|Directed by||Vineeth Sreenivasan|
|Screenplay by||Rakesh Mantodi|
|Story by||Rakesh Mantodi|
|Produced by||Manoj Menon|
|Cinematography||Jomon T. John|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Music by||Shaan Rahman|
|113 minutes .|
Thira (English: Wave) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language Mystery-thriller drama film directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan and scripted by his cousin Rakesh Mantodi. It stars Shobana Pillai alongside debutant Dhyan Sreenivasan in the lead roles. The film was produced by Manoj Menon under the banner ReelsMagic and distributed by LJ Films. Thira was announced to be the first installment in a trilogy of thriller films. According to Srinivasan, the film was inspired from the book The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam.
The film marks the debut of Vineeth Sreenivasan's younger brother Dhyan Sreenivasan and also the return of actress Shobana to Malayalam cinema after almost a decade. It was filmed by Jomon T. John and has music composed by Shaan Rahman. Principal photography of the film took place in Hyderabad, Chennai, Belgaum and Goa. It was released on 14 November 2013. The film was screened in IFFK 2013. Dinesh Prabhakar was the casting director for the movie and it's the first movie that introduced the concept of casting director in Malayalam movie.
The story is set in Karnataka and Goa states in India. Dr. Rohini Pranab, a busy cardiac surgeon, also rescues and shelters destitute and trafficked girls in a home she runs. One day, her girls are kidnapped by an illegal human trafficking ring. Rohini is charged with illegal trafficking after the kidnap of the girls and the news hits all major newspapers. A youth named Naveen also loses his sister to the same gang when she is kidnapped, right in front of his eyes. Rohini and Naveen meet due to similar circumstances and decide to rescue the girls before they are drugged and raped by high profile clients during a party organised by a mining group. Rohini's friends also try to help, but the gang is well connected, well coordinated and a step ahead of them always.
By opening the bank locker of Pranab Ray, Rohini's husband, an investigative journalist who was killed by this very same gang, they get clues to the whereabouts of the girls, but his hard disk with the information is stolen when Rohini is kidnapped while coming out of the bank. Rohini escapes from the kidnappers car who drive away with Pranab's file and hard disk. Rohini remembers the photograph in Pranab's file and they figure out the place where the girls are. They then proceed to Goa to rescue the girls.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Shaan Rahman chronology|
The film's soundtrack is composed by Shaan Rahman. Lyrics are penned by Anu Elizabeth jose
|1.||"Theerathe Neelunne"||Vineeth Sreenivasan||3:40|
|2.||"Thazhvaaram"||Hesham & Neha Nair||5:05|
|3.||"Nithya Sahaya Nadhe"||Neha Nair||5:14|
|4.||"Thaazhe Nee Tharame"||Sachin Warrier, Job Kurian, Sayanora||2:50|
Nowrunning.com remarked that "Vineeth Sreenivasan's Thira is a thoughtful exploration of a theme that is often discussed in hushed whispers. It's quite resolute in its objective, is extremely detailed, is involving for its most part and is charmingly acted as well." Oneindia.in rated it 4 out of 5 and says "Here comes a movie which stands apart from the rest of Malayalam films, which entertains the viewers from start to end and makes us crave for more. Yes, Thira by Vineeth Sreenivasan is a well directed, well acted, engaging movie which can be termed as paisa vasool." The Times of India gave 3 stars out of 5 and mentioned "The narrative of the film moves at a steady pace despite the predictability that comes along with it". Sify.com described the film as average, "an okay one-time watch", while pointing out inspirations from the 2007 film, Trade. The New Indian Express wrote, "Thira is a satisfying thriller carried successfully by lead actress Shobhana".
Sify stated that Thira "opened well", but was "an average grosser" at the end of its run.
Thira is announced to be the first of the trilogy thriller series by Vineeth Sreenivasan. Vineeth wrote on his official blog, "Thira is not one film. It's a trilogy. If everything goes well by god's grace, Part 1 will be releasing in 2013. Part 2 and Part 3 will follow....". Vineeth also revealed that Thira 2 will have a popular young actor of Mollywood in lead role and he will also star in Thira 3, along with Shobana, who played the lead in Thira. The sequel is planned to be more character oriented, rather than being an extension of Thira. It is confirmed by Vineeth that Thira 2 will be focusing more on the character, Amar and the part of Dhyan is over with the first film. However, Vineeth confirmed that the sequel didn't materialize due to several reasons.
The film was an official selection for the following film festivals: