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Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (English: The Mainour and the Witness) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language family-drama film directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Sajeev Pazhoor. Syam Pushkaran co-wrote the dialogues and is also credited as the creative director. The film stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Alencier Ley Lopez, Vettukili Prakash, and Sibi Thomas.[2] Rajeev Ravi was the cinematographer, while the songs and score were composed by Bijibal.[3]

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.jpg
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Directed byDileesh Pothan
Produced bySandip Senan
Anish M. Thomas
Screenplay bySajeev Pazhoor
StarringSuraj Venjaramoodu
Fahadh Faasil
Nimisha Sajayan
Alencier Ley Lopez
Vettukili Prakash
Sibi Thomas
Music byBijibal
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byKiran Das
Production
company
Urvasi Theatres
Distributed byUrvasi Theatres
Kalasangham Films[1]
Release date
  • 30 June 2017 (2017-06-30) (India)
Running time
135 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was released in India on 30 June 2017. The film won two awards at the 48th Kerala State Film AwardsBest Screenplay and Best Character Actor (Alencier). At the 65th National Film Awards, it won three awards—Best Original Screenplay, Best Feature Film in Malayalam, and Best Supporting Actor (Fahadh).

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PlotEdit

The story follows the newly married inter-caste couple, Sreeja (Nimisha Sajayan) and Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu), from Cherthala who move up north to Kasaragod. On a bus journey, Sreeja's gold chain is stolen by a thief also called Prasad (Fahadh Faasil). He swallows the chain, but not before Sreeja notices it. He gets caught by the passengers, who take him to the nearby police station. On police inquiry, Prasad (thief) denies the act. Eventually, after a medical examination, the chain is found stuck inside his stomach. How to extract the chain, then, becomes the question.

CastEdit

  • Suraj Venjaramoodu as Prasad, a farmer
  • Fahadh Faasil as Prasad, the thief
  • Nimisha Sajayan as Sreeja (voice over by Srinda Arhaan)
  • Alencier Ley Lopez as A.S.I. Chandran
  • Vettukili Prakash as Sreekandan, Sreeja's father
  • Mini K. S. as Sreeja's mother
  • Sibi Thomas as Sub Inspector Sajan Mathew
  • Senior Civil Police Officer Sadhanandan as Police Constable
  • P. Sivadas as Police Writer
  • K. T. Sudhakaran as Sudhakaran
  • K. T. Balachandran as Babu Sir
  • Unniraj Chervathur as Rajesh Ambalathara
  • Aravindan as Faizal
  • Sarath Kovilakam as Sarath
  • Shince Mathew
  • Surabhi Mundath Payaneer

ProductionEdit

Initially Pazhoor thought of directing the film himself, before Pothan came on-board.[4] About the genre of the film, Pothen said that he is not sure which genre the film falls in, but it surely has the elements of a "family drama".[5] For some of the police roles, the film features real-life police officers in the cast. Newcomer Nimisha Sajayan was selected from general auditions. Principal photography commenced from 7 December 2016 in Kasaragod. Other locations include Vaikom and Cherthala.[6]

MusicEdit

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Soundtrack album by
Released28 June 2017
Recorded2017
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length10:02
LanguageMalayalam
LabelMuzik 247
ProducerSandip Senan
Anish M. Thomas
Bijibal chronology
Ramante Edanthottam
(2017)
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
(2017)
Thrissivaperoor Kliptham
(2017)

The music and background score for the film is composed by Bijibal, who has previously worked with Dileesh Pothan in Maheshinte Prathikaaram. The lyrics are written by Rafeeq Ahamed.[7]

All tracks written by Rafeeq Ahamed.

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kannile Poika"Ganesh Sundaram, Soumya Ramakrishnan3:16
2."Aayilyam"Sithara, Govind Menon3:07
3."Varum Varum"Bijibal3:39
Total length:10:02

ReleaseEdit

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was released in India on 30 June 2017.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Critic Veeyen termed the movie has sardonic wisecracks and the continual cackles, which fundamentally holds the charm of an otherwise unexciting film. He closes of by signifying the exceptional intelligence and grace the film has in terms of flow.[9]

Bharadwaj, in the review of the film, stated that "Fahadh Faasil's equal parts lazy and wily trickster acting and Alencier Ley Lopez's character acting as luminously exceptional." He praises on the beauty of police office politics that Dileesh & Sajeev was able to portray as the drive that calibrates the film. Manorama praises real-life police officer Sibi Thomas for his comedic and yet balanced performance.[10]

Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "Simply put, Pothan’s films aren’t about the incidents suggested by the titles, but around them. Instead of zooming in, narratively speaking, he goes for the wide shot. This is a generous approach to filmmaking. It says that the main characters are a part of the world around them, and this world needs to be acknowledged as well."[11]

Director Shekhar Kapur, jury chairman of 65th National Film Awards commented: "Brilliant film, impressive performance. First you will think it is a simple film with usual romance and elopement. But how subtle are the things introduced in the film? The movie takes a serious turn by the end, leaving you appalled. I have never seen such an excellent performance by actors,".[12]

Box officeEdit

The film was a commercial success. It grossed ₹17.5 crore from Kerala box office in its lifetime.[13]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum". MovieBuff. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum". filmibeat.com. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Grand reception to Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, audience go gaga over it". OnManorama. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  4. ^ Praveen, S. R. (13 April 2018). "In conversation with Sajeev Pazhoor, this year's National Award winner for original screenplay". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ James, Anu (25 July 2016). "Exclusive: Dileesh Pothan opens up on Fahadh Faasil-starrer 'Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum'". International Business Times. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum starts rolling". onlookersmedia. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Bjibal to compose for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum". indiatimes. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum review: magically realistic". OnManorama. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Malayalam Movie Review". Veeyen Unplugged. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  10. ^ http://www.manoramaonline.com/movies/movie-news/2017/06/30/thondi-muthalum-driksakshiyum-original-poice-in-theatre.html
  11. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Movie Review". Film Companion. 3 July 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Deepak Joy, "'Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum', a film that redefines concept of right and wrong" The Week 14 April 2018 [1]
  13. ^ M. K., Surendhar (5 October 2018). "Devadas earns Rs 29 cr in four-day opening weekend; Fahadh Faasil's Varathan rakes in record breaking numbers". Firstpost. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  14. ^ "65th National Film Awards announcement LIVE UPDATES". The Indian Express. 13 April 2018.

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