Tiyaan Review : when a relevant story became a mediocre movie
The anti Godmen them of the new movie Tiyaan is something that needs to be appreciated because of its relevance in the present political climate. It was said to be a crisscross of genres and in a way it is that. But the weightage they have attributed was on the wrong ratio. Because of that this predictable self-exploration journey isn’t that overwhelming for us as viewers.
A God Man Mahashay Bhaghavan is planning to start his Ashram at a remote place in North India. A Malayalee Brahmin Pattabhiraman who has a great pedigree has been living there for a long time and him along with many others in that village were asked to leave because of the arrival of the Ashram. His fight against Mahashay and how a man named Aslan Muhammed becomes an integral part in this jourzney is what Tiyaan telling us.
The politics that stands against the whole God Man business is something we should appreciate in this film. But the way these agendas were presented on the silver screen is the problem here. From the beef related issues to the fight over the authority to live in India, Tiyaan touches all those sensitive issues but can’t make it a part of its journey towards that climax. Murali Gopy and Arun Kumar Aravind combo’s movies used to make us thrill because of the way they etches out characters. But here that grip isn’t there. The story of Tiyaan is not something that we cannot say as a one liner. The texture beyond the mere revenge is something that goes missing here.
Freshness in terms of treatment is something that Jiyen Krishnakumar can’t bring in to the table. You can easily predict the story at least 15-30 minutes prior to the things that happen on screen. A part of the blame should be given to the screenplay for being peripheral in exploring characters. Aslan Mohammed has a past that needed to be unraveled in a much more convincing way. We only get to see one side of the character and the other crucial side not being explained well enough causes issues. The character interconnections are a little too dramatic here. Satheesh Kurup has done a really fabulous job in visualizing this saga. The background score was only an okay one.
The younger version of Aslan Mohammed is something that is in the comfort zone of Prithviraj. The effort he had to take was for the salt n pepper Aslan who carried wisdom in every breath and the actor was somewhat convincing in that aspect. Indrajith nicely handles the ups and downs of Pattabhiraman. Murali Gopy in his usual style manages to add that graceful crookedness to the antagonist. The elaborate cast has many other names and they all had very minimal screen time.
As mentioned in the beginning, Tiyaan has an agenda that has a positive side. But the packaging of that thought in to a clichéd revenge drama rather than a delightful journey of self-exploration causes issues and ends up being that could have been kind of movie.
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