There’s an annual temple festival in the town that’s coming up and unable to bear the usual drunk antics of a guy, his wife and mother complain to the cops and request them to take him into their custody and release him only after the festival is over. So the cops make him run errands around the police station, like bringing drinking water from a nearby area every day. He becomes a part of the local police station for a few days and is witness to everything that happens there.
When a film features such simple and relatable slice of life moments how can one usually go wrong in terms of connecting to the audience? Actor By Sethumadhavan NDileesh Pothan, who made a smashing debut as filmmaker with Maheshinte Prathikaaram last year, now returns with Fahadh Faasil for his second film, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum which promises to be another interesting realistic tale.
The plot kicks off, the lines are quite clear. Here is a couple, Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu) and Sreeja (Nimisha Sajayan), struggling to start their life together in Kasaragod, after fleeing from their home at Vaikom, following their inter-caste marriage. During a bus journey, a thief (Fahadh Fazil) steals her gold chain, which they were planning to sell out of desperation. But, from the time the victim and culprit reach the police station, where much of the film is set, the lines blur and the audience are caught in a dilemma.
Thondimuthalum is a companion piece to that first film, which was a revenge drama shorn of all hatred, and filled with humour. It becomes a call against easy judgements in an era of mob justice and summary executions. It becomes a call for peace, love, and understanding. Dileesh Pothan has scored two winners in a row.