Verdict: Vinay Forrt and team deliver a wholesome entertainer. 

One look at the poster and it almost seems as if it is a spin-off of Premam’s Jawa professor. But Vinay Forrt as Sreenivasan Sir in his latest movie Thamaasha opens up a whole new world. The movie is produced by a team of brilliant artists like Chemban VinodShyju KhalidLijo Jose Pellissery and Sameer Thahir under the banner “Happy Hours Entertainment”. Written and directed by newcomer Ashraf Hamza, the cast includes actors like Chinnu ChandhiniDivya PrabhaNavas VallikkunnuArun Kurian and Grace Antony. The music is composed by Rex Vijayan and Shahabaz Aman and the cinematography is handled by Sameer Thahir.

What’s Thamaasha About:

Sreenivasan (Vinay Forrt) is a professor of Malayalam at a college in his hometown. He is already balding in his thirties, making it difficult for him to find a suitor. With tips from his confidante Rahim (Navas Vallikkunnu), Sreenivasan tries to win over some of the women that he meets in his life. The story revolves around his encounters with Babitha Teacher (Divya Prabha), Chinnu (Chinnu Chandhini) and Safiya (Grace Antony).

What Works:

While the title of the movie might indicate that it could be a comedy entertainer, Thamaasha begs to differ. It is a movie that appeals to society’s consciousness. Thamaasha is an honest film with fresh frames, down-to-earth characters, and humor based on everyday situations. The movie hits hard on the stereotypes of beauty we are forced to conform to. It is a callout to those who are made to feel inadequate for what they look like. The restraint and technicality shown in the movie are commendable and do not look like the work of a newbie.

Vinay Forrt is the backbone of the movie and does justice to his role as the shy, self-conscious professor who is awkward around people. Navas as Rahim has done his part of the sidekick well. One character who shines throughout is Chinnu. She brings freshness and vibrancy to the screen and almost changes the pace of the second half of the movie. Arun KurianDivya Prabha, and Grace Antony have performed their parts well. The cinematography is brilliant and so is the music. The background score and the songs are gentle on the ear and backed with beautiful lyrics.

What Could’ve Been Better: 

The movie is a clean feel-good entertainer, which works at its pace and has almost nothing to fault.

Why You Should Watch:

In a time when we are forced to look a certain way to be “accepted”, Thamasha brings to fore the need to be humane. This superb effort by Vinay Forrt and team should not be missed.

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