Glitches Apart, this Detective Keeps One Fairly Engaged - The New Indian Express

Glitches Apart, this Detective Keeps One Fairly Engaged

Published: 03rd March 2014 06:29 PM

Last Updated: 03rd March 2014 06:29 PM

Short filmmakers in recent times have taken to the longer format, and been successful in smartly bridging the gap between offbeat and commercial cinema. The new entrant is Ramesh, a winner of the 'Naalaya Iyakunar' TV reality show. 'Thegidi' delves on a crime scene that is intriguing and untouched on Tamil screen. It has its glitches, but keeps one engaged for the most part.

The title card is imaginatively worked out. It opens on Vetri, a graduate in criminology, who gets a job at a detective agency. Assigned on shadow and surveillance jobs, he does them successfully. But breaking one of the mandatory rules of the game, he falls for Madhu, a subject he was shadowing. A series of accidental deaths involving his subjects makes Vetri suspect foul play.

The film's technical values are laudable. The cinematography (Dinesh Krishnan) and the background score (debutant Nivas Prasanna) complement the mood. Ashok Selvan as Vetri is more expressive here than he was in his earlier film (Pizza-2). Janani Iyer is likable as Madhu, though her role, which is crucial, could have been better fleshed out. The relatively unknown supporting cast like Pradeep Nair and Jayakumar lend credence to their roles. The lighter moments are provided by Kali as the hero's friend. Jayaprakash as the investigating cop essays his role with effortless ease.

Though the identity of the culprit is revealed midway, the mysterious kingpin, Vallabha, remains to be unmasked. The film is detailed about the particular crime and its modus operandi.

But it could have been worked out better in the second half. It's puzzling why Vetri doesn't reveal to Madhu the seriousness of the situation and the danger to her life. Also, the director opting for a matter-of-fact investigation of the crime, maintains a pace that is slow, albeit steady. Again, with not enough red herrings to distract, it's not difficult to guess the identity of the mastermind.

The climax is a let down, the final twist a contrived one. Taking just about two hours of viewing time, 'Thegidi' is a fairly engaging experience from a debutant maker.

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