'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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