Kala Movie Review

Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5

Story: The life of Shaji, a laid-back youngster, turns upside down when someone from his past pays him a visit.
Review: ‘Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.’
Kala, directed by Rohith V S, begins with this quote by Oscar Wilde. The film’s story gets unfurled in the wilderness, where Shaji (Tovino Thomas) and his family lives. Their main source of income is farming and nobody except Shaji’s relatives and daily wage workers visit the place. One day, a small group of labourers reaches their place to harvest arecanut and one among them, has a mission.
Like Wilde’s quote suggests, Rohith’s psychological thriller deals with the raw, basic instincts of human beings. One might call it a mind-game, but the movie is more about the primitive traits that lie dormant in humans. The lead character Shaji, played by Tovino, is egoistic and narcissistic. He wants everything to go his way. As for his opponent, a Tamilian played by Sumesh Moor, he never budges to Shaji’s ego.
Rohith and his co-writer Yadhu Pushpakaran have treated both the characters fairly. They are equally competitive in establishing their point. The intense and brutal conflict between the duo in the second half is the most exciting part of Kala. But, the first half, where the characters are established, lags a bit.
The film’s story is something that happens within a day, in a constricted environment comprising of a forest and a house. The location of the story also gives out the same vibe as the characters and it offers the makers ample scope for experiment too.
When it comes to performance, both Tovino and Moor have beautifully pulled off their roles. Shaji is not like any of Tovino’s previous characters and he portrays its ‘clumsy-yet-stylish’ personality with elan. Moor is exceptional as the Tamilian, who is willing to go to any length to prove his point. Lal and Divya Pillai appear as Shaji’s father and wife respectively and they too have done their parts well.
The beautiful cinematography by Akhil George and the gripping stunts by Phoenix Prabhu enhance the film’s appeal by leaps and bounds and there is never a dull moment in the film, as far as stunts are concerned. The song featured at the climax portion is also catchy.
Though there is a lot of extreme action in the film, it ends on a different note and also offers the audience an intriguing message. The film can be a visual treat for those who love action movies.