|Directed by||Fellini T. P.|
|Written by||Vini Vishwa Lal|
|Music by||Kailas Menon|
|Edited by||Appu Bhattathiri|
|Distributed by||August Cinema|
|7 September 2018|
Theevandi (lit.: Train, Malayalam: തീവണ്ടി) is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language political satire film directed by debutant Fellini T. P. and written by Vini Vishwa Lal. The film stars Tovino Thomas, Samyuktha Menon, Sudheesh, Surabhi Lakshmi, Rajesh Sharma, Suraj Venjarammoodu and Shammi Thilakan. Principal photography began on November 2017 and ended in around January 2018. Kailas Menon composed the music and Appu Bhattathiri was the editor. The film was released on 7 September 2018.
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The story takes place in the fictional village of Pullinad. Damodaran, a resident of Pullinad, is unable to take his pregnant wife to the hospital due to heavy rain and the rebellion following the murder of Rajiv Gandhi. His wife's brother(referred to as Ammavan by the protagonist and his friends) arranges for a midwife. Although he was initially against it, Damodaran later agrees. However the child dies causing great disappointment to Damodaran. He places the child on a table and goes to see his wife whose condition has worsened. Ammavan, a chain smoker, blows the smoke at the dead child which leads to its survival. The child is named Bineesh. As a child Bineesh buys cigarettes for his uncle as he gets to buy something using the balance amount. When he becomes a teenager he is prompted by his friend Safar to smoke a cigarette which eventually leads to him getting addicted to it. He is caught in the school for smoking due to a foolish statement made by Safar and is asked to bring his parents. He decides to bring his uncle. That night while going to meet his uncle he sees a packet of cigarette and decides to smoke one. He moves out and smokes peacefully. However he gets mistaken for a thief by 2 police constables and is taken to police station where everyone gets to know about his secret. As time passes he is addicted and gets the title of Theevandi (chainsmoker, colloquially). As time passes, his elder sister gets married to Vijith, a BSCL (Bharatiya Socialist Congress League) party member and he falls in love with his childhood friend Devi. Devi is the daughter of Madhu, an active BSCL member. He is against the affair of his daughter with Bineesh but later relents on the condition that Bineesh reduces his smoking.
Devi belongs to a different caste and has a different thaali(holy thread tied around the bride's neck that marks the marriage). Bineesh who buys it is asked by Devi to show it to her father. After forgetting several times, he decides to bring the thaali in a cigarette packet, which he is sure he'll not forget. However this breaks Devi's heart which leads to their break up.
Meanwhile Ammavan and Safar are shown to frequently visit Edison Thuruthu (Edison's Island) which is hinted at being a haven for drunkards and hippies. Bineesh is frustrated and decides to smoke 16 packets of cigarette at a time creating a new world record. The MLA's Nepali driver, Sanju, gives the money for the cigarettes confusing everyone. Meanwhile while driving the car with the MLA, it is revealed that the driver is a victim of the Blue Whale Challenge and is about to commit suicide as his 50th and final task. The car crashes into the building where Bineesh is smoking the cigarettes destroying the video clipping of Bineesh smoking the cigarettes. The MLA falls into a coma while the driver manages to escape. Later that night a tiff happens over the nomination of a BCSL candidate for the by election (since the MLA is in coma they feel that there is no chance of recovery).The majority chooses Madhu while Bineesh demands to nominate his brother in law Vijith. Bineesh who hates Madhu does not want him to be the candidate. Madhu who is an equally shrewd person challenges Bineesh to abstain from smoking till a particular day when the party is organizing a widespread protest in the village by forming a human chain and promises that if Bineesh succeeds in this, he will renounce his claim to the nomination and let Vijith be the sole nominee. Bineesh accepts the challenge.
Madhu hires a network of spies to follow Bineesh. A few of them are asked to stay in his house, and try to make him smoke. Bineesh is able to refrain from smoking for the first few days but soon his body begins to react. One night he sneaks out of the house to smoke a cigarette. However Libash, a spy of Madhu, notices this and climbs the nearby tree to capture a clear video of Bineesh smoking. However there happens to be a large snake on that tree startled by which Libash falls down before Bineesh could light his cigarette. Libash is taken to the hospital and Madhu's spies accompany him. Vijith finds the cigarettes and decides to take Bineesh to Edison thuruthu. Madhu discovers this and informs the party members. Vijith returns to the banks after dropping Bineesh in the island. He puts on an act in front of the party members and takes a spy of Madhu to the island. Meanwhile Bineesh finds that he has been cheated since Edison thuruthu is actually devoid of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. It is inhabited by 2 "hippie-like" musicians Rasputin and Bob Marley, who moved to the island unable to put up with the political drama that happens in Pullinad. Bineesh is unable to leave the island since he can't swim. Safar hires a group of goons to guard the island and wards off Madhu's men who try to smuggle cigarettes to the island on the pretext of meeting Bineesh. After several such failed attempts by Madhu's friends, he approaches Libash for an idea. The person who is nursing Libash after his fall arranges a group of young men who are practitioners of Kalaripayattu.
On the last day, the day of human chain formation, Libash goes with the group and thrashes the goons guarding the banks and reaches to the island in a boat. Upon arrival Libash prompts Bineesh to smoke an imported cigarette. However Bineesh who has learnt to love the world without cigarettes refuses thereby winning the challenge. Vijith becomes happy. But at the last minute a major twist occurs in the form of the MLA's return in a wheelchair to inaugurate the event, shattering the dreams of Vijith. Vijith slips into smoking thereby becoming a new companion for Ammavan. Bineesh and Devi reunite and decide to start a new life.
- Tovino Thomas as Bineesh Damodaran
- Samyuktha Menon as Devi
- Sudheesh as Ammavan
- Surabhi Lakshmi as Secretary Vishalam
- Saiju Kurup as Vijith
- Rajesh Sharma as Damodaran
- Suraj Venjarammoodu as Madhu (Devi's Father)
- Shammi Thilakan as MLA
- Krishna Praba as Secretary
- Bibin Perumbillikunnel as Rasputin Aashan
- Vijilesh as Vijilesh
In November 2017, Tovino Thomas agreed to work with Fellini T. P. on his debut directorial titled Theevandi. Filming which began in November 2017 was wrapped in January 2018. Tovino plays as a chain-smoker in the film. Newcomer Samyuktha Menon played the female lead role.
Fellini said the film is a "coming-of-age drama" and contains smoking scenes almost throughout the film. He said the film is a "feel-good entertainer" rather than a dark comedy despite the presence of cigarette smoking.
The music for the film is composed by Kailas Menon.
|1.||"Jeevamshamayi Thaane"||Kailas Menon||Shreya Ghoshal, K. S. Harisankar||5:23|
|2.||"Thaa Thinnam"||Kailas Menon||Job Kurian||4:20|
|3.||"Maanathe Kanalaali"||Kailas Menon||Kailas Menon, Alphons Joseph||4:46|
|4.||"Oru Theeppettikkum Venda"||Kailas Menon||Anthony Daasan|
|5.||"Vijanatheerame"||Kailas Menon||Nivi Viswalal|
The film originally scheduled to release in May 2018 was postponed to June end. The 29 June 2018 release date was again postponed due to Kerala flood and was released on 7 September 2018.
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