Movie: Thipparaa Meesam
Banner: Rizwan Entertainment
Cast: Sree Vishnu, Rohini, Nikki Tamboli, Josh Ravi, Ravi Prakash, Ravi Varma, Ramarao and others
Music: Suresh Bobbili
Written and directed by: Krishna Vijay
Release date: November 8, 2019
With a series of good hits like ‘Brochevarevura’, Sree Vishnu has become a reliable star for good content movies. With the trailer “Thippara Meesam” has generated good expectation on the movie as well.
Let’s find out its merits.
Mani Shankar (Sree Vishnu) is a DJ with problems of drug addiction and gambling. He hates his mother Lalitha Devi (Rohini) and lives alone.
When he has to repay the borrowed amount for gambling activity in just two-months, he comes to his mother seeking money and the cheque that she has given him gets bounced.
Shockingly, he files a case against his mother. Why did he hate her so much? What made him become such a person?
The film is a completely one-man show of Sree Vishnu who has gone for a complete makeover. He has not done such a completely depressive and negative character before. From the physical makeover to the acting, we see a lot of difference in Sree Vishnu here. He even dared to act wearing nothing but boxers in an intoxicated manner.
Rohini as his mother gets a pivotal character. The senior actor does it with ease. Banerjee gets a meaty role as well. Nikki as the female protagonist is okay.
Comedian Josh Ravi and Ravi Varma appear as Sree Vishnu’s friends.
The film’s cinematography has carried the gloomy mood with dark lighting. Cinematography is effective. The pace of the film is frustratingly slow, editing should have been crispier.
Though some songs are melodious, they don’t much impact.
Sree Vishnu’s performance
Too much of dark angle
“Tipparaa Meesam” alternates between the present and the past. As we have seen in ‘Arjun Reddy’, Sree Vishnu is presented as a youngster with an aggressive attitude with a careless nature.
The film goes back to past events and cuts to the present. The mood, the intensive acting of Sree Vishnu and his stunning makeover, the impulsive nature of the protagonist and the boldness give an impression that the makers have inspired by ‘Arjun Reddy’. However, the content and execution are poles apart.
While the lead actor’s character has similarities with Vijay Deverakonda’s movie, “Thipparaa Meesam” tests the patience with the hero being a very bad person to the most part.
Though the reason for his fallen character is explained in the second half convincingly, the redeeming value is far less.
‘Thipparaa Meesam’ is essentially a mother-son sentiment drama but the director has chosen to tell it darkly by projecting the hero as a very bad person, or as in Puri Jagannadh’s ‘Loafer’. But Sree Vishnu’s character has too many vices for us to feel sorry or empathy for him. Thus we don’t connect with the hero.
When the audience doesn’t connect with the lead hero, the proceedings turn ineffective. That is the basic flaw of this gloomy story.
Any audience would easily guess that the hero would be changed the person in the end, and there would be a mother-son sentiment angle. The film ends in such a predictable way, giving a reason for the title – ‘Thipparaa Meesam’.
The film makes an uncomfortable watch for the most part. Many scenes are like torture. The final portions are handled by the director effectively compared to the earlier gloomy mood.
Despite Sree Vishnu’s performance, the film is an excruciating bore. However, the director should have restricted the hero’s bad character act to limited scenes than prolonging it to the two-thirds of the movie.
In a nutshell, “Thippara Meesam” is hard to watch.
Bottom-line: Too Dark