Director: Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi
Cast: Vijay Antony, Anjali, Sunaina, Shilpa, Amrita
Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi returns to wielding the megaphone after a gap with an emotional drama Kaali with Vijay Antony donning multiple roles.
Dr Bharath (Vijay Antony) a successful surgeon in the US gets recurring dreams where he sees a snake, a bull and a woman. Soon, it is revealed that he is an adopted son from an orphanage from Kanavukkarai village in Tamil Nadu. Bharath sets out his journey to India to find out his biological parents. He learns that his mother’s name is Parvathy and his real name is Kaali. There he befriends a local guy Gopi (Yogi Babu) and sets up a clinic to serve the poor and simultaneously starts his investigation about his prospective dad.
Thus opens one flashback after another with three men - a bad-tempered landlord Periyasamy (Madhusoodhan) narrating his aborted love story with a girl (Amritha) when he was in college, a thief in the forest (Nasser) who has tattooed ‘Parvathy’ on his forearm, a revered Father John (Jayaprakash) who has a backstory to tell. As each episode unveils, we see Bharath assumes the younger version of all the three men.
Vijay Antony sports four different looks. While Bharath is the true character, the others are imaginary structured by Kiruthuga in her screenplay. Antony scores as the thief who falls for a married woman played by Shipla Manjunath. He is also effortless in well-choreographed action scenes. Given the multi-natured characters he plays, he could have emoted better. Anjali who essays Bharath’s love interest looks very pretty but hardly has anything to prove. Shilpa has an impressive role and she shines. Sunaina, though limited, has an author backed solid role and she justifies. Yogi Babu is in full form and brings the roof down with his one-liners in an otherwise serious film. Kudos to Kiruthiga’s attempt on an experimental screenplay, but one wonders if this would be understood in B and C centers.
Vijay Antony’s music is good with Arumbae song pick of the lot. Richard Nathan’s camera work aids the film’s flow....