Thadam review: A smart whodunit drama that falters with its sentiment

Thadam is essentially a ‘whodunit drama’. There’s a murder. Money gets stolen. With a key piece of evidence, the police narrow down a suspect. What if there were a look alike? Thadam’s plot is structured like a maze, similar to its title design. The suspense beautifully builds up until intermission. Is it Ezhil or is it Kavin? (Arun Vijay plays a dual role) Is the murder about money? The parts that follow the investigation in Thadam are the strongest. At every breakthrough, there is a development that brings the police back to square one. Magizh Thirumeni takes extra care to ensure that the audience is kept on tenterhooks and it works, until the end.

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