Theethum Nandrum Movie Review
Theethum Nandrum eventually turns out to be a watchable affair despite the familiar premise, seen before elements & slightly generous runtime.
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
Theethum Nandrum is a small-budgeted movie which has been in the making for almost 4 years. It finally released in theaters today. The film has been written, directed and edited by Rasu Ranjith, who also plays one of the lead roles. Theethum Nandrum is a gangster flick in a North Madras milieu and is centred on the friendship between two young men, Siva (Rasu) and Dass (played by Eesan); there’s a third key member in their little gang too – Maaran (played by Sandeep Raj).
Being a gangster flick, we get well-executed scenes of crime action and also gang war moments between two rival factions. The film’s opening sequence and the extended, tense interval block sequence are definite highlights and serve as examples of Rasu Ranjith’s craft.
He has extracted decent performances from all the cast members; all of them are fresh and inexperienced. The film does have traces of director Vishnuvardhan’s acclaimed 2006 gangster flick Pattiyal due to the similar milieu, genre and nature of the lead characters.
The two male leads also have their love interests. Theethum Nandrum was supposed to be the maiden Tamil film of both Aparna Balamurali and Lijomol Jose; the two have since gone on to do well-received films in Tamil. Aparna acquits herself well as a performer again. After Soorarai Pottru, the expectations from her are high and she doesn’t disappoint. She plays a young wife whose life is rocked by her gangster husband’s criminal activities. Lijomol’s scenes are quite breezy and commercially treated by Rasu, who plays her love interest.
Composer C.Sathya’s work adds value to the film in terms of both songs and background score. Sathya is an underrated musician who deserves more on his plate.
Theethum Nandrum could’ve left a greater impact with a shorter runtime. The current runtime is more than 2 hrs 20 mins and the film drags towards the end with long drawn out, violent revenge-action scenes. The love track between Rasu and Lijomol also takes its own sweet time to move, in the first half, with a dance sequence also fitted in. That said, the Rasu – Lijomol track (also featuring a funny sidekick) offers good entertainment.