Kaalaipani Movie review
Creating murder mysteries is not a simple job. After a considerable gap, a good, polished thriller featuring newcomers has come from a debutante director.
Samvedhana (Vasundhara) and Nasser is an affectionate father-daughter duo. Mature and conscious of her responsible position in the family, Samvedhana is a smart girl who divides her time between college and a select circle of friends. Besides these two key engagements, the kind girl is a volunteer in a city orphanage. Samvedhana is completely dedicated to her service there and also enjoys being part of the organisation's charitable activities. She has also developed a liking for a decent young man, a regular visitor to the orphanage.
As for her relationship with her father, Samvedhana knows the travails and tribulations involved in her father's life very well. She knows the ordeals her father had faced while bringing her up as a single parent. But her father does not feel secure with Samvedhana's pure affection and understanding. Being extremely possessive and protective, he restricts her activities and lays a lot of conditions upon her daily routine. He does not allow her socialize, does not let her stay out till late, etc. After all, the caring father's intention is to protect his dear daughter from the big bad world and all the harmful intrusions that could threaten her safety. "Silly" is how the frustrated Samvedhana describes his well-meaning restrictions. When she loses her temper over these curfew-type rules, frequent quarrels occur between them.
After one such fight, Samvedhana displays her anger, steps out of the house and never returns. A few days later, the city police retrieve the dead body of a young girl. Based on Nasser's complaint about the missing Samvedhana, the police approach him. Nasser confirms the dead body is his daughter's seeing that the outfit on the corpse matches one which Samvedhana had. At the same time, he is not quite sure about her death and is unable to reconcile himself with her passing.
To find the killer, a thorough investigation is launched. Is Samvedhana dead? Is her death connected to the dirty truth she casually came across at the orphanage? Who was the stranger who gave her the disastrous information and whom did she meet during her commute to the orphanage? Were both the same person? Coming to know about the secret, did she embark upon an expedition to expose the truth? Did she get trapped in the trap of the villains responsible for the exploitation in the orphanage? Other than her father, did Samvedhana have any other relatives? Too many shocking truths amerge from the investigation. To experience this scary account of murder and adventure, watch this engrossing thriller and know the final exposure!
Except veteran Nasser and Adhisaya who is two films old, most of the actors in the supporting cast are new faces. But their performances do not look amateur and the screenplay is filled with adequate moments that effectively excite and amuse audiences. Both Nasser and Samvedhana have delivered praiseworthy performances as a pair of affectionate individuals. Their clashes as well as their intimacy look natural and realistic. Adhisaya too has done a neat job!
Director Rajesh Selva's clarity in execution is evident throughout the film. There are no technical tricks and no extra sizzle inserted in the screenplay. The story progresses at its own pace. The narration technique is very novel and appealing. The story is split into separate episodes; each episode, highlighting a particular incident, gives a distinct account that is not essentially sequential. Yet, all of them are suitably linked to the characters and the coherence can be deciphered without much difficulty.
Also, there is a strong element of suspense that fuels the audiences' curiosity. There is not a dull moment experienced through the entire film. Camera by Gopi Jagad