The film also denounces the apathy of society to the evils that surround it. In one scene, Naveen asks, “How do people get away with such things in public?” Rohini replies, “Everyone has eyes, but many are blind to things that don’t concern them.” Actor-danseuse Shobana essays a powerful role as a woman who has to clear her dead husband’s name –he dies in custody after being arrested for paedophilia—and also rescue the girls who have been abducted from her shelter.
With eyes that flash fire and a body language that oozes confidence, she takes on the persona of an avenging angel, a Demeter who travels to the seedy underbelly of the country to recover her lost Persephones from the clutches of Hades, king of the underworld - a composite of rich, influential and powerful men and their pimps. Dhyan, the younger son of actor Sreenivasan and brother of the director, Vineeth Sreenivasan, makes a promising debut as the desperate young man with a 24-hour deadline to find his sister before she disappears into the murky depths of the traffickers’ world.
The plot is obviously inspired by movies like 'Taken', “Eastern Promises” and “Kahaani”. The pace does not lag and Vineeth Sreenivasan, the director, is able to maintain the tempo throughout.
The background score captures the mood perfectly. Vineeth is becoming better at his craft, and his desire to try different genres is commendable. He deserves praise for creating a character like Rohini, a character that is hard to find in Malayalam movies. She is an embodiment of shakthi, the female goddess of Hindu mythology who incarnates to rid the world of evil. But she is also the Madonna, whose heart overflows with love for her adopted daughters.
The film was inspired by Sunitha Krishnan of Prajwala NGO and others like her. Sunitha, a gangrape victim at the age of 15, works with trafficked children and women. Thira is the first of a trilogy and so we can expect to see more of the gifted Shobana, which is a good thing.