Kala (2021)


“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
-Oscar Wilde


Language – Malayalam.

Director Rohith V.S.

Writer – Yadhu Pushpakaran, Rohith V.S.

Cast  Tovino Thomas, Sumesh Moor, Lal

Genre – Thriller

Imdb: Kala (2021)

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
-Oscar Wilde

“I’ll blow your head, crack your ribs,  knuckle your hock and bury the alpha within you and I will avenge for what you did to me. Then you all know how I hunt”

“While every grass and mountain belongs to this land, who separates the weeds from it?”

Rohith’s former movies like Adventures of Omanakuttan and Iblis were anomalous movies that were not intended to please a majority audience. Kala also follows the same out-of-the-box pattern which doesn’t have a sheer willingness to signify a so-called message or even have a conventional story structure. Kala was one of a kind experience within the ramparts of Malayalam cinema.

The story takes place in a secluded house in the middle of a wide wild land. Tovino plays the character of Shaji. Kala tells the story of a day in the life of his family, which includes his wife, father, and son.

When a set of labourers comes to his land, the movie shifts to the next gear. From the very beginning, the director undertakes an eccentric treatment with a background of fear and curiosity.

When the intentions of the antagonist are revealed before Shaji, the conflict starts. The wall between protagonist and antagonist dooms down and the character mutations are fascinating to watch when it spreads its branches to nature, social order, masculinity, ego, and humane backdrops.

 Akhil’s Avant-garde cinematography chiefly doesn’t seem to take any rest in the second half and Chaman’s editing plays a crucial role in maintaining the movie’s tempo. They have done an outstanding job that elevates the movie into something raw and wild. The sound design and music also uplift both the intensity and insanity of the film on the upper hand. The reactions and outbursts were genuine on-screen and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Tovino and Moor put on a stellar performance in all the most dangerous fight scenes that should be cheered along with the crew for creating such original content. The bloody scenes, full of crudity and savagery, give the audience an experience on every thrust and blow shared on screen.

Apart from a proper storyline, the subtly injected layer-by-layer threads which are executed in a new way of cinematically captivating grammar make Kala a unique piece of teamwork. A very new visual syntax is endeavoured here, with a hell of an action choreography that Malayalam cinema has witnessed in recent times.

Kala is a bloody, ferocious, raw, and fascinating Cinematic experience that shouldn’t be compromised anywhere other than a quality big screen.

Verdict: 5/7 Stars.


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Amjith Neelakandan

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3 years ago

Good review bro. Much appreciated 💛