As a screen writer P S Rafeeq has always kept a quirky style in almost all his writings. His movies depended largely on the style of film makers in convincing the audience. Lijo Jose Pellissery was one such director who got the pulse perfectly and we have seen veterans like Kamal failing to cop up with that style. When it comes to Thrissivaperoor Kliptham directed by Ratheish Kumar, the movie is somewhere in the middle ground. It has spontaneous humor to keep us guessing but the overall product isn’t that entirely impressive.
It’s actually about the two gangs in Thrissur town; David and his friends and Joy and his gang. Their rivalry began from the school days over a simple issue. Now when Joy was trying to take his business endeavour to a new height, frustrated David decides to make it miserable for him. What David does for that and how things go after that is what Thrissivaperoor Kliptham talking about.
Like I said, it’s PS Rafeeq and we can sense the quirkiness right away. Director Ratheish Kumar somewhat follows a style similar to the one we saw in Amen. That style definitely adds a peculiar tone to the film. But the problem is in scenes being comprehensive. The connect between character building sequences aren’t that effective and the foundation of the hatred between the two gangs isn’t that solid. Beyond the humor what we see on screen, there isn’t many layers that would make us revisit the situations. And the fun occasionally slips in to misogyny.
Much like Varnyathil Aashanka, this one is also not a hero driven cinema. The space for characters is more even here. Chemban Vinod Jose is in his usual avatar delivering the slang and attitude correctly. Asif Ali, who is becoming more and more flexible with each project, portrays the role of the shy Girija Vallabhan neatly. Baburaj doesn’t have that much of screen time when compared to the other gang members in the movie and his character is somewhat the same we have seen him doing. Irshad and Rony David get fully fledged characters along with Sreejith Ravi. And they were all good in being the characters with a witty tone. Aparna Balamurali occasionally fumbles with dialogue delivery but manages to get the right pitch in terms of body language and expressions.
There is an Amen influence in the treatment. Ratheish Kumar uses the earlier part of the film (including a voice over when the thanks credits were rolling) to show us the slightly eccentric comic nature of this film. But as the movie dives more towards the central conflict, the excitement gets reduced. You will laugh for the jokes for sure, but that joke isn’t getting blended to the whole narrative. Dialogues from PS Rafeeq are loud and raw. I don’t know why he has this obsession towards shit. Cinematography was nice maintaining the mood of the film. Cuts were good and the music was also impressive. The BGMs weren’t that great and at one point I could hear the Once Upon a Time in Mumbai BGM (which btw was also an alleged copy of some other track).
Thrissivaperoor Kliptham is a movie that has a half hearted story with a dedicated making. One of those films which lingers around the average zone and gives a tough time for a critic in giving it a score.
One of those films which lingers around the average zone and gives a tough time for a critic in giving it a score.