Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam, directed by Senna Hegde, is an absolute laugh riot with fabulous layers of politics. Senna Hegde and cinematographer Sreeraj Raveendran use the premise of a wedding to making a satire that mocks the patriarchal system brutally and hilariously. With admirable minimalism and an astonishing cast, this one-day black comedy is a brilliantly made movie that one should not miss.
The story is centered on Kuwait Vijayan and his family. Vijayan’s elder daughter married the man she loved against the wishes of Vijayan, and he hasn’t really moved on from that. He is now adamant about the wedding of his second daughter Suja. Vijayan fixes the marriage of Suja with Lakshmikanthan. The things that unfold at Vijayan’s home on the eve of Suja’s engagement are what we see in Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam.
Two things that you will admire immensely at the film’s end are the casting and the character molding. The movie is under two hours long, and by the time it ends, you will have a clear understanding of the family tree. It is a movie with so many characters, and the performances of each actor look so genuine on screen. The idea is to show the fakeness and brittleness of the conventional marriage system that prefers to look at the superficial elements. And Senna Hegde succeeds in it by putting the viewer right at the center of the drama.
A large chunk of the visuals is captured so that we feel like a random person who is observing all the developments happening in that house. The detailing part is also really impressive. Even the smallest of dialogues contributes to the movie by giving some information that is vital to the plot. The regressive justifications of the older generation and how women are emotionally trapped in the arranged marriage system are shown brilliantly in Thinkalazhcha Nishachayam. The humor is top-notch, and the realness in the conversations makes it even more hilarious. The music is catchy and blends perfectly with the film.
Manoj KU, who plays the role of the patriarch of the family Vijayan, is terrific. The way he explodes at the very end of the movie and his stunned expressions in the climax shows his range as an actor, and kudos to the casting team for finding such a talent. Anagha Narayanan as Suja was really good at expressing the angst of the bride-to-be. Unnimaya Nalappadam as Surabhi was also another memorable performance. Everyone in the star cast made sure their performance looked genuine on-screen, and one performance that stayed with me was that of Ranji Kankol as Girish.
Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam is ultimately a satire that talks about gender politics. It exposes the toxic side of the patriarchal system without being preachy about it at any point. With a character pool that has almost all varieties of people one could imagine, the relatability factor also favors the movie. With those stellar performances and authentic making, Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam on Sony LIV will surely win your heart.
Senna Hegde and cinematographer Sreeraj Raveendran use the premise of a wedding to making a satire that mocks the patriarchal system brutally and hilariously.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended