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The cinema career of Kamal Haasan is full of ups and downs; many of his films have even been mired in controversies. All the same, his thirst for experimentation and his never ending energy to give a good cinema to the audience is something commendable. Thoongavanam is one such masterpiece in his career. It’s a well-made film; it has drawn inspiration from the French film Sleepless Nights. It is no exaggeration to tell that the execution is simply brilliant. The flick is directed by Kamal's former assistant Rajesh M Selva.
In the opening scene, two cops CKD (Kamal) and Mani (Yugi Sethu) rob ten kgs of cocaine from drug peddlers who work for a drug dealer Vittal Rao. To get his package back, the drug dealer kidnaps CKD's son. Just when Kamal agrees to give the package back, the package goes missing, and he goes on a quest to find it. Will he get his son back? Why did he rob the drugs in the first place? Everything is answered in the film, which is a 2-hour long edge-of-the-seat thriller.
Kamal Haasan's screenplay skill in this film is just awesome. He left nothing unanswered and plugged all loopholes. Each scene leads to another and there are no slack scenes. Every frame has a meaning. I simply loved the way he induced comedy in serious situations, which is a talent in its unique way. And he needs no introduction in the acting department. He tailor made this film for himself to suit his style and body language. There are abundant actions scenes, in which he performed with ease. Prakash Raj as Vittal Rao was hilarious. He is such an awesome performer and proved it yet again. Sampath and Kishore get limited screen time to showcase their talents. Trisha had nothing to do in the 1st half but proved that she is capable of tough roles too in the 2nd half.
On the technical side, Music by Ghibran stands out. He kept the adrenaline going with his background score. The cinematography by Sanu John Varghese was best as the majority of the movie was shot in a nightclub with disco lights and stuff. He made sure the scene is well lit and its pleasing to the eye. Editing by Shan Mohammed was good regarding run time, but the film had pace issues in few places.
Overall, Thoongavanam is a must watch film for a neat screenplay and performances. It's an edge-of-the-seat thriller with loads of humor too. Just enjoy it.
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