Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||Vineeth Sreenivasan|
|Produced by||Manoj Menon|
|Screenplay by||Rakesh Mantodi|
|Story by||Rakesh Mantodi|
|Music by||Shaan Rahman|
|Cinematography||Jomon T. John|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||LJ Films & Tricolor Entertainments. Europe - Indian Movies UK Ltd.|
|113 minutes .|
Thira (English: Wave) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam thriller film directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan and scripted by his cousin Rakesh Mantodi. It stars Shobana 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. Thira is a Malayalam movie to introduce the concept of casting director.
The story is set in Karnataka and Goa. Dr. Rohini Pranab( Shobhana), a cardiac surgeon, who gives shelter to destitute girls, is the target of a group of criminals indulging in illegal human trafficking. The girls from her home are taken away by a gang, who also kidnaps the sister of a youth named Naveen( Dhyan Sreenivasan), right in front of his eyes. Now the two are doing all that they can do to trace the criminals along with Rohini's friends who later face some hardships. Both of them at last identify the secret place where the trafficked girls are kept and release them with the wise advice from Rohini and action from Naveen.
- Shobhana as Dr. Rohini Pranab
- Dhyan Sreenivasan as Naveen
- Sijoy Varghese as Cabinet Minister Alex
- Deepak Parambol as Deepak
- Gaurav Vasudev as Kidnapper
- Amritha Anil as Rhea
- Janan Jacob as Bank Manager
- Apoorva Bose (Voice for Amritha Anil)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Shaan Rahman chronology|
|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".
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.
The film was an official selection for the following film festivals:
- Gwinnett Center International Film Festival - International Competition section.
- Best Actress - Shobhana
- Best Debut Actor - Dhyan Sreenivasan
- On the trail of a mystery
- Thira review
- "Kerala Box-Office – October/November". Sify. 27 November 2013.
- "Kerala Box-Office – December 1 to 9". Sify. 10 December 2013.
- "Vanitha Film Awards 2014". keralatv.in. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.