Updated: December 20, 2019 17:39 IST
Rating : 3/5
Politician Gnanamoorthy (Sathyaraj) and his family including his daughter Parvathi (Jyotika) are waiting for a miracle to happen. Her brother Saravanan (Karthi) runs away from family and it's been 15 years. One day, a police officer from Goa tells Gnanamoorthy that he has found Saravanan.
They bring him back to Ooty to live with them. But, he is not Saravanan. He is Vicky, a fraudster, who does petty jobs to make a living. As the family believes him to be Saravanan, but Gnanamoorthy's rivals hatch a plan to kill him.
Jyotika plays a straight-faced, always angry yet compassionate sister. She puts up a measured performance throughout the film and it works well when the big reveal happens in the climax.
Karthi is his effervescent self in the film. His incredible comedy timing and his expressions are his strength and this is why the film is tailor-made for him.
Sathyaraj plays a cunning politician and a doting father in the film and it is his exceptional performance that takes the film to a whole new level. He depicts the layers in his character very well.
Nikhila Vimal, Anson Paul, Ilavarasu and Hareesh Peradi have all done their best in the limited characters that they are given.
Director Jeethu Joseph has crafted a whodunit thriller with family sentiments. This combination could easily go wrong, but he does a decent job of interconnecting both these genres.
The strong aspects of Thambi are its brilliant twists and turns in the second half of the film. In terms of the storytelling, Thambi reminds you of Drishyam which was one of the best-made thrillers ever.
Also, it is quite appreciative of director Jeethu Joseph to not make the film too melodramatic as it would have ruined the thriller part of it.
Composer Govind Vasantha's music is one of the highpoints of Thambi. A song sung by Chinmayi Sripaada was pleasant to watch on screen. He also did a good job with background music.
Jeethu Joseph took some time to set up the characters in the first half and it dragged the story a little bit more than it should. Taut editing and cutting unwanted sequences would have made it even more interesting.
Thambi, directed by Jeethu Joseph, has a promising story that will relate with the audience on so many levels. With a powerful script and decent performances, Thambi is the pick of the week.