I think the rating it has got is an injustice to a story so masterfully crafted. The script is especially brilliant and flawless in this movie. The whole host of characters and plots it presents can get convoluted at points but that’s where it shines and it does not over simply the narration. There are some good laughs in the movie. Tovino’s and Balu Varghese’s acting stands out.
The story is really imaginative and evocative, although it meanders a bit it is really worth following as it delivers at the end and does not leave any loose ends(which is a hard feat considering how many plots and characters there are). The climax brings back a now forgotten art form of mass comedy fighting to Malayalam to hilarious effect. I definitely feel like this is an under appreciated movie that can turn into a cult classic in the future. KUDOS Dominic Arun!!!. I see a brilliant script writer and director in the making
There’s definitely novelty in Dominic Arun’s debut feature film that boasts of art more than a solid narrative. Tharangam is hugely experimental in nature as you have a God, among others, as a character who is quirky enough to keep you hooked. Primary characters Pappan and Joy – cops in suspension – get embroiled in a mess when they try to earn some quick cash. And it is up to the God and the cops themselves to get them out of the confusion. Things are always going wrong in this film that relies heavily on its characters’ eccentricities than the actual story. While the first half is bearable and sets you up with more to look forward to, the second half chugs on and on without a tinkle of fun. There are so many elements crammed into this half that you lose track of the events and end up drowning in your chair. Both Tovino Thomas and Balu Varghese are great, but the rest of the cast, excluding Unni Mukundan, put up a very bad show. It’s the direction that diminishes their performances as Arun seems to be focusing only on the lead stars. Santhy Balachandran has nothing else to do other than shouting while co-star Neha Iyer considers shouting her profession. Tharangam is a good effort at bringing in unconventional filmmaking in Malayalam cinema, but as a whole it is still a failed attempt.