Thamasha Malayalam Movie Review
Writer-director Ashraf Hamza holds a mirror called 'Thamasha' that reflects our social musings about outward appearance and beauty norms. Through a simple and delicate tale, the director makes a delightful attempt to redefine the social outlook regarding the concept of physical beauty. The writer in him also touches the social media realm to relate the bad practice of body shaming.
'Thamasha' focuses on the life of 30-year-old college professor Sreenivasan (Vinay Forrt), who has inferiority due to his bald head. A desperate bachelor to get married, Sreenivasan finds it difficult to get favourable proposals as the most girls he sees declines them owing to his baldness. At college, Sreenivasan receives advice from an office staff, Rahim (Navas Vallikkunnu), in finding his right partner.
As he often becomes a laughing stock at college due to his inferiority, Rahim suggests to him to propose Sreenivasan's colleague Babitha teacher (Divya Prabha). He also gives Sreenivasan ideas on how to win the heart of Babitha. Sreenivasan is an introvert in nature and he pins his hopes on Safia (Grace Antony), whom he meets accidentally. Once, Sreenivasan meets Chinnu as part of a proposal given by a broker. Since Chinnu is stout and chubby, Sreenivasan lands in a dilemma about his marriage.
Sreenivasan is not just a person instead he represents the outlook of myriad people regarding physical appearance. The hilarious moments arise from the trivial incidents in the life of the protagonist is enough to sustain a smile on your face even as he undergoes immense mental conflict. Vinay Forrt exudes his real smartness in convincingly portraying the hero and he never shows signs of hiccups throughout his performance. His simplicity and screen presence elevate the tender tale to attaining its intention successfully.
Vinay Forrt passionately portrays the pangs and disappointments of a desperate bachelor. Despite bragging a simple and tender theme, 'Thamasha' has enough moments to ramp up the vital effect. Even as the sincere attempt by Ashraf Hamza saves 'Thamasha' from being a run-of-the-mill conventional family drama, lack of punch is evident in certain areas in the latter half. Sameer Thahir, who handles cinematography, also deserves accolades for his notable frames.
It takes a potshot at the rampant body shaming tendency on social media and the victim's stance permeates as the voice of many. 'Thamasha' hardly stands for fun but it urges for mending the outlook.
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