Director: Pawan Kumar
Cast: Shraddha Srinath, Roger Narayan, Dilip Raj, Radhika Chetan
Not many could digest the magic pill he served in ‘Lucia,’ which did created a buzz for various reasons including being the crowd funded venture, and more importantly for breaking away from the typical commercial masala films. Pawan Kumar, the director was certainly a fresh breath of air for movie goers with real taste of entertainment. Having said that, after experiencing his latest ‘U Turn,’ he has unfortunately fallen prey to the same devil, which is currently the favourite spirit behind some of the recent sandalwood hits.
In fact, ‘U Turn,’ is nothing short of brilliance in first half until it is taken over by an unseen force. Everything which looked so well crafted - from the plot which keeps the audience engaged without an iota of boredom to the well portrayed characters, starts diluting the moment the real face behind the mystery comes into play.
Shraddha is too good as the journalist as the intern with a leading English newspaper and Roger perfectly fits the bills of an investigating police officer. While further adding on to the intriguing portions, it takes an unusual turn when the intern is picked up from her apartment for questioning in connection with a mysterious suicide case. While pleading innocence, she maintains that she had been working on a story over disregard to civic sense amongst two-wheeler riders who dangerously took U-Turn on a busy flyover by misplacing the removable concrete bricks.
The case takes another curious turn when the police learn that all vehicle numbers she had kept a note along with the date of the offences, had met the same end! Till then even unlike ‘Lucia’, which had some songs as refreshments while the pills were acting drowsy, ‘U Turn’ perfectly manage to keep it right with just the background score. And, of course, though the subject might seem minor, it definitely raises basic question over the civic responsibilities, and even how careless attitude and negligent acts leads to deadly incidents. So, what spoils the broth? Well, try it to know it.