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Kathakali Movie Review

Apr 21, 2016 06:38 AM
Kathakali Movie Review
  • Release date : March 18, 2016
  • Director : Pandiraj
  • Producer : Vishal, Pandiraj
  • Music Director : Hiphop Tamizha
  • Starring : Vishal, Catherine Tresa...

Good Murder Mystery


Though Vishal predominantly works in Tamil cinema, Telugu audiences have always received his dubbed films well. But he has faced a few flops in the recent past and is raring to bounce back. He has teamed up with National award winning director Pandiraj for a film titled 'Kathakali'. The Tamil version did well and the Telugu version released today (18th March).

Let's see how the film is.


Kamalakar (Vishal), who was sent to USA after involving in a brawl with a gangster named Samba (Madhusudhan), returns to India after four years to tie the knot with his girlfriend Malliswari (Catherine). Kamalakar awaits happy moments in life by entering the wedlock. But hell breaks loose when Samba gets killed and obviously Kamalakar is suspected. He tries to prove his innocence, but his attempts turn futile. Will he come out of the mess finally or not forms the rest of the story.


Vishal does a fantastic job. As a guy, who gets embroiled in a murder case, he impresses. Though Catherine has nothing much to do in her role, she looks beautiful. Madhusudhan, Sreejith Ravi and other actors perform very well.

Technical aspects

Hiphop Tamizha's background score is excellent and takes this thriller to another level. The cinematography is topnotch and the rustic locales were captured well. The editing by Pradeep E Raghav is also very good.

Plus points

Story and screenplay

Racy narration

Vishal's performance

Second half

Background score


Minus points

Love track

Some sequences in the first half


More than an action entertainer, 'Kathakali' is a good thriller. The suspense about who really killed the gangster has been kept well till the end by the director. But the love track's length and the scenes that follow after hero hits on heroine's phone number at all. But the film gets interesting after the gangster gets killed and hero is framed. The scenes that follow are thrilling. The second half is quite interesting and climax is good.


'Kathakali' is a good murder mystery. Watch it.

Kathakali Movie
March 18, 2016

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