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Thadam is and engaging thriller that’s totally worth the watch if you choose to ignore certain little shortcomings.
Thadam is a much hyped thriller starring Arun Vijay in dual roles. The movie got in the spotlight with the trailer.
The promo video too kindled a different kind of suspense.
Thadam is essentially a whodunit thriller with ample suspense and twists. Arun Vijay sports dual roles in the movie as Ezhil and Kavin.
Ezhil has a construction business that goes pretty well and he is in love with a girl Deepika (Tanya Hope). He is a decent, classy guy.
Kavin, on the other hand, is a selfish guy. He is well educated, knows the loopholes of the system and is involved in petty crimes that he does cleanly.
A murder of a youngster occurs and based on the image on the deceased person’s phone, Ezhil lands in trouble. To make the situation worse, there is a cop who has a personal vengeance to settle with Ezhil and he is keen on gathering evidences against Ezhil so he can prove him guilty.
At the same time another cop arrests Kavin on a drunk and drive case. The police get shocked to see similar faces and now have no clue on who the original suspect is. But the police has little to no evidence in the case.
A junior cop Malarvizhi (Vidya Pradeep) takes up the case, but her efforts to gather any evidence for the progress of the case ends up in vain.
At one point, she gives up because she couldn’t gather any evidence. And both Ezhil and Kavin deny having committed the murder.
The movie has an interesting plot that is spiced up by the perfectly paced screenplay that takes off a little slowly.
Maghizh Thirumeni has spent majority of the first half in establishing the characterization of Ezhil and Kavin and also that of the supporting actors. But once the story starts to pick up, the pace is decent.
We have a less gripping backstory that involves Kavin’s mother Sonia Agarwal. Though we could accept that the backstory is crucial to the plot, the writing is diluted so we are unable to relate to it.
Apart from that, Thadam keeps you highly engaged throughout with sweet twists and turns as perfectly as needed for a whodunit thriller, with a riveting climax.
Arun Vijay has delivered his very best in the movie. His physique and body language are apt and suit both the characters giving each of those characters the necessary punch.
Even though Ezhil and Kavin are lookalikes, the director and Arun Vijay have made clear efforts to personalize those characters strongly.
The women characters in the movie don’t perform as much to make an impact. Sonia delivers a decent performance in the creepy backstory.
Cinematography by DOP Gopinath wonderfully compromises the pace and mood of the movie and in fact, uplifts and enhances the mood and suspense factor of the movie.
Overall, Thadam is and engaging thriller that’s totally worth the watch if you choose to ignore certain little shortcomings.