Story: An orphaned — and unnamed — roadside singer (Adithya) comes across a slum where children are being sexually abused by the local pimp Veluchamy (Gopikrishna). With the help of Gowri (Gowri), a journalist, he rescues the children. He becomes a messiah of sorts for destitutes. But his good deeds have their own repercussions…
Movie Review :”There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap, and then there’s us.” Billy Beane, the character played by Brad Pitt in ‘Moneyball’, utters these words to explain the dismal state that his baseball team is in. Now, replace ‘rich teams and poor teams’ with ‘good films and bad films’ and he could be talking about ‘Thoothuvan’. The film is such a pathetic piece of work that, in fact, if it were a baseball team, even Beane would have felt happy that his team was better.
The film wants to be a message-oriented one that talks about human suffering but it only makes the viewer suffer with its sense of in-your-face righteousness and complete ineptness in terms of filmmaking. We are presented with incident after sickening incident (badly staged, and even badly acted) that after a point, nothing (no, not even a gang rape of an unfortunate teenage girl) feels shocking or revolting. On the contrary, what it does is provoke your anger, at the callous and naive manner in which the film (and the filmmaker) goes about its business.
For a film dealing with the plight of the underprivileged and abuse of children, issues which require a certain amount of sensitivity in handling, ‘Thoothuvan’ is crude, half-baked in thought and execution, terribly exploitative (even the term poverty porn doesn’t fully describe its manipulative mechanisms) and vomit-inducing. After being subjected to such torture, one can’t help but wish that the director would have, in fact, done some good if he donated the money spent on making this sorry excuse of a film to the poor and needy, whose causes he wants to highlight.