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Diya movie review: Plods along in the most predictable way without any twists

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Apr 28, 2018, 7:55 pm IST
Updated May 1, 2018, 1:02 pm IST
Vijay tries to drive home the message of abortion is wrong, but he is not clear in his writing.
A still from 'Diya'.
 A still from 'Diya'.
Rating:

Director: Vijay

Cast: Sai Pallavi, Naga Shourya and Veronica

 

Director Vijay who tried his hands successfully in horror genre with Devi (l) sometimes back is at it again. This time around, it is an emotional horror thriller (!). We have seen a ghost taking revenge by possessing a child’s body, but here an aborted foetus who is now five year old (pretty looking Baby Veronica) decides to take revenge on those who killed her. The idea seems sort of bizarre for me, but it needs to be seen as how audiences would respond.

Thulasi (Sai Pallavi) and Krishna (Naga Shourya) who love each other are just out of school and soon it is shown that the former is pregnant. All hell breaks loose with the parents of both (Nizhalgal Ravi and Rekha) who insist that she gets aborted. But, they agree for a wedding after 5 years when Thulasi who awaits her medical seat becomes a doctor and Krishna completes his engineering.

 

Five years later, the couple is happily married and moves to a new apartment. But, Tulasi still lives with the guilt of aborting the child and names her Diya and jot down points and pictures as how she would look by now on her diary. In an unexpected turn of events, those who cohered to kill Diya die one by one in freak accidents. And it is none other than Diya who returns as a ghost to haunt the house and takes revenge. At a certain point, Thulasi finds out that it was Diya who is behind the murders and now the onus of saving her husband falls on her.

 

Sai Pallavi of Premam fame makes her debut in Tamil. Kudos to her for choosing an unconventional role and perform competently. Naga Shourya has nothing much to do. RJ Balaji as the comedy police is loud and annoying at times. Veronica looks cute and just about adequate.

The film plods along in the most predictable way without any twists and turns and the pace is also slow. For a horror genre, neither it scares. Vijay tries to drive home the message of abortion is wrong, but he is not clear in his writing and never addresses this issue seriously. While Nirav Shah’s camera goes well with the mood of the film, Sam CS BGM is haunting.

 

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