|‘Kali’ is Dulquer Salman’s latest offering at the box office after the immensely successful ‘Charlie’, which also bagged him the top acting honours at the recently announced Kerala State Film Awards. Directed by renowned cinematographer Sameer Thahir, who made an impressive debut with ‘Neelaakasham Pachakadal Chuvannabhoomi’, ‘Kali’ has the unnecessary burden of shouldering viewers’ expectation.
Following a long spell of romance, Siddharth (Dulquer Salman) and Anjali (Sai Pallavi) have tied the nuptial knot against the wishes of their respective families. Starting from scratch, they have built for themselves a decent living. Siddharth, who works for a bank, is a perennially angry man. He fumes for the silliest of reasons and finds it difficult to control his rage. ‘Kali’ explores how the outburst of an angry young man has a debilitating effect on his life and those around him.
The first hour of the movie is devoted to illustrate Siddharth’s idiosyncrasies. During this portion, the movie sails along pretty smoothly largely due to the laughs raised intermittently by Prakashan (Soubin Shahir), Siddharth’s colleague. Around the midway point in the movie, Siddharth and Anjali fall out with each other when the latter finds it impossible to tolerate the former’s fury any longer.
They patch up to an extent and head towards Anjali’s house in Masanagudi for a function. Siddharth’s reaction to a road rage incident on their way there sets off a series of events that eventually lands them in a spot of bother. The movie starts getting dramatic at this particular juncture. The proceedings manage to raise the anxiety of the viewer for a brief period of time and there is palpable tension in the air. But, things start getting bumpy soon and fizzle out in the end.
As the title of the movie suggests, the central theme of the movie is anger. With the world progressing at lightning speed, people are becoming more and more impatient by the day. Hence, the theme is sure to strike a chord with many a mind. But, the story that Rajesh Gopinathan has built around the foundation seems contrived.
Sameer Thahir’s realistic treatment of his debut venture stood out. In
‘Kali’, he consciously makes an effort to give the central character a
larger than life image. Although this tactic might excite the fans of
Dulquer Salman, others are going to find it boring as the masses have
grown tired of such antics. Gopi Sundar’s two songs are light on the
ears and Gireesh Gangadharan’s shots of the forest ride are good.
Despite having a running time of just over two hours, ‘Kali’ seems to be