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Imaikkaa Nodigal (2018), A Review


I’ve never been a huge fan of thriller films. Somehow, I’ve always preferred a little drama and romance and all that. But one of the first thrilled films that I thoroughly enjoyed was ‘Imaikkaa Nodigal’ starring Nayanthara, Atharvaa, Raashi Khanna and Anurag Kashyap in lead roles.

Directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, the film had a brilliant crew with Bhuvan Srinivasan’s editing, R.D. Rajasekhar’s cinematography and music by Hiphop Tamizha.

First things first, the entire cast does a brilliant job, portraying their characters perfectly. It is definitely very convincing to see Nayanthara in a serious role as a CBI officer and even in the flashback in a softer character. Atharva impresses in a subtle yet emotional character. Anurag Kashyap steals the show in his Kollywood debut with a brilliant portrayal as the antagonist. Raashi too fulfills a small yet important role. Vijay Sethupathi delivers a stunning performance as usual in his cameo role.

In a simple plot with a twist, the story follows a high profile case of a ruthless psycho killer as the CBI attempt to catch him without too many casualties. With a few intertwined plot lines, it is definitely an intriguing story that keeps you at the edge of your seats for the longer than usual film.

The brilliant cinematography definitely adds to the film’s appeal. Music by hip-hop Tamizha, of course, suits the film perfectly without standing out too much. The best part is of course how the film successfully manages to stay unpredictable with an extremely appealing thrill factor, managing to keep the audience thoroughly engaged throughout.

What stands out not up to the mark as the rest might be a few tacky romantic scenes that seem unnecessary despite their importance to the storyline.

Overall, it is definitely a film that you can’t miss. I’d give it  a 4/5.

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