Thondimuthalum Dhriksakshiyum (2017)

This film in a nutshell – when Mahesh meets Annayum Rasoolum, literally. There are scenes of the boat jetty, jangar service, the walking to work, that reminded me of the latter.. Rajiv Ravi has presented a deglamourised life and presented it as an everyday experience.. The result is beautiful, frame by frame.. 

And Dileesh Pothan knows his stuff. If it was Idukki last time, it is parts of Cherthala, and Kasargod this time. And in here, he brings in subtle references to caste politics with word choice, and festivities. 

The beginning, under the banner of Urvasi Theatres, (every film going malayali would know) and the scene from the play, the shot of the audience sitting on the grounds to watch…  sets the mood. The bgm from Bijipal esp during the chases… Watch the film and we can sit and discuss.. 

Caveat: if you liked maheshinte prathikaaram, then you’d also like this film, abd vice versa. There is a drag in the second half at places, but it can be ignored. The actors have done quite a good job, and even Srinda, who dubbed for the female lead. 

Most probably, the Kerala state award for best actor (male) could go to Suraj for his role in this film! Even Fahad, in this film and also Take Off, they could fight it out, or they could both be awarded. As for the best actor in a female lead role, Parvathy, though I didn’t like Take Off like most people did, she is sure to receive a trophy for this one. 

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35 thoughts on “Thondimuthalum Dhriksakshiyum (2017)”

  1. Once again I guess its POTTHETTAN BRILLIANCE all the way I guess….
    Heard very positive reviews about this movie…But here in Chennai theaters have downed their shutters to protest against the municipal levy on top of GST…So I will miss it I guess…
    Potthettan loves to shed lights on ordinary lives and their journeys it seems….Just like Mysskin who too is subaltern…
    Good to know that you have watched it…
    And I wanted to share this video with you:
    He beautifully explains why THONDIMUTHALUM DRIKSAKSHIYUM is an International Film festival stuff and something which reads the pulse of a Malayali…Being both at the same time is brilliant….Our humble contribution to the world cinema!
    Since you have already watched it I guess you can relate more than me!
    Keep writing!

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      1. I too thought about it..
        If there is no hiccups in terms of getting selected as foreign film entry from India, then I guess It will go all the way…..Too early to predict but that should not stop us from dreaming…..

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          1. As we are speaking, the real change is unfolding in Kerala….An Empire is crumbling and those who once were in the good books of the King are running helter skelter…The Superstars, it is being proven are mere mortals….The Mega star and Complete Actor are silent which is deafening, The rebels are gaining courage and the Women who were silent are speaking out….All this happening under intense public scrutiny in a society saturated by media…Thilakan Sir intey aathmaavu chirikkunnundavum.Oru nalla thudakkam pratheekshikkunnu….Nalla cinemakal pirakkattey!!

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              1. Exactly! As the proverb goes: Kallam Oodi varum Pakshey Neru Nirangiye varu is very right! Hope there is no sabotage and this issue cleanses everybody’s soul!!

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                1. King Lear finally gets a warm Welcome To Central Jail!
                  Kudos to the Brave Heart who is mistakenly called as the Victim!
                  Salute to the Media and the Police for the unceasing pressure!
                  As the conspiracy unfolds like a thriller, the whole of Kerala is waiting eagerly for THE GREAT FATHER to open his mouth and SAGAR KOTTAPURAM to finally put his pen to the blog!! Many rebels will come out of hibernation! Many will wash their dirty linens in Public! Hope the Women and the others in Cinema will decipher the right messages!
                  The moral of the story is simple: LUST and GREED may heighten your glory but are digging your grave at the same time!!

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      2. Watch that video please…
        He gets so excited and his observations are all in the right place…Cinema ye patti nalla vivaram ulla manushyan! Even I was excited and wanted to watch it immedietly!
        BTW I have commented on your Take on Take off. It worked for me!

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          1. He is very right….
            Pothettan’s movies first scene gives us many clues about what will transpire later..In Maheshinte…he is seen Cheruppu uracchu thechu kazhukifying….Later he is in a way forced not to use it due to his vow..He is forced to part ways with Cheruppu….Likewise here to there is reference to a drama scene…Havent watched it but I am sure it will contain the crux of this movie….And he brilliantly compares it with Kurosawa….I desperately want to watch it….Hope the stike is called off…

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            1. There is this one scene where suraj comes down a flight of mud stairs.. Oru thenni thenni oru varavu! During the chase. Ooooph! And also fahad faasil’s expressions on the dot, the close up shots .. Let’s hope the strike is called off.. Tiyaan releases tom, enthu aavuvo entho! 😎

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              1. Every frame is brilliant I guess! Pinney the policeman poking fun at the famished kid and Fahad’s Dialogue…Thats brilliant…I can imagine!!
                Excited for Tiyaan only because its a Murali Gopi story…The problem with Rajuvettan is that his fans spread the hype…I fell prey to the Ezra trap…and felt Ezra was a beautiful looking gift box which you open expectantly but realize it contains kadala pinnakku after opening it!! Will definitely watch it for Murali Gopi…

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                1. Haha! Ezra! 😁😁 is like how manichittthazhu was made in Tamil! The rajni effect! Could have been better. ems’s grandson as the priest, and tovino have done well, but raju spoils it for all of them! Self importance! Entha cheyyya alle!! Kashtam

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                  1. For those who were Rajuvettan mass da,Padam verey level da…Ivanmaarudey annakkilottu THE WAILING thallividanam…Entey ammo….Enna Story, Odukkathey brilliance…..Oru Rakshayum illa….Sho…Njan Kolmayir kolluva!! Real movies will make you think…Will leave you stunned and asking for more!! Like THE WAILING…Yes the run time is 2 hrs 30 mins but worth every minute….Last half an hour nammaley pidichu irutthum!!

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                  2. https://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/02/12/ezra/comment-page-1/
                    Can you please check this link out?
                    This is a fellow mallu movie blogger called Tennyson and his take on Ezra…Please check out his way of writing and surely the COMMENTS SECTION for I have commented on the movie. The comments, it makes an interesting conversation spanning from a malayalam movie from 20th century to why ezra is so ordinary….to the movie culture in Chennai….Our conversations are interesting….just like between you and I. Please read it because I cant re type the whole thing here!! Its interesting and you can have some good laughs as well coz I found EZRA=MANICHITHRATHAZHU!!

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                  1. Glimses of his brilliance were visible in the teaser.Kabir’s Dohas in the background..The frames were all beautiful and the movie looks like a pan indian one…and looks like his take on the contemporary politics and society! Lets wait and watch!!

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              1. Okay…
                The Movies name is “THE WAILING”.
                Its a Horror/Thriller/Crime movie all mixed into one! Won critical appreciation and was a finacial success at the box office as well…My fav director N Hong Jin’S third outing….Macchaan Powlichu Adukki Kalanju! If we think we are smart while watching the movie then Jin will Adicchu Annakkil Kettitharum Avasanam!! Nalla Adippan Padam!! Here is the Trailer!

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                    1. Read The Warning at the end!
                      The Chaser directed by Na Hong Jin. Link:https://watchmovie.me/watch-movie-the-chaser/h7bS
                      The Yellow Sea directed by Na Hong Jin. Link:https://watchmovie.me/watch-movie-the-yellow-sea/gXG7
                      The New World directed by Park Hoon Jung. Link: https://watchmovie.me/watch-movie-new-world/gYWg
                      The Handmaiden: directed by Park Chan Wook.I dont have the link!
                      WARNING!
                      I guess I dont need to mention all these movies have mature content erotic/violent contents. .So be careful..All these movies will be surely in any top 100 thriller list..Yes some may disappoint you some may excite you…But give it a try! If you are a thriller buff I think you already have it aplenty here! Be careful about spotting these actors…For us Indians/a newcomer all of them especially women may look similar…So careful about spotting them…
                      Happy Watching!

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                    2. Read The Warning at the end!
                      The Chaser directed by Na Hong Jin. Link:https://watchmovie.me/watch-movie-the-chaser/h7bS
                      The Yellow Sea directed by Na Hong Jin. Link:https://watchmovie.me/watch-movie-the-yellow-sea/gXG7
                      The New World directed by Park Hoon Jung. Link: https://watchmovie.me/watch-movie-new-world/gYWg
                      The Handmaiden: directed by Park Chan Wook.I dont have the link!
                      WARNING!
                      I guess I dont need to mention all these movies have mature content erotic/violent contents. .So be careful..All these movies will be surely in any top 100 thriller list..Yes some may disappoint you some may excite you…But give it a try! If you are a thriller buff I think you already have it aplenty here! Be careful about spotting these actors…For us Indians/a newcomer all of them especially women may look similar…So careful about spotting them…
                      Happy Watching!

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