Thithi movie review: Most of the cast is non-professional, and the plot originates from the soil


A wizened old man, over a hundred years and counting, suddenly keels over and dies. And sets into motion an absurdist comedy of manners which uses death to make gentle yet stinging points about life. Director Raam Reddy’s first feature borrows some of its quirky quality from Emir Kusturica and Frederico Fellini, as it tracks the impact of the death on the family of the aptly-named Century Gowda : the vagabond elder son Gadappa ( Channegowda), the much-in-need-of-ready-cash other son Thamanna ( Thammegowda), and the layabout grandson Abhi ( Abhishek) whose raging hormones lead him to circle incessantly around a shepherd girl ( Pooja)

The eleventh day ceremony ( thithi) is when many things will come to fruition : Thamanna has had an eye on the family land which he intends to reel in for profit, Abhi is desperate to get his hands on the slippery Pooja, and Gadappa wants only to continue being a meandering ministrel.

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