Thira (film)

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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byVineeth Sreenivasan
Produced byManoj Menon
Screenplay byRakesh Mantodi
Vineeth Sreenivasan
Story byRakesh Mantodi
Music byShaan Rahman
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Distributed byLJ Films & Tricolor Entertainments. Europe - Indian Movies UK Ltd.
Release date
  • 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14)
Running time
113 minutes .[1]

Thira (English: Wave) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam thriller film directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan and scripted by his cousin Rakesh Mantodi.[2] 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.[3] Thira was announced to be the first installment in a trilogy of thriller films.[4] 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.[5]

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.[3] 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.[6]


The story is set in Karnataka and Goa.[2][3] 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.



Soundtrack album by
ProducerManoj Menon
Shaan Rahman chronology
Hotel California

The film's soundtrack is composed by Shaan Rahman. Lyrics are penned by Anu Elizabeth jose

1."Theerathe Neelunne"Vineeth Sreenivasan3:40
2."Thazhvaaram"Hesham & Neha Nair5:05
3."Nithya Sahaya Nadhe"Neha Nair5:14
4."Thaazhe Nee Tharame"Sachin Warrier, Job Kurian, Sayanora2:50
5."Thazhvaaram"Neha Nair2:52

Critical reception[edit] 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."[7] 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." [8] 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".[9] described the film as average, "an okay one-time watch", while pointing out inspirations from the 2007 film, Trade.[10] The New Indian Express wrote, "Thira is a satisfying thriller carried successfully by lead actress Shobhana".[11]

Box office[edit]

Sify stated that Thira "opened well",[12] but was "an average grosser" at the end of its run.[13]


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....".[2] 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.[3]

Festival screenings[edit]

The film was an official selection for the following film festivals:

  • Gwinnett Center International Film Festival - International Competition section.


Vanitha Film Awards[14]
  • Best Actress - Shobhana
Asianet Film Awards
  • Best Debut Actor - Dhyan Sreenivasan


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  2. ^ a b On the trail of a mystery
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  4. ^ Thira review
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  12. ^ "Kerala Box-Office – October/November". Sify. 27 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Kerala Box-Office – December 1 to 9". Sify. 10 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Vanitha Film Awards 2014". 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.

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