Actor Arun Vijay is one of the several unsung heroes of Kollywood. Even with loads of talent and a star kid label he was not able to create the influx at the box office for over a couple of decades. It all changed when director Magizh Thirumeni gave his first hit 'Thadaiyara Thaakka' in 2012 - an action thriller that was a sleeper hit. So the hero-director combo is back with another thriller, 'Thadam.'
'Thadam' explores the legal loophole in our system that aides the innocent even if the guilty go unpunished. The movie is a story of twin brothers who get tangled in a murder. The cops rack their brains to solve the crime. The movie was packed with some decent twists and turns, and consequently, the director managed to grip the audience to an extent.
The movie works to a large extent due to Arun Vijay's performance and a racy screenplay. Playing a dual role (as Ezhil and Kavin), Arun Vijay with his subtle mannerisms pulls off the nuances and adds a fine layer of difference between both the characters. Though the movie has an urbane appeal, the screenplay was pretty decent to an extent, though with some loose ends.
Tanya Hope and Smruti Venkat as female leads had nothing much to perform but delivered the best they could. Tanya, however, gets a meatier and classy characterization. Also, Vidya Pradeep as the female cop Malarvizhi was a character that initially appeared to be miscast, but slowly she came across as convincing.
The screenplay as mentioned before had some loose ends and questionable knots that were unconvincing. One could guess the real killer and the reason behind it well before the revelation if one were to keep pace with the screenplay and its inconsistencies. That was quite a let down from the director. Also, the flashback with an uninspiring Sonia Agarwal was not convincing.
Music director Arun Raj has delivered a brilliant background score and a soothing melody. Technicalities were on par with any modern day mainstream commercial masala with nothing much to complain.
Also, another gripe is that Magizh Thirumeni has developed a pattern with his screenplay and storyline. Many parallels could be drawn with his earlier 'Thadaiyara Thaakka' and "Thadam" - be it the loan sharks going after their victims who don't pay their dues or the villain committing rape or the knot that leaves everyone guessing about the real killer. The tropes are too coincidental to ignore. However, as long as the screenplay ticks and the performances are laudable, there would be little reasons to complain.
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