Khakee Review: 3/5
Cast: Karthi, Rakul Preeth Singh, Abhimanyu Singh, Bose Venkat
Editing: Siva Nandeeswaran
Camera: Satyan suryan
Director: H. Vinod
Producers: S.R. Prakash Babu, S.R. Prabhu
Banner: Dream Warrior Pictures
Introduction: Karthi is the one hero who tries his hand at different genres. This time he has come up with a cop story. Let’s see how it is.
Story: The story is based on true incidents that happened during 1990’s. A Dacoit gang robbed and vandalized nearby villages beside the highways. The public in that area dreaded those criminals like hell. All the crimes they committed couldn’t be traced, hence the police have given up on this job. Exactly at that time police officer, Dheeraj takes charge as DSP in that area. Having challenged by this peculiar case, he hunts down the criminals. How did he solve the mystery, did he catch the criminals, how long did he take and meanwhile could he be able to protect his wife or not should be watched on screen.
Analysis: Generally, cop stories revolve around hero’s personal loss by the villain or they would be political dramas but this movie is entirely different. This story goes back to true incidents happened in 1995. At that time people nearby national highways were targeted by dacoits. They robbed and murdered people residing nearby villages beside National Highways. This happened in Tamil Nadu. The director has taken this point for his story and made up his script. His efforts are to be commended for researching the cause of these crimes. Having found out the real reason behind these attacks by the dacoits he showed on screen the reason or should I say the history of that organized crimes. Hence story moves from Madras to Rajasthan. Hero hunts down the criminals. The criminal gang, its members their body language was very natural. The first 20 minutes of the story drags, but it immediately gets audience attention as the crime scenes unfold. Interval bang is terrific. Police hunt for criminals in Rajasthan, action episodes shot there were excellent. Climax elevates the movie.
Performance: Karthi did a great job. He fits the bill as a police officer, he did very very well in action episodes. Rakul is okay as the police officer’s wife. Abhimanyu Singh’s character as Raggudu will be well remembered for his performance. The same goes for his gang of dacoits. The rest of the characters were okay.
Technical aspects: This is one terrific story and that it is a true story happened in the recent past gives weight to the story. Director’s script work is excellent. Music is okay. The cinematography is good, editing is also good. Production values are good.
Finally: This ‘Khakee’ is terrific.