Kolaigaran review: An engaging crime thriller

The twists and turns in the last twenty minutes of Kolaigaran works big time

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Critic's Rating: 3.5/5

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Movie Title

Kolaigaran review: An engaging crime thriller


Andrew Louis

Star Cast

Vijay Antony, Arjun, Ashima Narwal

To give credit where it’s due, director Andrew Louis delivers on both style and content with Kolaigaran. He has legally borrowed the basic plot from ' The Devotion of Suspect X' and added a few changes to suit the sensibility of Tamil audiences. 

But for the masses, Mohanlal's Drishyam (Kamal Haasan’s Papanasam) will be an easy reference and hence, the comparison is inevitable. However, what works in favor of Kolaigaran is the towering performance of Arjun and the sensible characterization of Vijay Antony. Although you may have read 'The Devotion of Suspect X' and watched Drishyam, we still end up liking Kolaigaran for the cat and mouse game between Vijay Antony and Arjun. The twists and turns in the last twenty minutes works big time.

Prabhakaran (Vijay Antony) and Dharani (Ashima Narwal) are neighbors, and they coincidentally greet each other every morning while stepping out to their respective workplaces. Meanwhile, crime branch cop Karthikeyan(Arjun) finds out that a recent gruesome murder in Chennai has something to do with Dharani, her mother(Seetha) and Prabhakaran. 

During his investigation, Karthikeyan also comes to know that Prabhakaran is a Hyderabad based IPS officer who is known for solving murder mysteries and he has something to do with the gory Chennai murder. Who executed the murder? Why did Prabhakaran help Dharani and her mother? You have to watch the film to know the answers.

As we are familiar with the premise of Drishyam, the first half certainly disappoints mainly because of the similarity and the two needless songs which act as speed breakers. But slowly, the film gains momentum and from the intermission point, there is no looking back and the last twenty minutes of the film is the highlight. 

Performance wise, the subtle Vijay Antony is apt as Prabhakaran while Arjun owns each and every scene with his dynamic and sharp performance. Newcomer Ashima Narwal is promising whereas Nassar who plays the mentor of Arjun is another interesting choice. 

Kolaigaran stands out in all technical departments. Simon King's background score is pulsating, especially the haunting theme music works well for the mood of the film and Mukesh's crystal clear visuals uplifts the overall look and feel. The editing is also razor sharp as the film is just 110 minutes.

To conclude,  Watch it because it’s that rare film that actually expects you to use your brain.

Kolaigaran review: An engaging crime thriller 

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