Writer and journalist Agni Sridhar makes a stunning impact with his directorial
debut "Thamassu", an unusual film in a commercial format. It has a
contemporary theme and the narration is sure to touch your heart.
Looking at issues like growing religious intolerance and human rights, Sridhar has shown a lot of maturity in his work.
The filmmaker and his team should be complimented for highlighting the essence of human values and showcasing the dangers of communalism.
Sridhar`s efforts are backed up by great performances by lead actor Shivaraj Kumar and Harshitha Poonachcha, who plays a Muslim girl traumatised by her brother`s death.
Cameraman Sundaranath Suvarna`s frames capture the film`s mood very well. Another highlight is Sridhar`s hard hitting dialogues. He has used many flashbacks also in the film.
But the movie does have some minor flaws. Though the first half is narrated in a brisker pace, the second half has some dragging elements. And the climax sequence could have been stronger.
In the story, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shankar is a duty-bound officer, who goes to any length to punish the guilty. But his methods are not liked by his superiors and his wife, who is a doctor and a human rights activist.
Shankar is deputed for a tough assignment to control riots in Tannery Road in Bangalore where he is attacked by Hindu extremists and lands up in a Muslim family`s house.
Shankar soon learns that he had killed Imran, the son of the Muslim with whom he is taking shelter, in a shootout.
Overcome by guilt, Shankar later wants to know whether Imran was really a terrorist. Shocked to know that he was misled, he becomes very close to Imran`s family.
Shivaraj Kumar has given a brilliant performance and deserves accolades for accepting such a challenging role. Padmapriya has very little opportunity to showcase her talent, but gives her best nevertheless.
Harshitha is the pick of the lot and she can certainly be groomed into a good actress. Nasser has also given a touching performance.
Sandeep Chowta`s background score is interesting but the song compositions are just average. The song picturisations too could have been better.
"Thamassu" may not have universal appeal but it still is a must watch.