Maheshinte Prathikaram was a light-hearted, feel-good movie without any typical feel-good ingredients of commercial cinema, narrated in a realistic way with very natural blends of humor. With Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, director Dileesh Pothan once again proves that he is a director to look forward to, and someone with a signature narrative style.
The film starts with a beautiful song in a similar way as Maheshinte Prathikaram, and the song develops over scenes showing the budding love affair between two main characters (played by Suraj Venjaramoodu and Nimisha Sajayan). The film soon cuts to incidents that happen a few months later - The lovers are married now and as they struggle to settle with some farming experiments in a village of Northern Kerala, the golden chain of the girl gets stolen during a bus journey. The thief (played by Fahadh Faasil) was sitting just behind her in the bus, and he coolly swallows the chain when caught. Rest of the film mostly is set in the premises of a police station, and we see how the couple hope and wait for retrieving their precious possession.
I enjoyed the gentle touches of humor that is there throughout the narrative, and the way Dileesh brings out those touches in a very natural way. Like his earlier movie, he has cast newcomers in all the roles (mostly those of police officers) except for the key roles done by Suraj, Fahadh and Alencier, and they all perform without even a trace of amateurism, making us feel like being in that police station for the duration of the movie. Nimisha Sajayan is expressive, and I think she is a great find by the director like Aparna Balamurali of Maheshinte Prathikaram.