Kali Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film | U | Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
'Kali' offers a brilliant take on the man-eater emotion called rage, and viscerally examines the dreadful repercussions that it could possibly have. A fine feature that is at once weighty and wicked, it upends your expectations, and how!
Mar 27, 2016 By Veeyen

The steady descent to hell and back that Sameer Thahir takes us on in his film 'Kali' offers an affirmation of his standing as a keen story teller. Creepy and downright disturbing, 'Kali' qualifies as an exhilarating thriller that gradually builds up on its pinprick tension and steadily heads towards a shattering climax.


Sidharth (Dulquer Salman) has lived with the man-with-the-excessive-temper tag all his life, brushing people the wrong way, left, right and centre. His wife Anjali (Sai Pallavi) often finds herself at a loss to deal with his reckless fury, and at last decides to move out of his life. Sidharth offers to drive her to her home in Masinagudi, and enroute has a spat with a lorry driver (Vinod Jose) with devastating consequences.


In a sense, 'Kali' is reminiscent of the Spielberg jewel 'Duel' (1971), and one cannot help thinking of the Dennis Weaver film, when Sidharth drives into the parking lot of the wayside eatery, and finds the ominous lorry parked right there. Thereon, 'Kali' takes a different route that keeps you hanging on to the edge of your seat.


Road rage is probably the least discussed of all anger issues, and in a hilarious scene Sidharth offers a lesson or two to Anjali in car driving, gruffly insisting that she remember that it's the driver that needs to swerve the car forward and not the other way round. Thahir makes a pertinent statement of sorts through this scene pointing out at how ironic these words are, coming from the mouth of a man whose life rages ahead as a stirrup less horse, once trounced by anger.


There are scenes aplenty in 'Kali' that even those of us with relatively lesser anger management issues can easily relate to. The forever-missing-car-key syndrome is one such concern that almost every household deals with pretty much every morning, and while it remains that most of us do not fret it out as Sidharth does, it does at times drive us into spasms of uncontrollable exasperation.


And then there are those moments of impulsiveness, when you decide to do something and then quickly realize that it was one real, awful impetuous act. Running around like the dog that inadvertently gets its head stuck in the pot, a succession of unmanageable events follow suit, and there is nothing much to do except let them unfurl by themselves.


The sense of dread that Thahir and writer Rajesh Gopinathan cook up in the latter half is unnerving, and the frights line up rapidly as well. The winding, isolated roads to Masinagudi seem to teem over with terror, as the dark night bluntly declines to shed some light over them. It's a mean death race in which man and machine compete with themselves and each other to frenetically make it to the finishing line.


Dulquer is at his histrionic best as yet in 'Kali' and looks impressively mature enough to handle the complex emotions that Sidharth goes through, grappling with extreme wrath one moment and severe remorse the next. Sai Pallavi underlines that she is an actor to reckon with and that the Malar impact was no accident; she is tremendously efficient in playing Anjali, and looks delightfully gorgeous. The kind of screen chemistry that the two share is nothing short of electric, and they push themselves to extremes in 'Kali', complimenting each other all the time, and the impeccable results are there for all to see! Vinayakan and Vinod Jose excel in supporting roles, almost as if unwilling to settle for anything less.


Gireesh Gangadharan's frames are unhurried and deliberately intimidating, approaching each moment with caution, and simmering with a burning intensity all through. Gopi Sunder chips in with a dazzling musical score that never for once impedes the narrative, and instead gracefully adds to the seething tone of the film.


'Kali' offers a brilliant take on the man-eater emotion called rage, and viscerally examines the dreadful repercussions that it could possibly have. A fine feature that is at once weighty and wicked, it upends your expectations, and how!


Veeyen

   

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Ajith Chandran

Dulqar's performance is appreciable. But I feel this film Kali gives misinterpretation on the emotion called rage.In thi... Show more
Dulqar's performance is appreciable. But I feel this film Kali gives misinterpretation on the emotion called rage.In this film Dulqar's character exhibits severe case of irritability and wild temperament nature which the heroine simply terms it as behavior and attitude problem which actually is not the case.It is mental related illness which are the symptoms of bipolar disorder or anxiety problems.The rage expressed by hero can be treated as superficial.
AJITH SS

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Rajoy Alfes

The theme 'kali' or 'rage' in a man's temperament has not been researched well by the director. The 'kali' the hero exhi... Show more
The theme 'kali' or 'rage' in a man's temperament has not been researched well by the director. The 'kali' the hero exhibits is only superficial. The second half of the film has nothing to do with 'kali'. It deals more with the frustration and helplessness that arise out of the situation into which hero and heroine are thrown into. Of course, the developments in the second half will keep you at the edge of your seats, but where is 'kali'?
Soji Varughese

y they have such weirdo girls in malayalam playing heroines? please get amy jackson a call.
Teena John

what is going on with the malayalam movie industry..didn't like the movie.
Jerin Mathew

Not worth to watch. No story. Lagging from start to end.
Matthewz Philip

An event which could have occurred in anyone's life, if not short tempered person's life is portrayed very convincingly.... Show more
An event which could have occurred in anyone's life, if not short tempered person's life is portrayed very convincingly. Even if the film might be accused of having shades of 'Duel' & 'NH10', the screenplay and the whole movie is reconstructed aptly for a kerala audience.
Chandrahas Katampottil

KALI a movie really NOT worth watching. When the Hero is offended he reacts with "KALI" and the Heroine reprimands hi... Show more
KALI a movie really NOT worth watching. When the Hero is offended he reacts with "KALI" and the Heroine reprimands him for showing his anger. When the heroine is at the receiving end , she reacts with "KALI" and expects the hero also to react with her KALI. A bad movie with nothing positive and heroine's father's number stored as "IDIOT" is too silly.
Harshvadan Shah

good theme,husbands rage and rough and tough attitude creates havoc in his relation with good natured wife,relatives and... Show more
good theme,husbands rage and rough and tough attitude creates havoc in his relation with good natured wife,relatives and friends,the first half of movie is well protrayed.but second half is unnecessarily prolonged with long fighting scenes,wife going in search of ATM chased by villain etc makes movie boring disgusting also. both hero and heroine have performed their parts nicely.
Mathew Thomas

A newly married couple: Anjali a supportive house wife to her husband Siddarth, a bank officer who has trouble controlli... Show more
A newly married couple: Anjali a supportive house wife to her husband Siddarth, a bank officer who has trouble controlling his anger, a habit he has been battling from childhood. The quintessential Siddarth, immature and stubborn, his temper at one point engulfs him at the cost of losing his loved ones, when it becomes a matter of life and death. With decent acting by the lead actors and supporting cast; This one is a good watch, at the best a thriller short film shown on the big screen.
Alameen Kh

Watched the movie kali after seeing lot of bad reviews in social media.Due to that i didnt had much expectation for the ... Show more
Watched the movie kali after seeing lot of bad reviews in social media.Due to that i didnt had much expectation for the movie.But Movie is really a pathbreaking movie in malayalam cinema.If you like Realistic movies like maheshinte prathikaram and Highway(hindi) you will sure like this movie. personally i think it is the career best for samir thahir and dulqar salman. Dop and BGM is excellent.Every actor and actress in the movie is perfectly casted. Finally a movie worth watching.my rating 3.5
Akhil eEnon

I really didn't understand why this movie was made. I mean no story at all, the one star I gave is only because of excel... Show more
I really didn't understand why this movie was made. I mean no story at all, the one star I gave is only because of excellent bgm and sound effects, otherwise movie is utter flop. I enjoyed 1st part of film that is before interval but then film became centric on a dhaba(restaurant).Even though script offers nothing, DQ and sai's acting is awesome. I went to see film by seeing reviews on filmibeat,behindwood.I'm waiting for a review from nowrunning and I can expect sincerity from nowrunnning.
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