‘Thumbaa’ Movie Review!

‘Thumbaa’ is all about more naughtiness of ‘tiger’ than being ferocious!

Reviews 21-Jun-2019 5:26 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction: Harish Ram L H
Production: Regal Reels
Cast: Darshan, Keerthi Pandian, KPY Dheena, KPY Bala & Jayam Ravi
Music: Anirudh Ravichander, Vivek-Mervin & Santhosh Dhayanidhi
Cinematography: Naren Elan
Editor: R Kalaivanan

With the interesting promo videos and also with the trailer, ‘Thumbaa’ has been stated to have the genre of a ‘kid’s entertainer’ such that the film’s release had been postponed due to various reasons previously. However finally hitting the screens today, will ‘Thumbaa’ sweep off the collection in the box office this week?


Hari (Darshan) and Umapathy (Dheena) come as painters with a contract in the dense forest location of Top Slip where there is a threat and also serious search for a tiger which has escaped from the border of Kerala’s forests. On the other hand, Varsha (Keerthi Pandian) comes to the same forest in order to click pictures of wildlife which was her great ambition for becoming a wildlife photographer. In such an unexpected meeting of the three and after becoming good friends, Varsha finds something unusual with the forest officials in finding the missing tiger while she goes for capturing pictures. What happens next? What did she find in that dense forest? Will they find ‘Thumbaa’? Will they save the tiger and will Varsha click beautiful pictures of the tiger as she wished? will be revealed in the climax of ‘Thumbaa’!


Starting off with the story of Kerala Forest Department officials finding out the missing of ‘Thumbaa’ (tiger), the screenplay seems to be very flat which looks laid back on the whole. However, as a first try, it is considered for an instance, some logic mistakes like not mentioning tiger name of ‘Thumbaa’, ‘Jayam’ Ravi’s sudden appearance which looks abrupt for a fun song, the climax without giving the tiger back to Kerala Forest Department which should be actually the climax rather getting diverted to the idea of preserving the tiger with the slow moving first half and gradually fast approaching second half etc., Besides that, the film had a descent cinematography, editing, the CG of animals (especially of ‘tiger’ monkey) and also music for which the good efforts were seen on screens.


After ‘Kanaa’, Darshan had tried out to be one of the main characters in this fantasy filled kids’ entertainer such that he had been doing the decent performance for the role he had owed. Introduced as a fresh face through this film, Keerthi Pandian had also performed well attempting till the pass mark instead of scoring the topper’s mark by showing out her passion for performing. Playing the role of a comedian, Dheena had been trying to indulge the wits throughout but in the clear motto of engaging the audience hardly in few instances. Apart from them, the other actors like Ravi Raghavendar, Dharani Vasudev, Bala, George and Kalaiarasan had shown out their level best by playing their respective supporting characters.

What works?

1) The idea of preserving the wildlife and also forests

2) Cinematography and music

3) Engaging second half

What doesn’t work?

1) Slow moving first half

2) Story formation

3) CG sequences

On the whole
‘Thumbaa’ is a good entertainer for making kids engaged and it would have been the complete family entertainer if the logic mistakes were avoided with some more comedy sequences and with proper story formation.

Verdict: ‘Thumbaa’ is all about more naughtiness of ‘tiger’ than being ferocious!

Ratings: 4.5/10

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