Movie Review: Khakee

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: Karthi has come out with a cop drama aptly titled “Khakee”. It is known that his brother Suriya’s “Singham” series is a rage. However, Karthi has made it clear before the release that his film is a realistic cop drama, not made in the mould of “Singham”.Dheeraj (Karthi) narrates an incident in his life that was the most gruelling and exacting challenge in his entire police career.

The story moves to 1995 period. Dheeraj is a tough DSP in Tamil Nadu police department, he is always on the front to nab the criminals.A series of dacoit attacks in several villages force Dheeraj to find out the main gang behind the killings and robberies.He sets out on a major operation — heading from then Madras to Rajasthan to nab the organized dacoit gang that hides in the Aravalli Range.

REVIEW: Karthi is superb in the role of a cop. He plays it in a textbook fashion going by how a sincere cop is to be portrayed. There are no special moments that stand out, but Karthi is highly efficient in carrying the role that requires little swag, and is mostly one dimensional with sincerity always plastered in the face.

Director H Vinoth made a very interesting debut with Sathuranga Vettai. There are some similarities between the debut and the second attempt, Khakee. The terrain with cons and deceit seems familiar. However, he gets an amped up production and a bigger budget to make a commercial film within his knowledgeable terrain.

Rakul Preet have good chemistry in the lighter moments in the film. But beyond a point the romance and her character gets irritating, and slows down the pace in the second half. The villains look raw and real. Abhimanyu Singh as the deadly dacoit is terrific. Bose Venkat as Karthi’s assistant has a meaty role. Sreenivas is good as a policeman in Rajasthan. The film also features some newcomers in important roles and most of them have done complete justice to their roles.

Songs composed by Ghibran are nice and there are some catchy tunes in the album. The best thing about his work in this movie is his background score. Cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan is superb. He has shown the locales of Rajasthan in a nice way. Editing is good. Art work is good and production values are apt.

Final verdict of the film is Khakee is a riveting cop drama which has many edge of the seat moments. Very rarely do you see such thrillers which are showcased without diverting from the main point.The action sequences worked really well.

                                                                                  —-Panchajanya