Thanneermathan Dinangal Malayalam Movie Review
Debutant director Gireesh. A.D showcases a strikingly impressive temperament in handling a trite theme that has all the trappings of a teenage romance drama. It's a delicate plot traversing the familiar routes with a different flavour. A cliched content is given a refreshing treatment in "Thanneermathan Dinangal", which focuses on the school life of Class 12 students.
The beauty lies in the timing of its conclusion that triggers one's imagination to go wild. The conflict zone is weak; still, it's delightful to the core mainly due to impressive performances. 'Thanneermathan Dinangal' sets the platform for a string of newcomers to unleash their mettle in acting, and their realistic performances apparently work out as the cornerstone of the movie. The ripostes and chattering of students are quite natural in the seemingly trivial milieu.
Mathew Thomas plays the lead character Jaison, who is not good in his studies. A good cricket player in school, Jaison feels a crush on his classmate Keerthi (Anaswara Rajan) but he becomes depressed when his love is not reciprocated. The infatuation among the teenagers is handled effectively in the movie sans any familiar dramatic moments. Writers Girish A. D and Dinoy Poulose shun the usual pattern of teenage love story and the screenplay is elegantly transformed into an appealing narrative by Girish.
It's interesting to watch Vineeth Srinivasan as Malayalam teacher Ravi Padmanabhan, a character that has been formed with satiric elements. Jaison gets irritated when new teacher Ravi Padmanabhan never fails to miss an opportunity to ridicule him. He also hates the teacher as his efforts to interact with Keerthi are sullied by Ravi.
Mathew Thomas of 'Kumbalangi Nights' fame extends the same passion here too through a dedicated performance. The follies and puerile acts of a typical teen, who is in the world of infatuation, are emphatically conveyed by him. The expressions of Anaswara Rajan, who made her presence felt in 'Udaharanam Sujatha', evoke notable originality as she portrays Keerthy. The school premise is delightful but students clad in cricket pads playing with tennis ball is a silly concept. The tale mainly sticks to the issues in school, preventing a better conflict from entering into the plot.
The spark of grave situations is intelligently snuffed out to sustain the pleasant mood, and the approach stands close to the theme it discusses. Jomon. T. John, who is also one of the producers, along with Vinod Illampally lends apt frames with the right touch of aesthetic sense. Shameer Muhammed deftly arranges the shots to give the effect of tight trimming in the editing department.
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