Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 14 January 2016
Vishal, Catherine Tresa, Sreejith Ravi
Director Pandiraj's Kathakali is a brilliantly written riveting murder mystery with engaging screenplay and crisp running time.
Although the initial portions of Kathakali are filled with inconspicuous love angle and friendship, the tempo rises towards the intermission and from then on, there is no looking back.
Amuthan(Vishal) comes from USA to hometown Cuddalore for his love marriage with Meenu Kutty (Catherine Tresa). Amuthan's family has an enmity with the local gangster Thamba( Madhusudhanan) and when he gets mysteriously murdered, his wife, gang members and cop (Sreejith Ravi) suspect Amuthan and his brother( Mime Gopi).
The rest of the film is a cat and mouse game between the cunning cop and Amuthan till the final twist happens in the climax.
Kathakali's biggest strength is the water tight screenplay of director Pandiraj, his intriguing writing is top notch as he makes audience guessing with twists and turns at regular intervals. Not just with the script, the director has perfectly set a one-day thriller with plenty of night and rain shots, which gives a unique style quotient to the film.
This is undoubtedly Vishal's best and subtle performance in recent times, especially the actor's tall masculine physique fits his mysterious characterization and makes the high octane action sequence convincing with extra energy and punch. Catherine Tresa looks bubbly and cute under cinematographer Bala Subramaniam's lens though her character lacks credibility. The rest of the actors including Mime Gopi, Karunas and Pawan have done commendable job. Madhusudhanan, who comes as Thamba is a revelation, while Malayalam actor Sreejith Ravi is believable.
Kathakali's another big asset are the raw action sequences, especially the selfie one at the bus stand and climax fight which are brilliantly choreographed . Although Hiphop Tamizha's songs are okay, he has compensated with pulsating BGM.
Overall, Kathakali is an edge of the seat murder mystery, which should not be missed.
Verdict: Taut &Thrilling