Movie Review: Tiyaans - Core Is Amazing But Almost Untouched
A half-baked, diluted screenplay from the writer and juvenile execution from the director ensures that the movie dealing a beautiful concept loses its direction and misfires, says Sriram
On Jul 10, 2017


Tiyaan attracted hype mainly because of the brand called Prithviraj Sukumaran involved in it and the amount of faith he kept in the movie every time he talked about it. The heavy weight posters and the trailer added to the promise. Prithviraj was right. Tiyaan deals with a subject whose potential is infinite and ultimate.But a half-baked, diluted screenplay from the writer and juvenile execution from the director sees to it that the movie loses its direction and misfires badly.


Tiyaan launches itself in supreme style, based on the emotion of protecting one’s homeland against the undeniable powers of ransom offerings and threats. The makers succeed in beautifully portraying that it’s the Dharma or duty of one to protect his ancestral property where depths of history and tradition sleep. The fact that the threats to displace the protagonist Pattabhiramagiri is made by a man who market Bhakti, sparks thoughts on the real definitions on ‘god’ and ‘power’. While Mahashay Bhagvan, who is renowned for the ‘godly’ magic he has worked, is on one side, Pattabhiramagiri who believes in Thathwamasi, which says the power is same as the person, is on the other. The tussle is portrayed with all its intensity, where Pattabhiramagiri, who is powerless in terms of wealth and weapons, faces the antagonist using mere will. It is a clash between Sanathana Dharma, the theory and its selfish human interpretations which is in practice. Bhagvan, who has control links prevailing all levels of bureaucracy, obviously hits the protagonist hard. The makers do very well to convey the emotional impact of the events on Pattabhiramagiri, who faces a moment of stall in his lone fight. He is left in a state of trauma, where he doubts his own modus operandi. It is then, the writer Murali Gopy comes up with the most inspiring moment of the movie, where he tells about the different types of wars waged, and the necessity of setbacks

at the outset of a war. The stage was perfectly being set for the war. The awesomeness of Tiyaan literally ends there. Murali Gopy and the director Jiyen Krishnakumar, follows up with unending sequences which deserves to be conveyed through one-liners. The movie starts losing grip of its genuineness as it forcefully takes sides of morality. A lot of cliché and predictability follows, as the makers dilute and disorient what was the core of Tiyaan till then. By the time the movie concludes, the makers contradict themselves, by introducing parallel forces which actually have powers awakened, which defeats the villain. Thus, they bend the notion of ‘power’ preached until then to accommodate the new theory which was in a way preached by the antagonist in the first half. Tiyaan’s locations and the manner in which the cinematographer Satheesh Kurup has captured in makes beautiful to watch. Indrajith Sukumaran carries the intensity of the movie on his shoulders. His screen presence complements the amazing projection his character receives and the powerful dialogues the writer penned. Prithviraj Sukumaran’s impact is merely limited to projection of hischaracter. He comes up with a rigid performance, especially in terms of dialogue delivery. Murali Gopy’s portrayal of the powerful Mahashay Bhagvan is disappointing, as the villain lacks any sort of venom when on screen.


Gopi Sundar’s music has its rare highs in Tiyaan. But more often it ends up being too repetitive or ineffective, failing to create much impact. Tiyaan is clearly a work where soulful music could have created a difference in the movie. The maker of the arousing Left Right Left anthem with Murali Gopy, fails to hit the target this time around.


The concept of Thathwamasi – ‘That you are’ is supposedly the fuel that drives Tiyaan , a concept which is confused to be complex because of the various interpretations and implications that exists. Instead of delivering the lethal concept that the power lies inside oneself and nowhere outside, in its purity and simplicity, Murali Gopy makes a tasteless utterly diluted mixture that seemingly takes wonderful stands failing to hit the supposed target. Although an engaging first half and gripping screen presence of Indrajith Sukumaran makes Tiyaan watchable, what follows later makes it an avoidable affair.



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