Administrators: George Kora, Sam Xavier
Thoma (George Kora), the youngest of two brothers who misplaced their mother and father as youngsters, lives previously. Earlier than we meet him, we enter what seems like his dream, during which we see the incidents that observe the loss of life of his mother and father. With nobody to deal with him and his brother Sebastian (Gopi Krishnan), who has Down’s Syndrome, we see hanging photographs that make up their first night time in an orphanage, earlier than Thoma goes again even additional to soothing reminiscences of the nice occasions with their mother and father.
Thomas solely finds solace in these reminiscences. Sebastian will get adopted, leaving Thoma with the lack to maneuver on. Thoma wakes up within the current day to the sound of the early morning azaan. There’s a voice word from his older brother wishing him Id Mubarak. Quite a bit has modified. Sebastian is now Ismail and we study this because the azaan slowly makes method for the sound of a girl praying in entrance of a chapel, when Thoma walks to the cafe he works at.
From his reminiscences, we rapidly realise the place Thoma will get this love for cooking from. As he bakes his first cake to the recording of his mom singing an previous tune in a fair older cassette participant, we slowly see the morning ritual that, maybe, retains Thoma going.
Thoma can be fairly the charmer — he even will get a buyer to offer him an enormous tip. That is much more evident in the best way he methods his girlfriend Sneha (a really likeable Namitha Krishnamoorthy) to purchase him an costly cricket bat on what seems to be his birthday. Had we not recognized his intentions and had we not fallen for his charms ourselves, we’d maybe have known as Thoma a manipulator.
He appears to have saved up a bit of cash, which he hides diligently within the small tin case he’s had since he was a baby. Even the cricket bat isn’t precisely for him. It isn’t even his birthday. It’s as if all of Thoma’s actions are linked to Ismu and a return to their childhood once they have been nonetheless a household.
Ismu may nonetheless be his older brother however they’re not household anymore. Ismu is now the son of the Rafiques, a well-meaning couple who don’t have any room for Thoma at their dwelling. As Rafique places it, “It’s solely hardly ever that we give Thoma permission to see Ismu.” And when Ismu’s adoptive mom (Shanti Krishna) tells Thoma that they’re shifting to Dubai for good, he maybe feels the identical abandonment points speeding again to him since his brother received adopted.
It’s not that Thoma feels jealous of Ismu’s extra snug life. He even is aware of deep down that they take higher care of Ismu than he ever can. But there’s all the time the doubt in Thoma that Ismu may overlook him like he forgot their mother and father. Feeling like an orphan twice isn’t one thing most individuals can stand up to.
Which is why Thirike or the return, is the title of this movie. Ismu has already superior from the age of taking part in cricket to the age of driving vehicles, however can Thoma do the identical? Will returning to their mixed previous lastly free Thoma to develop up emotionally to the state the place he can lastly let extra individuals into his life?
The smallest of moments play out like mega occasions as we slowly piece collectively the dreamy previous that Thoma appears to be caught in. In what’s a distinctly arresting visible, we see a booby entice that features when vibrant marbles fall over an empty steel vessel. In one other scene, we get a beautiful stretch the place their stressed-out grandmother panics on the sight of Ismu doing his namaz. It by no means feels just like the movie’s making an attempt to make a intellectual assertion about syncretism, gift-wrapped in sentimentality. These moments simply are, floating alongside weightless due to the gorgeous music (by Ankit Menon) and the visuals of Cherin Paul.
Just like the tug-of-war that takes place when two separating mother and father struggle for his or her baby’s custody, we see a movie that delicately handles the same battle between Ismu’s actual and adoptive households. In components, I used to be reminded of Kamal’s Pookalam Varavayi in the best way a visit away from town results in an introspection of the place one stands in a household.
But it disappoints whenever you discover these delicate particulars lacking within the movie’s largest dramatic outbursts. The scene the place Thoma finds their mother and father’ grave ought to have felt like a blow from a sledgehammer. Even the scene the place Sneha calls out Thoma for his selfishness ought to have hit more durable, if not for the clunky staging. It seems like the administrators’ relied on the load of performances alone as a substitute of the tremendous particular writing that had been the energy till then.
Like how inventively they convey again the driving metaphor to point out us the brothers’ return journey. And even how they use visible motifs like Thoma sleeping proper beneath Ismu, to point out us how nothing’s modified in spite of everything. Which is a crucial lesson to study as a result of the one method Thoma can develop past his reminiscences is to make contemporary ones.
Thirike, in some ways, is strictly the feel-good film you thought it could be. However who actually complains about going again to some comforting healthful goodness that tells us that household issues most, but once more.