Direction : Manikandan
Production : Don Production, Tribal Art Productions
Starring : Vidharth, Pooja Devariya, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rahman
Music : Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography : Manikandan
Editing : Anucharan
So much of expectations created up with the brilliant cuts in teaser that earnestly gave an impression to all – Get ready for a roller coaster edge seated thriller. From the National award winning filmmaker Manikandan of Kaaka Muttai fame, here is a suspense thriller ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ starring Viddarth, Aishwarya Rajesh and Pooja Devariya in lead roles.
Viddarth plays an ordinary guy, working as Credit Card payment collector with a complicated eye problem, where his retina is losing its vision slowly. He becomes a major witness to a gruesome murder of his neighbour girl (Aishwarya Rajesh). He happens to see couple of men at her place on the day of murder, but sooner Viddarth begins his own game of tricks that leads to furthermore complications.
Couple of things had really kept us excited to watch this film. One is precisely the film from a National award winning filmmaker and other one is the crisp and brilliant trailer. But what you get as full feature length is a mere disappointment. It’s a 95-minute film that seemingly looks tailor made for film festivals, but even then, it doesn’t grab anyone’s attention. Out of 95mins, it’s hardly 10-15 minutes that keeps you engaged. The first half has vagueness spread in screenplay, where you keep guessing what’s really going on there. Is Manikandan making a Docu-Drama on an unheard eye problem or is it murder-mystery. In spite of offering some twist by the climax and trying to prove the script much relevant to the title ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ (meaning ‘Crime itself is a punishment), there is nothing really gripping out there. The characterizations too look so feeble, especially for Aishwarya Rajesh, who it looks should have taken up this project for the sake of Manikandan’s favour for her in ‘Kaaka Muttai’. Background score by Ilayaraja is a trenchant signature of his usual style. He tries to elevate the feel of even ordinary scenes, but he alone gets noticed for the narrative aspects are too weak. Cinematography remains so neat and the way, the characterization of Viddarth’s viewfinder vision has been very well shown up. Editing is neat and script offering smooth transitions.
While the characterizations would have been not so worthy of appreciations and more like cartoon like caricatures, the actors have done their best. Be it Viddarth, Pooja Devariya, Rahman or even Nasser, they have given their best into the roles. Guru Somasundaram, who is very well recognized because of ‘Joker’ appears in a miniscule role, but not completely a public glare characterization.
2. Background score by Ilayaraja
What doesn’t work?
1. Too weak screenplay and boring narration
Overall, ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ raising the standards of expectations fails to deliver what we expected. It’s a blunt out disappointment and doesn’t do justice to the genre of ‘Mystery-Thriller’.
Verdict : A tedious thriller with vague screenplay
Rating : 4.5/10
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