Dhanush, known for his exceptional film choices, brings us “Thiru,” a Tamil film rebranded as “Thiruchirambalam” for Telugu audiences. Released on August 18, 2022, this family-centric drama features a star-studded cast, including Raashi Khanna, Nithya Menen, Priya Bhavani Shankar, and Prakash Raj. Directed by Mithran R Jawahar and produced by Kalanithi Maran, the film is musically enriched by Anirudh Ravichander and visually captured through the lens of Om Prakash.
“Thiru” follows the life of its protagonist, Thiru (Dhanush), a dedicated delivery boy living with his father (Prakash Raj) and grandfather (Bharatiraja). The film delves into Thiru’s strong bond with his grandfather, while also exploring unresolved conflicts with his father. Thiru’s childhood friend, Shobana (Nithya Menen), adds nostalgia to his life. The narrative unfolds as Thiru falls in love with a modern girl portrayed by Raashi Khanna, leading to rejection. However, an unexpected tragedy shatters Thiru’s world, setting the stage for a journey of healing, love, and reconciliation.
Dhanush’s performance stands out as he skillfully portrays the complexities of his character’s relationships. The film weaves a mature family drama with a sensible touch of romance, keeping the narrative engaging. It excels in portraying emotions straightforwardly yet with profound resonance. Prakash Raj, Bharatiraja, Nithya Menen, and Raashi Khanna also deliver commendable performances.
The film’s plot follows a somewhat conventional trajectory, and the dubbing quality is not up to par. It carries a subtle Tamil flavor that might not entirely resonate with Telugu audiences. The first half could have emphasized the relationship between Prakash Raj and Dhanush more for a more impactful drama.
A song in the second half could have been edited for a more streamlined experience. Despite the dubbing quality issues, production values are commendable, and Om Prakash’s cinematography is effective.
“Thiru” is a heartfelt family drama distinguished by outstanding performances. While the storyline may feel familiar, the film’s emotional depth and compelling drama make it a comfortable choice for viewers. Regrettably, the film’s lack of promotional efforts in the Telugu market may limit its reach. Nevertheless, for those who choose to watch, Dhanush’s stellar performance ensures that “Thiru” remains a passable and worthwhile option for weekend viewing.