‘U/A’ Certified, 2 hrs 38 mins
What Is the Film About?
The relationship between a mother and son is strained when the latter assumes the former for wrong intentions regarding him. The son believes he is suffering due to his mother. What it is that leads to differences in the first place? How did the son realise the love for mother is what the movie is all about?
How Is Sree Vishnu’s Performance?
Sree Vishnu plays a complicated character. Although the marketing might make it seem like an Arjun Reddy redux, it is far from it. However, the influence can’t be denied. There is a transformation of the character from phoney attitude to being stubborn and finally, real tough guy, through the years and interaction with other characters.
However, the same fails to get conveyed in the movie. A lot of it is due to the way scene is conceived, and directed, and written. The confusion regarding the character renders the act useless, as in it doesn’t generate any connection with the viewer for a large part. The whole shirtless sequence, for example, seems bizarre first and foremost than anything else.
The effort to portray the anger and rage is visible, but as an audience, the emotion is never felt. An ill-conceived narration is the biggest undoing. Without any core emotion to connect, all the anger and emotions get wasted. It is not that we should always like a protagonist, sometimes even hate does the trick, but no such feelings are also felt. Only when we get towards the end, there is a little relief. It can be felt not only to the characters within the movie but outside as an audience as well.
Direction by Krishna Vijay?
Krishna Vijay has a wafer-thin plot at hand. It is all about mother and son and how the latter overcomes the misunderstanding and feels the true love. It is this change in attitude that is connected to the title. There is nothing new in the story, and Krishna Vijay tries his best to cover up with the character of the lead. The journey of (and with) the hero is supposed to engage the viewer.
First of all, Krishna Vijay has an eye for visuals and colours. It gives the movie a distinct look that helps it stand out even among the low-budget flicks. The clarity on Krishna Vijay’s part regarding how to approach the weak subject is also commendable. He seems to know, the core plot alone won’t be enough to sustain the narrative. He brings in newness with the background of the hero and some additional ‘Hunger Games’ inspired subplot that brings the crime and enemy elements in his world.
However, it is also the reason why Thipparaa Meesam fails to work. Instead of internalising the angst and giving the narrative a consistency, the external trouble seems forced and disconnecting. The proceedings make for an uneven watch. The anger, the fight, and the emotional core –they all appear mutually exclusive to each other. It should be exactly opposite.
It comes mostly due to the writing, which is shallow and creates a jarring narrative trough out. Within a scene or a sequence, the tone shifts from comedy to serious to drama and crime. It leaves one restless with the proceedings. After a point of time, one stops bothering altogether. It is here that complete interest is lost in the first half.
The lack of connection with the lead, makes matter worse as far as the narrative is concerned. It makes it crippled. The love story too doesn’t hold much appeal. The interval mark provides relief as the break gives small respite from the frustration.
The second half is comparatively is better. It is so because the actions seem more apparent now. The phoney attitude slowly gets a move on and shifts into something concrete. The concentration on a single aspect, the crime, also helps. Now, the director simply ties it to the core emotion towards the end. The mother sentiment gets the focus, and the pre-climax and climax make one satisfied no matter how predictable – only to see the hero realise the inevitable. The twists are predictable, but it is the bigger drama that works.
Overall, Thipparaa Meesam feels a long and tedious watch due to the disconnection with the lead protagonist, and incredibly jarring narrative. There is no irresistible charm to make things work either. Thipparaa Meesam is a test of patience. If you have enough, give it a try. But if you are low on that aspect, avoid it.
Nikki Tamboli and Others?
Nikki Tamboli comes across as an add-on to the story rather than being part of it. If not for a couple of songs, it would be difficult to remember her. Even in the few scenes that she has, there is hardly anything that stands out or is worth mentioning as a performer.
The real emotional anchor of the movie is senior actress Roshini. She gets less screen time but a substantial part after a while. The caring mother act is nailed to perfection with all the emotions in place. Even when she is not on screen, we care about the mother and want to know how it ends for her. That is how she succeeds with the part.
Benerjee is given a decent role and he is alright. Srikanth Iyengar impresses within a short role. Praveen is wasted in an inconsequential role. Other actors who have a small duration do well in their limited appearances.
Music and Other Departments?
Suresh Bobbili’s music is an asset to the movie. There are a couple of lovely low-key, likable numbers and the background score is superb. The BGM, in fact, punches way above its weight that the lead protagonist provides. The cinematography is decent. For a low budget production, it helps the movie look decent on-screen. The editing could have been better. The writing is the biggest let down of the movie. The confusion in the script, the lead stems here. It creates a jarring tone that is too hard to shake off.
Three separate film content seems to be shoehorned into a single narrative in Thipparaa Meesam. Resolving this issue via the writing or picking the combination of any two of those tracks would make for a better alternative movie.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Thippara Meesam Review by Siddartha Toleti
Neither the aggressive attitude nor the mother sentiment on which the entire movie rests works. It leaves Thippara Meesam with an invariably dull and boring feeling, in the end. Detailed review soon.
– Thippara Meesam ends on a heavy dose of mother sentiment scene. Final report shortly.
– In an unexpected event Mani gets into a murder case. Court begins the trail. Mani confesses the murder in the Court, gets seven years prison. Few years later, Mani comes out of prison. The movie heading towards climax.
– The movie is going in the same direction. No respite!
– Mani’s mother sells the property to pay her son. Mani pays the bookie and now out of financial pressures.
– Court trails started on the Cheque bounce case. Mani’s mother agrees to pay the money to save her son from getting stamped as a fraud.
– Thippara Meesam second half started with a nice melody.
First Half Report:
Nothing works in the first half !!
– Mani gets back to drugs to handle the pressure. Mounika, Mani’s girl friend slaps him for his extreme intimate behavior. Interval!
– Bookie Joseph continues to put pressure on Mani for money. Mani gets a Cheque for five lakhs from his mother but he forged the Cheque to forty lakhs. The Cheque bounces due to insufficient funds. Mani sends a legal notice to his mother. Media picks up the news for headlines.
– Mani participates in an illegal gamble game in a jungle to earn twenty lakh cash prize. He wins the game but Kali (another participant) runs away with the cash.
– Mani is under pressure to repay 30 lakhs Joseph bookie in Cricket betting. He has two months deadline to repay the amount.
– Thippara Meesam show started. Mani (Sree Vishnu) gets addictied to drugs in the school. Mani’s mother (Rohini) forcibly kept him in a Rehab center. Mani grows with the anger on his mother.
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A social, recluse or a social deviant and that’s what Sree Vishnu had played in ‘Thippara Meesam’. With everything has gone wrong in his life, the protagonist tries causes pain to his mother by hurting himself.
Sree Vishnu wasn’t that guy in the films, all these years. In a way, ‘Thippara Meesam’ has aroused the curiosity on how different and convincing would Sree Vishnu be in this role. The director has successfully built up the intrigue factor.
Looks like, Sree Vishnu has pinned hopes on this movie as the movie that could change his career graph. The guy never rushed up things for himself in the industry. So, if ‘Thippara Meesam‘ has that content that can help for his growth, his growth would be to be organic.
Sree Vishnu can’t ask for more as Asian Cinema Sunil Narang has bought the theatrical rights of the movie that was given UA certificate by the CBFC.
So, it’s up to the director, Krishna Vijay to deliver an engaging story that could earn good word of mouth as Sree Vishnu’s successful always movies worked with good word of mouth.
It’s time to see if Sree Vishnu’s different attempt has been successful or not. Keep watching this space for our genuine ‘Thippara Meesam’ review from mirchi9 team. Stay tuned, folks!