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A new age, dark movie. So bold that it had me frowning. So well made that it had me cheering and so exceptional that it had me loving the flawed hero who doesn’t deserve or expect attention. The feminist in me did balk at the heroine, Kiara Advani, being taken for granted but it worked under the guise of med school ragging. I definitely expected a more glamorous lead actress and equally surprised at the subtle outfits and makeup of all the actors, art movie style subtlety.
This movie took me by total surprise.. liked it and enjoyed it and laughed at all the silly jokes and even felt the underlying pain felt by the parents of the child who can not feel pain. Losing his mom early and being brought up by an overprotective father, Surya, Abhimanyu Dasani, is fed on a diet of Superheroes by his Ajoba, Mahesh Manjrekar. Surya grows up in a secluded environment and is pretty messed up till a trip to the city and meeting his friend from his childhood, Supri, Radhika Madan just rights it all.
Uthaug uses some great conventions to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. One element is time; the town residents all know that they have exactly ten minutes from the time they hear the evacuation sirens until they are hit with a giant, life-obliterating tsunami. Watching the countdown is suspenseful and really put me into the moment in the film. Another great convention is that the Kristian knows exactly what elevation he must reach to be safe from the onrushing water. It’s a little bit of a conceit that the main character has a watch that tells him his exact elevation, but I found it engaging nonetheless.