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'Theevandi' review: Tovino impresses in a movie with a strong first half

MollywoodTovino Thomas plays a teenager and an irresponsible adult equally well in ‘Theevandi’, but the film takes an easy route to portraying a smoker's struggle. Sowmya RajendranTovino Thomas seems to be determined to prove his versatility with every film he signs. In debut director Fellini Tp's Theevandi (written by Vini Vishwa Lal), he goes from high school boy with a funky haircut and baby skin to a bearded, irresponsible adult – and never for a moment is he unconvincing. The script, though, doesn't match up to the performer it has on board. Theevandi is about a chain smoker. When Bineesh (Tovino) is born, the midwife believes it is a stillbirth. But his chain-smoking uncle (Sudheesh) blows a few puffs on the newborn's face and the baby cries at last. It's not a particularly creative beginning and we've seen one too many films with such an 'origin' story to explain a character's behaviour.
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Tovino Thomas wraps up shoot for 'Theevandi'

MollywoodThe release date of the film is expected to be announced soon.Digital NativeDigital NativeThe shooting of the Tovino Thomas starrer Theevandi has come to an end and the film has gone into the post production mode full swing. Directed by Felini Tp, the film has been written by Vini Vishwa Lal. It may be noted here that the star had worked with Vini Vishwa Lal earlier in Koothara in which he shared screen space with Mohanlal. Recently, the director revealed that Tovino plays a rustic role and he will be seen as a lazy guy who doesn’t even comb his hair. The film has Chandini Sreedharan playing the female lead with Saiju Kurup, Surabhi Lakshmi and Suraj Venjaramoodu in significant roles. Debut director Felini has set the story in Payyoli and it is touted to be a political satire. The film reportedly went on the floors in November last year and the shooting has been completed at a breakneck speed. Produced by August Cinemas, the film’s music has been composed by Kailas Menon. Appu Bhattathiri will be editing the film. On associating with the production house, August Cinemas for the first time, Tovino had posted on his Facebook page much earlier that it is always fun to be working with friends. With the shooting of Theevandi wrapped up, the film’s release date is expected to be revealed soon. Apart from Theevandi, Tovino has a slew of films in his kitty including Aami, in which he will be playing a cameo, Maradona, Luka, Chengezhi Nambiar, Hano 3D, Oru Kuprasidha Payyan etc. Tovino is all set to make his debut in the Tamil film industry with Abhi and Anu and he also has Maari 2, in which he shares screen space with Dhanush, in his kitty. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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