Movie Review: Karthavyam

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: Madhu (Nayanthara) is a District Collector under whose jurisdiction is a dry village named Velnadu. Rams and Sunu Lakshmi are two daily wage-earners in this water-scarce village. Their son (Vignesh of ‘Kaaka Muttai’ fame) is passionate about swimming and their daughter Dhansika is barely five.

As fate would have it, Dhansika falls into an uncovered borewell. All hell breaks loose for her poor parents, who wail out of their hearts even as the administration struggles to marshal its resources to save the child.

This is when the duty-minded and ever-so-alert Madhu goes out of her way to stir the entire administration into getting its act together in saving Dhansika from certain death. In her attempts, Madhu not only has to take risky and spontaneous decisions but also has to face a series of stumbling blocks in the form of inhuman musclemen, political pressure, bureaucratic sloth, and the bane of Nature all while calming down the restive villagers.

REVIEW: Nayanthara is pillar of this story. In the film she doesn’t have to do fights or sing songs, or romance a hero. Her star power is required to carry this message-oriented story. She has understood the script well and has given required performance perfectly.

The film belongs to small actors who have played the role of a poor couple, the girl who falls into bore-well, her brother and the villagers. Everyone has given natural performances.

The camera work by Om Prakash is good. The remote villages atmosphere has been presented very well in the film. The editing by Ruben is good. The music scored by Ghibran is pleasant. The background score from him has helped the film a lot. The writing is outstanding. The dialogues are perfect and apt for the situations. The proper care was taken while dubbing the movie and it has to be appreciated. On the whole, the technical team has performed well.

Final verdict of the film is Kartavyam addresses a burning issue in a very straight forward and gripping manner. Nayanthara’s commandable screen presence and director’s intention to expose loopholes in the system are impressive.

                                                                            —panchajanya