Director: Shakti Soundar Rajan
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Nivetha Pethuraj, Jayaprakash, Ramesh Thilak and Arjunan
After impressing and showing promise as a filmmaker to look out for with films such as Naaigal Jaakirathai and Miruthan, writer-director Sakthi Soundar Rajan returns with Tik Tik Tik, a race-against-time thriller set in space, and he leaves a mark with this ambitious effort which could’ve been so much more. Within the commercial space, Tik Tik Tik works as a solid masala entertainer but the moment you see it through the prism as a space thriller, you’d be slightly disappointed with the overall output. Nevertheless, it takes guts to tread a never before explored path in Indian cinema
The premise is simple. When an asteroid is due to strike earth in seven days and it could wreak havoc, the Indian army puts together a team and sends them on a mission into space – to steal a missile (which could be used to blast the asteroid out of the orbit) from a Chinese space station. Jayam Ravi, an escape artist cum magician, is roped in to help the core team accomplish their mission.
— Jayam Ravi (@actor_jayamravi) June 21, 2018
Tik Tik Tik is elevated by great visuals, especially the VFX, and one can’t expect more considering the budget constraints. If there’s one department where the film really shines, it has to be in mesmerizing the viewers with some breathtaking shots in space. Despite defying logic and physics in some scenes, you’re in awe of the visuals and the team deserves much praise for the effort. Imman’s music is also a big plus in Tik Tik Tik, which also explores the relationship between Jayam Ravi and his real son Aarav in the most heartwarming fashion. Scenes between them work beautifully, particularly through the song Kurumba.
Considering this is Tamil cinema’s maiden attempt at making a space-based thriller, I don’t see the purpose in nitpicking some issues I had with the film. Agreed, the writing could’ve been handled with much care, but given Shakti Rajan’s repertoire of attempting first-of-its-kind themes for mainstream audiences which deserves encouragement, Tik Tik Tik works decently.