Synopsis: A group of girls go to shoot a short film in a hill station, but is shocked when they learn that a girl whom they had met there had actually died a year ago. What’s worse, the ghost of that girl possesses one of them!
Review: The pre-release buzz around Thiraikku Varaadha Kadhai has mostly centred around a lesbian angle in the film, but that proves to be counter-productive. One, this reveals the mystery in the film. Two, you imagine a film that talks about a lesbian relationship to be edgy, but the actual film, in fact, makes you feel as if you have been transported back in time by 20-25 years. Director Thulaseedas seems to be stuck in the 90s and so does his film. Right from the flat filmmaking to the corny dialogues that seem to have been translated into Tamil from another language (“Tamil kalaacharan indha prabhandhathilirundhu kedaicha periya gift”) and bad line readings, tacky VFX and patchy makeup, the film feels dated and how!
Nevertheless, the premise, despite being somewhat generic, could have made for an entertaining B-movie. Sophia (Ineya) and her friends go to a hill station to shoot a short film as part of their college project. Their heroine gets hurt, and they use Rehana (Eden), the girl whom they had met at the place, for the role. But upon their return, they are shocked to learn that Rehana is actually Merlin John and she has been dead for a year! And when Merlin possesses Sophia, her friends reach out to SP Deepika (Nadhiya), who tries to crack the mystery behind Merlin’s death. And it involves someone close to Sophia!
But instead of giving us scenes that heighten the suspense over Merlin’s killer, Thulaseedas and his writers give us crass comedy featuring Harathi and Kovai Sarala that are downright unfunny. Loud comedy can be fun, but what we get here is just loudness. And the characters are hardly given any depth, that we never care for them. Most importantly, the film is also irresponsible in a way because it furthers the negative stereotyping of LGBTs as persons with low moral values and murderers.