Cast: Karthi, Jyothika, Sathyaraj, Sowcar Janaki
Director Jeethu Joseph is known to weave family emotions and thriller seamlessly into a realistic plot and is back with another family thriller, Thambi, starring Karthi, Jyothika, Sathyaraj in lead. Lacking the sharp writing and the quick phase of his previous family thriller Drishiyam, a good story is what saves this otherwise average film.
Vicky played by Karthi plays a conman by profession who changes identity by the day. By charm or cleverness, he uses whatever works best to his advantage to swindle the unsuspecting target. His current project is playing Saravanan, a long lost son of a wealthy political family who resides in Ooty. Enter the family – Parvathy (Jyotika) politician father Gnanamoorthy (Sathyaraj), mother (Seetha) and grandmother (Sowcar Janaki) all who waited for Saravanan’s return for 15 long years.
A not-so-convinced sister, a suspicious police officer friend, a lover, a paralyzed grandmother who knows the truth, and in middle of all that an anonymous thug set to kill the family, will Vicky be able to pull off this scam? What happened to the real Saravanan? Will he show up? Who wants Vicky dead and why? All these questions will be answered by the end of Jeethu Jospeh yet another family thriller.
The long con gets you as entangled and leaves you rather distracted than curious. The storytelling leads you into assuming cliches but the final big reveal is worth the sit through. Jothika’s presence in the movie is feeble in contrary to the title of the movie that emphasis on a brother-sister relationship. However we see a calmer and a more subtle side of her acting in this movie. It’s a delight to watch Sowkar Janki return to big screens and Karthi charms his usual way in a character that he is used to playing.
Verdict: An outdated family thriller that is worth a one time watch.