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There could be spoilers, depending on how eager you are, so read with caution.I donno what came over me to go watch this movie on Saturday. I had read reviews of it being “brilliant” that I got looped into going to the movies – paying a hefty $11 and watching it.
My first shock was going a few minutes late and seeing half the seats empty! That should’ve been my cue. The second shock was that I was mistakenly under the impression that it was about cops, and murder. No, it was about r – a – p – e, murder, a hint of sexual preferences, and gory details to boot.
I HATE the whole r – a – p – e thing. It’s a heinous crime and robs the victim of dignity, one that’s been over-used by moviedom. I suffered enough of such celluloid crap in the 80’s, and to see it played over now again, was plain sickening. I watch Law&Order SVU, CI, CSI and such genre. Yes, there’s some amount of molestation of varying degrees, but the crime is never shown explicitly. It’s the after that’s what’s important. The solving of the crime and bringing the person responsible to justice is what the average reader cares about. If the deed was to be highlighted, we all know where to go.
They show crime scenes, dead bodies, n – u – d – e dead bodies, bloody hands, blood in different shades, skeletons, maggots, little pinkies tied to strings with lemons and green chillies and hung at thresholds. Thankfully, sepia, black and white, and different editing skills do a fine mash of such glories. [on an aside, I had the rock lady’s son all of 9 years sitting next to me watching with intensity translating the language and story in his head, as I cringe at every thing I deem inappropriate for him! People, there’s a reason why movie ratings are there in the first place!]
This was a desi CSI. Kamal’s analytical skills, and instincts are played upon and yes, there is a fair amount of logic involved in unravelling the mystery. The psychopath and his sidekick are overplayed. Daniel [he plays officer in kaaka kaaka, and its telugu version] is made to rant and rave, with long hair masking any emotion the poor guy showed on his face. The scene where they face-off is good, though too wordy. It was bloody too. Frankly, the movie should’ve gotten over after that scene. Fast forward the songs [yes, we have songs in a thriller movie] and we could’ve wrapped up in an 1.45mts. Perfect.
The cameraman had a blast, and he is the saving grace when capturing incidents. New York looked gorgeous. Absolutely. That was a fine element along with the background score when they show NY in all its splendor, the nightlife, the lights, and the crowds. Fall colors are vibrant on desi screen :-)
Kamalhassan looks good as his real self. The king of makeup and disguises/costumes [beat only by Raven Simone] notched it down to be his usual middle-aged self. He does his role well. I mean, frankly, the character couldn’t afford melodrama, and he played it to the tee. As a cop with a smart gun in hand, he did use quite a bit of brawn dealing with thugs. A few fight scenes were un-necessary.
Jyothika is her pretty self, crying appropriately and doing her thing. Her character’s baggage made some amount of sense, but I truly and literally rolled my eyes when pompous K says to her “inda nimishattulendu neeyum Maya, ennodiya sothhu” [from this moment, you and maya belong to me] and Jo has a smug shy smile on her face! What the heck?
Prakashraj is an amazing actor, and he does a remarkable job as a father discovering his daughter’s dead body. Kamalini is very attractive, though why she appears and disappears so hastily is anyone’s guess.
It’s a good movie if you
- a die-hard Kamal/Gautham fan.
- have never seen/read a single detective fiction movie/book
Otherwise, the movie is just okay.
and oh, the few times Kamal’s phone rang, I was qute startled, and hurriedly dug through my bag for my phone. He had the same ring tone as I did. ‘hello moto’ was quite bizarre. Just so you know, Ive changed mine to a standard one.