Kali Review & Rating
Screenwriter Najeem Koya's debut directorial Kali is one of those movies which hit theatres with very limited hype and hoopla. Touted to be a full-on entertainer, the movie features a bevy of newcomers in the lead backed by a mature and strong supporting cast which lines up actors like Joju George, Shammi Thilakan, Baburaj, Tini Tom and Sona Nair among others. Jointly scripted by Najeem Koya and Arouz Irfan based on the story by himself, Kaly is presented by the prestigious banner August Cinema. Here is what it's all about.
Kaly opens to the life of a gang of chill friends who comes from lower-middle-class families but dress up and live like spoilt posh kids. To pursue the stylish and fancy life they aspire to live, these guys occasionally escort to small theft and thievery. Kaly lavishly takes its first half to establish these boys, their friendship, romance and what not, offering the viewer nothing novel or exciting. The movie is a barely enjoyable watch till the second half of the movie where one of the robberies by the youngsters goes out of their hand. That is when Kaly really begins. Post the interval, the movie gathers momentum and with some interesting twists and turns, lands to an applausable climax.
Newcomers Anil K Reji, Shebin Benson, Shalu Rahim, Aishwarya Vijay, and Vidhya Vijay has delivered a starry-eyed performance throughout the movie. They manage to look believable and carry their roles with a certain originality while all the exceptional performances come from the supporting cast. It is JoJu George who steals the show with his amazing acting which is one of the major highlights of Kaly. He appears as SI Thilakan who is cunning, smart and easily provokable. Shammi Thilakan, Tini Tom, and Baiju have also done a good job.
Najeem Koya's Kaly is not like any of the movies he has written till date. He could have made his debut an exceptional one if the first half of the movie had been handled with some care. Nevertheless, Kaly makes an impressive debut. Cinematography by Sajith Purushan is charming fine while editing could have been done with more wariness. Rahul Raj's tunes get along just fine with the total mood of the movie.
Final Verdict: Kaly is a promising debut and a deserving watch!
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'Kali' has Dulquer Salmaan at his best. The film takes you through a roller coaster ride through Siddharth's life. Dulquer lives as Siddharth whose life goes through ups and downs due to his temper. The movie is not excatly a great work of art but it is definitley a big boost for Dulquer's career who is already riding on the success of 'Charlie'.