: Vishal, Reema Sen, Shreya Reddy
Storyline: The hero gets involved in a fracas and his life turns topsy-turvy.
Bottomline: The makings of a winner!

Sans hype or hoopla here's a young hero who is steadily climbing the ladder of success. G.K. Film Corporation's `Thimiru' (U) is Vishal's third film, and has the potential of making it to the winning post, very much like his two previous releases. Debuting with `Thimiru' is writer-director Tarun Gopi who has worked hard to keep the narration racy and suspenseful. It's action all right but one backed by strong characters and a stronger storyline.

The slightly self-conscious young man of `Chellamae' blossoms into a redoubtable hero in `Thimiru.' It's a solid role for Vishal, bolstered by Gopi's commendable narrative skill. With a calm, composed exterior that brooks no injustice Vishal comes out with a creditable show. His preachy dialogue in the climax is an aberration, which Gopi could have done without. The glamour quotient (Reema Sen) is on expected lines.

Gopi has introduced a few actors and re-found some — the otherwise hip Shreya Reddy is one. After an insipid opening in `Samurai' and noteworthy show in a couple of Malayalam and Telugu assignments, Shreya Reddy returns to make mincemeat of her part of a town girl in `Thimiru.' As Easwari, she impresses with her hauteur, insolence and loudness.

How it goes

Ganesh (Vishal), a medical college student, unwittingly locks horns with the sister (Shreya Reddy) of notorious underworld dons, (Manoj K. Jayan and Kerala Jayan). He tries to din into them that he's not interested in duels and bloodshed, but they will not let him be.

Vishal's passive demeanour reminds you of the early sequences in `Sandakkozhi.' The oozing droplets of blood from the sutures on Vishal's forehead is a gory sight. Obscene overtones in certain comedy sequences are exasperating and the practice of comedians getting beaten up in the name of humour (It began with Goundamani and Senthil.) is still going on without respite. In `Thimiru' it gains more momentum with Vadivelu, but fails to tickle your funny bone. Gangai Amaran's `Oppuranae ... ' strains are enjoyable, while Pa. Vijay's lyric, `Money Money,' is subtle and intelligent. Yuvan is the composer — you see dad Ilaiyaraja's influence in the `Rabba Rabba' number.

Priyan's camera unobtrusively captures the town's narrow streets, and lighting is a highlight in the song sequence with Shreya Reddy. It is not clear whether the ruthless Easwari's feeling for the hero is fascination, venom or vendetta. And you almost feel sorry for Kiran, who appears in just a song sequence.

Gopi's made a good start with Vishal surging ahead in the third round. As the film opens you realise that it's a villain-bashing exercise again, and your initial reaction is, "Please! There's a glut of it already!" But Gopi's packaging and treatment make `Thimiru' engaging.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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