Kaithi is a Tamil action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film stars Karthi, Narain, and George Maryan. It is produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu under the banner Dream Warrior Pictures and co-produced by Tiruppur Vivek under the banner Vivekananda Pictures. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Sam C. S.; Philomin Raj handled the editing, while Sathyan Sooryan was the cinematographer.
Kaithi Movie Review
Kaithi begins with a superbly economical setup. A team of cops, headed by Bejoy (Narain), has confiscated a record amount of cocaine, which is hidden in a secret cell under the commissioner’s office. The drug mafia manages to put almost every police officer in the place under sedation by spiking their drinks. The injured Bejoy has to enlist Dilli, a life-term prisoner who has just stepped out of jail on parole and is hoping to finally meet the daughter he has never seen, to save the situation. Meanwhile, a few college students find themselves stranded in the commissioner’s office with a line constable for company, and prevent the gangsters from breaking in and rescuing their boss.
Lokesh Kanagaraj gives us all this in the first 20 minutes of Kaithi, a tense impressively shot (Sathyan Sooryan is the cinematographer) action thriller. The director gives us a pure genre film minus the frills, like songs and romance, that we are used to in Tamil cinema. Even though we get two hours of action scenes, we hardly feel exhausted (the excellent action choreography is by Anbariv). Like in a video game, Dilli has to cross challenges of varying difficulty as he transports the cops to safety. We get different kinds of stunts – a chase, a couple of fistfights and just when they seem to be getting monotonous a glorious shootout. The fact that the entire film happens in the night gives it a unique flavor, as we are unsure what danger lurks in the dark.
Lokesh also comes up with an interesting bunch of characters, like the temperamental brother of the gangster (Arjun Dass), the intrepid constable (George Mariyan), the resourceful students, the spies in both the camps and the expectant daughter. The performances are solid all around. Narain lends the right amount of vulnerability, Dheena, as the hapless young lorry owner, adds some moments of levity, while Karthi, whose beefed-up look feels like Dilli could be a slightly older version of Paruthiveeran, puts up a muscular performance. He also moves you in the scene where he narrates his past in a lengthy shot.
Kaithi Official Trailer
Source: Dream Warrior Pictures