“Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum”… A superbly written and acted drama that keeps you guessing constantly

Posted on July 3, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thondimuthalum-driksakshiyum-movie-review

Pay attention to the first few frames of a Dileesh Pothan movie: there’s a nutshell of the story-to-come. Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Mahesh’s Revenge), Pothan’s first film, opens with an image of rubber slippers being scrubbed thoroughly. It isn’t until interval point that we realise what this footwear will come to signify.

The opening frames of Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (The Exhibits and the Eye Witness) are less cryptic. They’re from a stage play, a love story between characters named Sreedevi and Devettan. He says: “I have got a job. I will now ask for your hand.” The similarly named Sreeja (Nimisha Sajayan, who’s marvellously real, right down to her unshaped eyebrows) will soon find herself in a similarly fraught situation, after she falls for Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu). He will tell her, “I will marry you.”

Is it too soon to be anointing a two-film-old filmmaker an auteur? Perhaps. But there is certainly a sense of a vision that makes scripts from two different writers (Syam Pushkaran wrote the earlier film, Sajeev Pazhoor this one) seem part of a continuum.

Continued at the link above.

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