Rathish Ambat’s ‘Theerppu’, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, is a genre thriller that drowns under its ideology

Posted on August 26, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The film is so overstuffed with symbolism that the main narrative feels like an afterthought retrofitted into an ideological template.

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In quite a few ways, Theerpu, the new film by director Rathish Ambat and writer Muraly Gopy, feels like a sequel in spirit to their earlier work, Kammara Sambhavam. For one, there’s the overall feel of wanting to stretch the limits of the material. Kammara Sambhavam was a meta-masala movie, where a real-life character who is thought to be evil (like MN Nambiar) is deified on screen as a god (like MGR). The subtext was about how history is nothing but a series of lies that become the “truth” over a period of time. The first half of the film was the actual history of the protagonist. The second half, where his life is made into a movie, is the lie that becomes history over time – because people die but movies (and other records) live forever. Theerpu is more of a genre movie: a home-invasion thriller. But again, the limits are stretched. It is also a revenge drama. (And like Kammara Sambhavam, it takes a really long time to get to the point.)

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