Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru
(Theeran - Chapter 1)
directed by H Vinoth
Karthi as Theeran
Rakul Preet Singh as Priya
Abhimanyu Singh as Oma
Bose Venkat as Satya
Mohan's Measure ✳ ✳
The complaints about the caste system in India blame the antiquated belief in people's being trapped by the upper castes into a state of fatalistic helplessness. An arguable thought, until you see how the other castes are faring for themselves. Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru holds no pretenses in presenting a true story of the North India Dalit communities and their firm hold on brutal, premeditated violence on a scale of the pandemic. It took a special group of cops, honest to the core, courageous to the bone, zealous in their belief in a god of Justice, to infiltrate and catch the nefarious Owaria Mob.
The true story alone would have captured our attention. It could have been straight-laced, understated and devoted to duty. But, that does not interest the South Indian movie-goer. Instead, we are treated to the predictable - an action hero, an eye-candy sacrificial lamb, and an over the top melodrama about how even the most heroic cops have thankless jobs. All the masaala takes a truly amazing story and turns it into cheesecake.
Karthi is the usual beef-cake, who along with his buddy is driven early on to vengeance, because South India doesn't understand the concept of ethics. Abhimanyu Singh is brought along not to be the leader of an uneducated group of mobsters, but to serve as a Ravana, powerful and womanizing; someone who from a single chair can drive men to acts of violence.
All this comes to fore, both in reality and in the movie, because of the death of a Tamil politician. Sad that both the movie and real life forget the common man.