Watched #Thithi, the much talked about Kannada film that was raved at various International film festivals and has won several awards (Locarno International Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Bengaluru International Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Pune International Film Festival, 63rd National Film Awards, Karnataka State Film Awards). Undoubtedly, ‘Thithi‘ is one of the greatest films that Indian cinema has witnessed in the recent years.
Thithi is a realistic dramedy film that speaks about how three generations of sons react to the death of the oldest in their clan, a man named Century Gowda: a locally renowned 101-year-old man. What happens when the three main characters (Gadappa, Thamanna, Abhi) react to the situation in the next 11 days until the Thithi of their great-grandfather forms the crux of the story.
Unlike other ‘Alternate films’ which are aimed only winning awards, Thithi is a film that can be enjoyed by any type of audience. It entertains, it provokes your thought and it does not fail to touch your emotions too. The film has no songs, no background score in most scenes and the cast is full of non-professional actors from villages in Karnataka.
What makes Thithi so authentic and believable is its characters and extra-ordinary casting. Without such a perfect casting, the impact might not have been this great! The film shows a lot of hard-hitting truths subtly, the screenplay treatment and the characterization is what makes it much more engrossing. The humour weaved in every other scene with an uncompromising honesty towards the script is something highly commendable.
Towards the end, Thithi does not have any preaching for its audience, there is no forced conclusion, there is no ‘Good / Bad’ justification! The film ends in such a way meaning that ‘Life goes on’.
Films like Thithi and director Raam Reddy are an immense pride for our industry. It is a ‘must watch’ film, a film that should be cherished and treasured!
Rating – 4.75/5
Review by: Rahman
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