Thimiru Pudichavan movie review: This unbearable cop film tests your patience
Thimiru Pudichavan movie cast: Vijay Antony, Nivetha Pethuraj, Sai Dheena
Thimiru Pudichavan movie director: Ganeshaa
Thimiru Pudichavan movie rating: 1.5 stars
What does Thimiru Pudichavan ‘teach’ you? In case, you have insomnia that leads to low blood pressure, you don’t have to visit a doctor or take pills. You can fix it temporarily with a lip lock. So, Vijay Antony plays a straightforward cop (Murugavel), who ends up killing his brother (a juvenile criminal). Should I necessarily use the word ‘kill’? Because the moment he fires the gun, he flies and falls straight into the street dustbin.
Murugavel is straightforward to an extent he says, “Seththavan kettavan” when the Sub-Inspector Madonna (Nivetha Pethuraj) asks why he is not grieving his brother’s death. You should watch her emote, “Enna ya, un mogathula love feeling-um varala; thambi seththa sogamum illa!”
And, Murugavel, as a police officer, wants to “reform the society”. What does he do? He volunteers to clean the sewage on the road. Why does he do that? He wants to “erase the bad image of cops in general.” Additionally, he puts up a mini-banner that has his phone number, so that people could reach out to him.
I thought only the first half was underwritten and hoped at least the second half would be better. But no! It was terrible. It is baffling how the director had come up with an outdated script in 2018 that shows Vijay Antony in a pose of Lord Muruga with the ‘vel’ (the holy lance) in one of the songs. For a moment, I thought I was watching some ‘Saami-film’ — with all those jarring music and orange costumes.
Cut back to the story of Thimiru Pudichavan. Murugavel gets reminded of his brother every time he sees a juvenile criminal. He takes steps to rescue them from the hands of Padma (Sai Deena). What follows is a mere cat-and-mouse game between the cop and a rowdy. It’s funny to see Vijay mouth this dialogue once in a while, “Rowdy naa veththu, police dhaan geththu!” I felt like saying, “Oh, please!”
The only good thing about the film is, it has a role for a transgender person in a dignified way. Despite the pressing situation, her character doesn’t wallow in self-pity but stands up and conveys something important to the society. Otherwise, there is nothing that one can really look for in this loosely-written script.
It’s high time Vijay Antony stopped “experimenting” with “mass-y films” and stuck to solid content-driven films like Naan, Salim and Pichchaikaran.