Dejavu: Screen Review


A fictional writer named Subramanian, the events he writes in his stories happen in reality. He complains about this to the police, but the police department ignores him. As in the writer’s story, a girl named Pooja (Smriti Venkat) is kidnapped by masked men.

Since the abductee is the daughter of a police officer (Madhubala), they appoint a secret officer named Vikram Kumar (Arulnithi) to keep the information from getting out. What happened to the kidnapped Pooja? Can Vikramkumar find Pooja? What is written in the story is the mysterious background of what is happening in reality.

Although the film is a trap of ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, debutant Arvind Srinivasan keeps the audience hooked with the twists and turns that keep coming throughout the first half of the film. But the puzzle-free second half moves with predictable fragility.

However, the visuals and cinematography that do not cause fatigue at any place give a lively thriller experience. In the film, the director succeeds in giving an enjoyable crime thriller based on the story and screenplay, without commercial features such as songs and comedy. At the same time, he is faced with the challenge of making the ‘logics’ even stronger while releasing the answers to the puzzles.

Gibran’s background music keeps the audience tense in every scene. PG Muthiah’s cinematography, lighting to bring mysteries to visual language for a crime thriller film
Masterfully records all aspects of composition, angles, movements.

Arulnidhi is smart in looks and acting as Vikramkumar. His ‘underplay’ performance and measured action suits the character perfectly. Next to him, the performance of Achyut Kumar, who plays the role of a writer named Subramanian, is impressive.

Along with them, Madhubala, Kali Venkat, Smriti Venkat, Chethan and others have given the required performance perfectly. The main weakness of the film that should have been avoided is the flashbacks that come and go in the second half. It could have also changed the blind listening of others to what the protagonist is saying. Overcoming these shortcomings, ‘Dejavu’ gives a new thriller experience.

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