banner: Bay view
Form: Ajith Kumar, Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani, John Kokken, Pavani Reddy, Ajay and others
director of photography: Nirav Shah
Editor: Vijay Velukutty
Producer: Boney Kapoor
Written and directed by: H Vinoth
Date of publication: January 11, 2023
The first movie of 2023 is Ajith’s “Tegimpu” which is a dubbed version of Thunivu. The film did not create much hype in Telugu, but as it is Ajith’s film and the director’s previous work, the film buffs made sure to watch out.
Let’s look at the highs and lows.
In Visakhapatnam, a gangster and his henchmen plan to rob the “Your Bank” but discover that another gang, led by a mysterious man known only as “Darkdevil” (Ajith), has taken over the bank and her holds customers.From the outside, his companion Ramani (Manju Warrior) assists him.
There are 25,000 crores in rupees that the chairman of the bank has hidden there.
On the other hand, the Police Commissioner (Samuthirakani) tries to come up with a plan to arrest Darkdevil. The agent soon realizes that the Darkdevil’s goal is not to steal the money, but to smear the bank’s name. Why?
Performances by artists:
Ajith Kumar shows off his swagger. There’s not much to do except show off his style and star power, which he does in spades.
It’s great to see senior actress Manju Warrier get the chance to pull off action stunts, but her character seems underdeveloped. It is unclear if Ajith and Manju are friends or a romantic couple.
It’s great to have John Kokken as chairman of the bank. Samuthirakani and Ajay both do a routine job in their roles.
The film has stunning cinematography, especially in the sea action scenes.
Nirav Shah contributes his expertise to give the frames a rich value. However, the artwork is not exceptional. The sofa set is a bit tacky.
Ghibran’s background music is ok, but the two songs are forgettable. Despite the fact that the editor cuts the film at breakneck speed, the length of the film feels bloated.
Lack of emotional weight
Errors in the screenplay
The later parts
“Tegimpu” (the dubbed version of “Thunivu”) starts off as a heist thriller, as seen in the trailer. We even get the impression that we are initially watching some episodes of the “Money Heist” web series. Ajith is portrayed as an anti-hero out to steal the money, and he makes the sequences entertaining with his cool swagger and screen presence.
The first half of the movie moves at a breakneck pace, with no indication of what the plot is about. Ajith’s Michael Jackson dance moves and dialogues continue, possibly to entice his regular fans.
The movie shifts gears in the second half and reveals the hero’s true mission. We get to see a story similar to what Shankar did early in his career. The hero denouncing bank fraud and showing how people are cheated in the name of various bank schemes is the main highlight of the second half. The basic message it conveys is positive.
However, it gives too much information and the story feels jumbled and dragged on in many places. The narration should have been clearer in this case. There is also no emotional connection. The backstory of Ajith and Manju Warrier is also unclear. It looks like something out of a gangster drama.
The later parts have a déjà vu feeling.
Overall, “Tegimpu” is a total mess with no storyline, no emotion, and no hit factor. It failed in every way and the movie remains a big thumbs down in Ajith’s career.
What it comes down to: Forgettable