“Thondan”… As expected, yet another sermon disguised as a movie

Posted on June 2, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thondan-movie-review

Some people believe they’ll go to heaven if they die with the lord’s name on their lips. Here’s another option. While waiting in line outside Chitragupta’s office, make sure you’re holding on to the ticket stubs from Samuthirakani’s films. Admission guaranteed.

I’m only half-joking, for Samuthirakani can be a fine actor (he really has presence), but as a filmmaker, he’s a Moses descended from the mountaintop with a set of screenplays in each hand. Thou shalt not this… Thou shalt not that… He seeks to administer virtue in the manner of an enema: one forceful message, all the vices are washed away. If only. His latest film, Thondan (Volunteer), begins with violence on the streets, in front of a statue of Gandhi. He’d call it irony. I call it fear of the next couple of hours.

Continued at the link above.

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