Director Blessy made his debut with the film Kaazcha starring Mammotty. Though the film had some excellent songs, we could not bear the film and had to quit midway. Now his second film Tanmatra starring Mohanlal is out and the verdict is not that great.
The simplicity of narration may surprise you and the languorous pace may leave you numb. It is brave of Blessy to not care about any trend or any stereotypes. He seems to have gained immense confidence from the success of his first film, which can be termed as middle-of-the-road, and has this time tried to make something that is bordering on the ‘arty’.Even the songs don’t have any commercial prospects. For a lay viewer, the film may turn out to be very heavy. The film is for connoisseurs. [‘Tanmatra’ is for connoisseurs]
Reports from Kerala suggest that the film had a very small opening in various theatres which is unusual for a Mohanlal film.
However, Blessy is not consistent in blending the scenes with sensitivity. His portrayals of the harshness of the World go to the extremes, and are nearly unbelievable. The scene of farewell program that the secretariat employees organize for Rameshan Nair, is an example. All his colleagues look totally unaffected by Rameshan’s tragedy. His son (don’t know the name of the actor) speaks smartly but there is a touch of artificiality when he dictates the retirement application for his father. It looked like the audience were getting affected by this, and they were taking these scenes as comic and laughing loudly. In a later scene, the director kills a character called Joseph (Jagathi). Probably he wanted to portray Human Tragedy, but I felt that this was totally out of place. [Thanmathra]