Movie : Thaen
Language : Tamil
Cast : Tharun Kumar, Abarnadhi
Review : The hard-hitting dialogues about the government identifying its citizens
are engaging enough in the film which has an overdose of melodrama
Category : Drama
Censor Certificate : U
Release Date : 19 Mar 2021
Duration : 2 hrs 1 mins
Critic’s Rating :3.0/5.0
Users’ Rating :2.2/5.0
A naïve and uneducated youngster, who earns living by beekeeping in a forest, gets the shock of his life when his wife is diagnosed with a rare disease. The lack of documents to prove his identity makes things worse for him
Ganesh Vinayakan’s Thaen opens with a few beautiful aerial shots of Kurinji hill station, establishing the backdrop where his prominent characters reside. The lives of a few inhabitants in the forest and their occupation, including that of Velu (Tharun), the protagonist, are introduced a few minutes into the film – he earns living by beekeeping. Velu is also someone who provides honey-based home medicines to those in need.
Poonkodi (Abarnathi), another inhabitant of the fill, whose father was treated by Velu, falls in love with him, and the couple gradually decides to lead a life together against the warning of the village head and others in the hill. After a few years of marital bliss, including the birth of a girl child, the couple gets the shock of their life when Poonkodi is diagnosed with a rare disease, following a stomach pain.
Things become worse when Velu takes Poonkodi to a government hospital in town. Quite unaware of the procedures one has to undergo in a hospital, Velu, who doesn’t have a valid document to prove his citizenship and rights, struggles to avail treatment for his wife. Will he be able to save his wife?
Tharun and Abarnathi showcase the required emotions – the former succeeds in conveying his vulnerability through his expression and body language. The plight of an illiterate man who doesn’t have any evidence to prove his citizenship in a democratic country, and the various malpractices involved in acquiring different ID cards are depicted in an appalling and realistic manner. Apart from the male and female leads, the film doesn’t have many characters in prominent roles, except Bava Lakshmanan, who makes his presence felt in all the scenes he appears in. His witty and hard-hitting dialogues about the government identifying its citizens are engaging enough. The film has incorporated a few real life incidents to spice up the emotional quotient, though it works only in a few scenes, thanks to the overdose of melodrama. A few characters surprisingly go missing as the story progresses which affect the overall impact of the plot.
On the technical front, M Sukumar’s cinematography stands out, thanks to the breathtaking shots, capturing the beauty of Kurinji hills. Rasi Thangadurai’s dialogues, towards the latter half of the movie, deserve mention.