"Cyanide" is an outstanding effort by Chennai film institute alumni A.M.R.Ramesh who has shown his level of excellence in just his second film. His first film "Santhosha", a breezy love story with new comers did not set the Box office by fire, but it was hailed as a sincere effort by a new comer.
Ramesh has this time ventured into making a thriller based on a real life occurrence. For "Cyanide" he has taken the incidents that occurred in the peripheries of Bangalore after the assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi stepped into the city. The whole narration is gripping and a seat edging story telling is sustained throughout the film.
The director has chosen to select each of the characters very carefully by making some comparisons to the original characters.
The star cast is very perfect and the characters are easily identifiable even by their appearances. For example Marati Actor Ravi Kale, multilingual actress Malavika, National award winning actress Tara and talented actor Rangayana Raghu look every inch like the real life persons one eyed Jack Shivarasan, Shubha, Mrudula and Ranganath. The Police team led by Avinash has also acted and looks perfectly as police officers on a serious mission.
It is normally felt that making films on real life incidents may prove to be very difficult as the chances of taking cinematic freedom is restricted. And to narrate such happenings in a two hour time frame without a weak moment is in itself a great challenge. Director Ramesh accepts the challenge to deliver a perfect ten film. "Cyanide" is indeed one of the best Kannada films to have been released recently.
"Cyanide" is fantastically packaged with the finest technical values and some great acting performances. Though the film has no songs, the 115 minute film keeps you engaged through out and you may have to hold your breath continuously.
Ramesh has not compromised in the making of the film and despite not having a big star cast; he has taken care to select the finest technicians down south. All the big names Cameraman Rathnavelu, Music Director Sandeep Chowta and Editor Anthony have supported the director to the hilt.
Cameraman Rathnavelu who has worked in several top commercial films comes to Kannada films for the first time to take the cake for his stupendous work behind the camera. It is Mumbai based Kannadiga Sandeep Chowta who stands out with his background score which matches the mood of the film. Anthony makes a sharp work and his editing work is most appealing. Ramesh's dialogues are crisp and effective.
"Cyanide" is backed by some fantastic performances by Ravi Kale, Malavika, Avinash, Tara, Nasser and other artists. Ravi Kale's appearance on screen is enough to frighten you. Avinash delivers a dignified performance as Senior Police officer Kempaiah who tracked the militant tigers through his painstaking investigations. But it is Tara yet again who scores in the role of much tormented Mrudula. Rangayana Raghu looks every inch like Ranganath and he has excelled in his work. All the other artists have done their roles with dedication and competence.
Totally "Cyanide" comes out as a fresh wave of fragrance which is extremely likeable. It is a must see film for not only Kannada film enthusiasts, but all the film buffs who look for some quality effort.