George Kora & Sam Xavier’s ‘Thirike’, is a heartwarming story about brothers, but it needed a little more gravity, a little less sugar-dusting

Posted on June 8, 2021


Spoilers ahead…


Thirike is the story of two brothers Thomas (George Kora) and Ismu, played by TikTok star Gopi Krishnan who has Down’s syndrome. Gopi Krishnan is the film’s rockstar. His performance is so endearing, real and without self-pity that he’s a natural film star. You, too, want to give him a big hug that Thomas wants to give him in the film.

George Kora co-wrote Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela and also wrote and directed the short film Last Day Of Summer. There was a definite voice in the two films. One of them was about a mother with cancer and the other was about the distance between a father and a son, both physical and emotional. Both the films treated the issues with a lightness, though. Instead of weeping you are smiling through a mist of tears. This is George Kora’s voice where he takes extraordinary situations and looks at them in refreshingly ordinary ways. 

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