Kalki Malayalam Movie Review
The platform is exclusively set for Tovino Thomas to pulverize the social evils in a remarkable style in 'Kalki'. The Sub Inspector played by the actor hardly has any official name as he embarks on a mission in the village Nanchenkotta. Director Praveen Prabharam, who has co-written the script with Sujin Sujathan, showcases the macho avatar of Tovino by resorting to fiery and well-choreographed action sequences.
Tovino's energetic appearance lends excessive vigor to this action drama, which narrates a police officer's efforts to free a village from the clutches of cunning politicians and their goondas.
Well, the drawback lies here: While 'Kalki' is ramped up by talented performers, its tale has all the predictabilities regarding its fate. Amarnath, played authentically by Shivajith Padmanabhan, has nexus with politicians and his brother Appu (Vini Viswa Lal) has plans to contest in the Lok Sabha elections. His cousin Dr Sangeetha (Samyuktha Menon) also joins them in their shenanigans. People at Nanchenkotta had to flee following the threat by Amarnath. Now political activist Sooraj (Saiju Kurup) and others seek the help of the new SI to bring back those banished people.
Set in a fictional village on Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, 'Kalki' showcases the tussle between the powerful and the oppressed. With the arrival of a new Sub Inspector, the conflict aggravates in the village. It's a formulaic action film that neatly jazzes up the protagonist albeit the screenplay is hardly appealing. The path of its journey is through a road taken by most of the filmmakers, and positively, the director has brought down the degree of hyperbole in his visual language.
The plot is simple as well as very mediocre, besides its familiar theme fails to evoke any riveting emotions. In the action-packed premise, the artificial flavor of certain dialogues sullies the engaging feel. The tit-for-tat game works well for some time but the tale starts to flounder once the retaliation scenes struggle to add any kind of sheen to the proceedings.
The mission 'Kalki' carries is to root out the corrupted politicos and their anti-social activities. The focus is on one powerful and influential man, and this is the major limitation of the story as there is little room for expanding the frontiers of the tale.
The film cashes in on the hunky physique of Tovino successfully or rather celebrating it to adapt it into the mass movie formula. Samyuktha appears in a negative role that fades away at a juncture when the character starts to establish itself. Harish Uthaman as goonda Ummar has a strong presence on screen, and Sudheesh as police constable Abdulla gets enough prominence in the crux of the plot. Gautham Sankar wields his camera brilliantly for capturing the action sequences sans losing the thrill.