Movie: Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
Direction: Karthick Naren
Cast: Rahman, Yaashika Anand
Music: Jakes Bejoy
Cinematographer: Sujith Sarang
Editor: Sreejith Sarang
What is it about: It’s a Tamil physiological thriller which spins around three different cases creating a web, and how Deepak (Rahman) cracks this case forms the crux of the story directed by debutante Karthick Naren.
Why it’s disappointing: This section can be put to rest.
What to watch out for: When you started to lose hope on Tamil Cinema towards the end of 2016, comes a fresh talent in the name of Karthick Naren. He most definitely proved that passion can come from any corner at any age. And that was evident on screen with a thriller, which keeps you glued to the screen. Writing matters and its high time filmmakers get that in order. In “D-16” writing was at its best, no one can point out a flaw in it, unless they’re fishing deep for it. Karthick deliberately left clues in the film, wonder how many picked them up, I was able to but was still curious to know how he was going to bring them together and finally he blew me away with a well woven screenplay which unfolds beautifully unraveling the mystery. Fantastic job by Karthick Naren.
Casting always plays a major role in a film and for once in Tamil Cinema, someone had a good eye for it. The budget was small and not many big names. Still every character was well played.
Rahman, the apt choice for the role of Deepak. He had the grit, gut and the personality to pull it off. And he did that with great style. Rahman had the charisma, which demanded a strong attention from the audience. Commendable job by him.
A special mention goes to Prakash Raghavan who played the role of Constable Gautam. He was great for a debutante and had a good screen presence.
If you watch the film you’ll know even the characters who appear for a brief period have done a great job. For instance Yaashika Anand, who had a small stint but she gets registered in the audiences mind. And so was the case with Anjana Jayaprakash who played the role of Yaashika’s friend in the film.
Then there was Ashwin Kumar, who plays a vital role in the film. You will know his importance when you catch the film. He did a commendable job.
The film had a great technical team. Cinematography by Sujith Sarang was top notch, who had a great eye for a thriller and kept a grim tone throughout traveling seamlessly. And that was meticulously cut by Sreejith Sarang. This genre demands a good sound, and when that is perfectly synced with the vision of the director, makes it a treat to the ears. Sachin Sudhakaran & Hari Haran from Sync Cinema did a great job in enveloping “D-16” with a crunching sound, which elevated the experience of the film. And finally Jakes Bejoy, his background score was gripping and had a great hold on the film keeping you engrossed.
Verdict: Karthick Naren, did a very fine job in displaying the exact vision what he might have had while writing this film. And that made a great viewing experience to the audience, who were in awe of this young talent with applause. Do yourself a favour, catch this small film and help in making it a big one. As this film has to be watched on a big screen to experience it to the fullest.