Thittam Irandu: One-Trick Poney with many twists but hardly any thrills!
Thittam Irandu is designed as a thriller. Someone goes missing. Then we learn that the person could have been murdered. We then have another murder. Is there a connection between the two events? What is the motive? With so much happening around, we do have a genuine curiosity to know the answers. The curiosity does remain to a certain extent through the film but our involvement with what is happening on screen slowly withers away. This is because almost everything in Thittam Irandu feels superficial. Sample this. Someone is caught red handed and is being questioned. The character begins to confess and this almost feels like a kid reciting a rhyme. The scene plays out as though the person being questioned is more interested in confessing than the police who is investigating. So what felt like a big twist a moment ago feels immaterial now as the characters themselves don't seem to be taken aback.
Thittam Irandu has a crucial message at its core. This is revealed in the final twenty minutes.(If you pay some attention, this is a twist that you might guess). When the society rejects a person's natural identity, it literally means it is killing the person. You wonder if the film had to be a thriller. But then, given that the emotions hardly work in the film, a drama wouldn't have been a better choice.
The takeaway from Thittam Irandu is its message that is certainly an important one. But the film as such leaves a lot to be desired.