Theevram Review

'Theevram' starts off quite promisingly, with a couple of murders rocking the city, and the police officer Alexander (Sreenivasan) smelling out the culprit real fast. Meanwhile Harsha (Dulquer Salman), a musician by day and a murderer by night gets busy pulling off the nails and teeth off his victim, before chopping the body into pieces and scattering them all over the place!
'Theevram' by Roopesh Peethambaran is as the title suggests, an extremely intense movie. The first half creates a suspicious mood with an auto driver, Raghavan always following a woman, Nimmy. Events lead to the disappearance of the auto driver. It is shown that he is kidnapped by Harshvardhan, Dulquer. The part before interval is layered with half said words and hidden clues that heightens the suspense.

Dulquer is presented to the audience as fitting star, evoking applause. The kidnap is investigated by Alexander Kurien(Sreenivasan) and his assistant, Ramachandran. Sreenivasan comes across as an intelligent police officer who hides behind a mask of timidity and slothfulness. The second half explains the reason for the kidnap and the murder through a flashback. The flashback presents Maya, (Shikha Nair) as Dulquer's lover. The hidden conspiracy of the first part comes to light. The film questions judiciary and justice. The wounded heart becomes the centre of the plot. There is raw feel to the movie with lots of flesh and blood shown.
The performance of the cast varied according to the scope and length of the character. Dulquer, Vishnu Raghav, Vinay Forrt and Sreenivasan gave commendable performances. The music by Roby Abraham produced nothing much to write about. Cinematography was more or less mediocore. There were three surprise guest appearances too that was the highlight of the second part. Aashiq Abu, Martin Prakat and Unni Mukundan briefly appears. 

While watching Dulquer in action, how could one not think of GK, the man from Joshi's 'New Delhi', who has been wronged real bad, and who is out for vengeance? Comparisons are ridiculous of course, but the sparks are definitely there.

And it's just not Dulquer, but Anu Mohan, Vishnu Raghav and Riya Saira have performed remarkable well. After a very long while, we get to see Sreenivasan in an interesting role (which is reminiscent of the role that he himself played long back in 'Aanavaal Mothiram'). Vinay Fort is deliciously first-rate, as ever. Hari Nair's cinematography and Roby Abraham's musical score add to the frostiness in the air, while the grey tone that is maintained throughout, lets the smell of death hover all over. 

And I should say this. There is no doubt that 'Theevram' could have been much, much better, but it does mark the entry of a very promising director. Roopesh does have the reins of the cinematic horse in his hands right till the half point, and he does a real good job of it. It's unfortunate that he lets it slip away later, but I'm sure he's bound to be back with a bang. 

2.3 stars
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