The dark comedy about reliving the last three days of the protagonist’s life in a loop is now available to stream
Last Updated: 05.58 AM, Sep 17, 2022
Back in early 2020, Kannada actor Suneel Raoh was busy planning the release of his comeback film Thurthu Nirgamana, when the pandemic struck and derailed everything. It wasn’t until after the third wave and cinema halls went back to 100 per cent capacity earlier this year that the team decided to bring the film to theatres, all the while steadfastly refusing to give it a direct-to-OTT outing. The visuals of the film, reckoned the team, were meant for a big-screen viewing and releasing it on OTT would be disservice to the efforts of cinematographer Prayag Mukundan.
Thurthu Nirgamana, which literally translates to Emergency Exit, is a fantasy flick, the story of which follows the protagonist who dies unexpectedly and is then given the opportunity to go back in time to three days before his passing. The film is about what one would do when given a chance to relive/change the last few days. The actor took up the project because of its wacky subject, in which he plays Vikram, a laidback guy who does not value time and life, until his death. How he then realizes the value of time and interpersonal relationships forms the crux of the narrative.
Released in theatres on June 24, the film, which also stars Sudharani, Achyuth Kumar, Samyuktha Hegde, Hitha Chandrashekar and Raj B Shetty in pivotal roles, received positive reviews. Prior to the release, Sudharani had said, “I am as excited about Thurthu Nirgamana as I was about my debut film Anand and feel like a newcomer. I have not seen this kind of a film in my career so far and am fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of it.” The actress played the gatekeeper to the portal that allows the protagonists to ‘return to life’.
The film, directed by Hemanth Kumar is now available to stream. The digital rights had been picked up by Amazon Prime Video. Thurthu Nirgamana is available in Kannada with English subtitles.