July 30, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
The brightest factor in the film is Bindu Madhavi; she sparkles as a prostitute and never makes a conscious effort to be like one. Karthik Kumar appears a bit awkward in his dances but succeeds most of the time in portraying his na´ve side of his character. It is Nani's character sketch that suffers, though he expresses well, he needed those few extra dialogues to intensify his concern for his friend, the actor's feelings for his friend's death has not been shown anywhere and that throws up the superficial aspect of the narration.
The lady don..this one is so predictable..especially the jasmines in her hair and the munching of betel leaves. Nithya Menon's long plait thankfully helps her look a natural. The killing of Vishnu is supposed to provide the real thrill and turn to the story but it has been picturised in a very casual, insouciant manner, also the few minutes leading to his death that is the skirmish between Karthik and Vishnu is devoid of any heart burn, one doesn't feel sorry for either if the characters.
Also another important scene of Revathi revealing the pimping and gagging incident also has been done away with easily and we see Revathi just hugging Karthik. There are too many flashback episodes to tie the loose ends but that is very disconnecting to the audience. How is the elaborate scene of Revathi dissolving the drugs in the waters important for the film? It takes a while to understand that in the first few scenes she was walking towards the sea for this reason and not to kill herself. If you miss the introductory scenes showing the relationship between Karthik, Vishnu, Revathi, Balaji, you'd never understand how these people are related and what Balaji and Karthik doing in Revathi's house.
The dubbing sadly is also terribly done. Sega practically either puts you to sleep or drives you away from the heat of it's dark story. Definitely not for Telugu audiences. The director shows enough promise, is successful in bringing the raw element, the multiple plots to the story but stumbles in narrating it.