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Tovino Thomas’ Thallumaala On Netflix: What The Hype Is All About?

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oi-Vignesh Vijay KK

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Thallumaala

has
been
on
my
watchlist
for
quite
some
time,
and
it
was
trending
on
Netflix
this
weekend.
It
was
receiving
a
lot
of
praise
as
well,
and
I
decided
to
spend
my
Sunday
with
Tovino
Thomas
and
Kalyani
Priyadarshan.

For
a
film
titled
Ballad
of
Brawls,

Thallumaala

surely
has
some
amusing
action
sequences.
I
particularly
enjoyed
the
fight
sequence
that
happens
inside
a
theatre.

The
film
practically
tried
to
establish
that
brawling
is
an
activity
just
like
swimming,
or
cycling,
and
it
can
give
you
opportunities
to
meet
people,
socialize
and
develop
friendships
and
even
romantic
relationships.

Thallumaala

Although
an
unlikely
comparison,
I
was
able
to
notice
some
similarities
between

Thallumaala

and

Liger
.
Both
films
have
a
male
lead
who
picks
up
fights
more
frequently
than
an
Uber
driver
picks
up
passengers.
Both
have
a
female
lead
who
is
a
social
media
celebrity.
She
initially
has
a
face-off
with
the
male
lead,
and
then
later
gets
smitten
by
the
guy.

The
major
difference
between
the
two
films,
probably
the
factor
that
made

Thallumaalu

work,
was
that
Thallumaala
knew
what
it
was
doing
and
didn’t
try
to
pretend
to
be
something
else.
In
fact,
the
film
embraced
what
it
was
trying
to
do
and
indulged
in
it
fully,
risking
the
danger
of
disengaging
with
the
audience.
It
does
disengage
in
places,
but
one
is
able
to
understand
what
it’s
trying
to
do,
and
hence
it’s
easier
to
wait
for
the
film
to
move
on
from
these
moments,
even
if
they
don’t
exactly
hold
attention.

The
best
thing
about

Thallumaala

is
its
cinematography.
The
angles
and
lighting
are
pretty
and
innovative
and
the
visuals
easily
impressed
me.
Editing
compliments
the
cinematography
and
elevates
the
experimental
angles
through
attention-grabbing
transitions.
Jimshi
Khalid
is
the
cinematorgrapher
and
Nishad
Yusuf
is
the
editor.
The
next
best
thing
would
be
the
way
the
characters
are
written
and
performed.
The
film
has
been
written
by
Muhsin
Parari,
and
Ashraf
Hamza.

Thallumaala

has
been
directed
by
Khalid
Rahman.

Wazim,
played
by
Tovino
Thomas,
is
the
son
of
a
theatre
owner,
and
his
hobby
is
getting
into
random
fights.
It’s
very
easy
to
trigger
him
into
throwing
a
punch
because
honestly,
it
looks
like
he
is
scouting
for
opportunities
to
do
so.
Tovino
manages
to
keep
you
interested
in
him
irrespective
of
what
is
happening
with
Wazim.
Jamshi,
played
by
Lukman
Avaran,
is
another
well-written
and
well
performed
character.
His
equation
with
Wazim
has
worked
very
well.

Thallumaala

Fathima,
played
by
Kalyani
Priyadarshan,
is
a
rich
vlogger
who
is
almost
as
brash
as
Wazim,
but
a
bit
more
civilized
and
non-violent.
She
falls
for
the
polarity
of
Wazim’s
nature.
He
is
childlike
and
charming
one
moment
and
aggressive
and
violent
the
next.
His
enthusiasm
eventually
grows
on
her,
which
she
initially
finds
off-putting.
Kalyani
has
something
about
her
that
makes
her
presence
delightful.
The
way
she
makes
every
character
she
plays
an
instant
attraction
is
unbelievable.

The
background
score
was
catchy
and
it
reminded
me
of
the
song
Ud-daa
Punjab,
from

Udta
Punjab
.
Thallumaala
pays
homage
to
a
couple
of
Tamil
movies
that
were
released
a
few
years
back.
It’s
always
endearing
to
see
the
kind
of
love
that
the
Tamil
film
industry
gets
from
Kerala.

If
you
are
older
than
thirty
or
even
approaching
it,
chances
are
you
might
feel
a
bit
old
watching

Thallumaala
.
The
experience
was
engaging
for
sure,
but
it
felt
less
like
a
film,
and
more
like
scrolling
through
content
on
an
Instagram
page
run
by
a
group
of
people,
sharing
moments
from
their
life.
It’s
a
compliment
to
the
makers,
as
the
film
appears
to
accomplish
just
that,
in
my
opinion.
It’s
a
new
wave
film
trying
to
tell
a
story
in
a
fresh
template.

Story first published: Monday, September 26, 2022, 11:45 [IST]

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