What’s it about?
A young and intelligent lawyer Ramachandra (Satyadev), who works in a legal firm, is assigned to take up the case of indemnity as his first case. Vasu (Ankith Koyya) is out on parole after serving prison for eight years. He was found guilty of the murder of a cab driver eight years ago. However, Ramachandra finds that he is an innocent guy. Instead of fighting for compensation, he decides to reopen the murder case to uncover the truth.
Ramachandra’s girlfriend (Priyanka Jawalkar) also works in the same firm. She and his college Sudha (Brahmaji) provide help in cracking this mystery. How did Ramachandra solve this case, and what is the meaning of ‘Thimmarusu’ in this story?
‘Thimmarusu’, the official Telugu remake of a Kannada movie ‘Birbal: Case 1: Finding Vajramuni’, follows a murder case that happened in 2011. Employing the technique of episodic narration, the murder case is seen from different perspectives – a lawyer, a criminal, an innocent man, and FIR. This method has brought a layer of novelty to this whodunit.
Due to this reason, ‘Thimmarusu’ holds your attention to some extent as the hero investigates the case using his intelligence, looking at different dimensions. I have not seen the original Kannada movie, but this structure must be in there.
Before getting to the main plot or investigation, the film wastes nearly 25 minutes for ‘initial setup’. Luckily, the drama picks up after that and generates interest. But for any thriller to sustain the interest, it needs to engage us consistently. The director falters here.
After creating much ado about the villain’s identity, the final reveal turns out to be lukewarm.
‘Thimmarusu’ has some interesting scenes. But with too many unnecessary twists, and its attempt to be over-smart, the film doesn’t make an engaging watch.
Satyadev as an intelligent lawyer does ‘justice’ to his role. The less said about the actress Priyanka Jawalkar the better. Brahmaji has played a comedy role. The villain who played the role of Vali is ineffective. Ankith Koyya is okay.
The film has low-standard technical output, Nothing much to talk about it. Shravan Koppisetty’s work is mediocre.
Bottom line: ‘Thimmarusu’ is a weak thriller, with few engaging moments. Over build-up, unconvincing villain, and unnecessary twists mar it. Low-quality making is another drawback.
By: Jalapathy Gudelli
Cast: Satyadev, Priyanka Jawalkar, Ajay, Brahmaji, Adarsh Balakrishna
Music Director: Sri Charan Pakala
Cinematography: Appu Prabhakar
Producers: Srujan Yerrabolu, Mahesh Koneru
Director: Saran Koppisetty
Release date: July 30, 2021