The next day, he finds Arjun, an actor, at his station, hoping to get permission to allow the police for a few days to prepare for a role. Little by little, Aadhira falls in love with Arjun. Meanwhile, she learns that her childhood friend Surya (Ananya Ramprasad) has mysteriously disappeared and begins to investigate. Her husband, Kishore (Gokul Anand), a doctor, appears to be acting suspicious. There is a disabled person (Pavel Navageethan) who is also a suspect. And Arjun also seems to be involved in this mystery in some way. Can Aadhira handle the revelations her investigation will shed?
Anchored by a stunning Aishwarya Rajesh, Thittam Irandu is an investigative film of modest scale (and realization) and slightly bigger (and even higher) ambitions that wants to be an emotional drama rather than a scathing thriller. There is a Gautham Menon vibe to the romantic portions. The cute encounter is almost like what you might find in that director’s movie, except for an investment … Here, it is the girl who begins to fall in love with the boy and begins to look at him with her eyes. Another romantic scene, which we will see later, is also presented in a similar way.
But the research lots are not that solid. Even though the score tries to give us the chills of Ratsasan, Aadhira’s research lacks the emotion that such scenes provide because everything is resolved in a simplistic way. Like the encounter with the physically handicapped suspect, which is clumsily written and organized. And red herrings (like honor killings) are brushed off the plot rather quickly, perhaps because the director was sure of his big twist.
Reaching this climactic turn, as much as it comes as a surprise, also changes the tone of the film. Given the sensitivity of the subject involved, the filmmaker manages to make us empathize with his characters and their situations, instead of making them feel like cartoons. The way this reveal goes back to the first scene of the film, which involves a mix of gender identity, is a very elegant touch, but the change in tone is strange.
Overall, Thittam Irandu is largely a good detective novel with a twist that is definitely something we didn’t anticipate, but the extent to which this twist works for you will decide how favorably you might view the movie in the end.