Director: Prasanth Varma
The trailers of Kalki have created a good buzz for the film which is directed by Awe fame Prashanth Varma. The suspense thriller has hit the screens today and lets see how the film turns out to be.
The story is set in the native village of Kollapur where two rival gangs are fighting it out and one among them, Shekar Babu gets killed. To investigate this case Kalki(Rajasekhar) is appointed. He starts getting deep into the case but to his surprise, there is much more to the murder mystery. What is that and how Kalki manages to unravel all this is the entire story of the film.
Rajasekhar is always a good choice for this sort of films. Though he lost charm because of age factor, with his exceptional show proved that age is just a number. But excess heroism is unnecessary for thrillers and Rajasekhar should know this. Rahul Ramakrishn got a meaty, lengthy role and he made full use of it with witty and innocent acts. This character travels all along with Rajasekhar for entire run time. Sidhu Jonnalagadda is a surprise package and Ashutosh Rana is regular. The female leads Adah Sharma, Nandita Swetha and Poojitha Ponnada along with familiar Shatru are not given enough space. Nasser as usual has come up with good performance.
As said earlier, the production values of the film are Impressive. BGM is pretty good but is overused for scenes which were not needed to highlight at all. Camerawork is impressive and so was the production design. But there were too many slow motion shots. The film has a special color template and it looks good on screen. Music is just about okay.
Coming to the director Prashanth Varma, his thought process was okay but his execution is below par in the first half. In Awe, his screenplay was top notch and gripping but sadly in this film, things do not work that well for him as he makes a mess of the first half and only gets a hang of the things in the second half. But he ends the film on an interesting note by revealing the twists well.
On the whole, Kalki is an investigative thriller which clicks in the second half. There is nothing special or exciting about this film as the twists are revealed in an interesting manner in the last twenty minutes only. But to witness this, you have to sit though a dull first half. if you manage to do this, the film ends as just an okay watch.