Tovino Thomas’ Kala Is A Cinematic Experience & Not For The Faint-hearted

Tovino Thomas’ Kala Is A Cinematic Experience & Not For The Faint-hearted

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By Devisree Jayakumari25 March, 2021 3 min read
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Tovino Thomas’ Kala Is A Cinematic Experience & Not For The Faint-hearted

As a filmmaker, Rohith VS has always tried on experimental filmmaking and his third outing, Kala (The Unwanted) starring Tovino Thomas in the lead would probably be the best from the director so far. The film is gory, so let us firstly warn you that it is not for the faint-hearted. But each and every shot keeps you hooked to film.

The film revolves around Shaji Nivas. Shaji (Tovino Thomas) lives with his father, wife, and son in the house surrounded by a compound of trees, bushes, and more. Shaji is not so a straightforward guy. One day, his father appoints some workers to pluck areca nuts from the compound and Shaji agrees to supervise the work, with another intention in mind. There is a lot of unnecessary tension and hype for something bad to occur but when it finally happens, it becomes bloodshed. Watch the film to know what we are talking about.

A round of applause for spectacular performances

In terms of performances, there are only very few characters and each one of them has done a good job in handling their roles. Be it Lal or Divya Pillai or the character Maniyan Ashan, everyone does absolute justice to the characters. But two characters stand out and that is undoubtedly Shaji and the Tamilian worker played by Tovino Thomas and Moor respectively. Tovino has put in a lot of effort to perfect Shaji and it shows. This film definitely would be the actor’s best to date. Moor, even though a new face, is par excellence with his performance. Surely, these two men deserve a lot of praise and applause for what they have done.

Kala picks up slow

The film picks up really slow. The first half lags, and you get confused about what the film is all about. All you get to see is Shaji, some dialogues between him and his wife and the rest of his family. Every scene is hyped and you feel it’s a bit too much. But once the actual story unveils, which is towards the end of the first half, you get hooked to the film.

The fight for justice

Firstly, it’s hard to call Shaji a hero. He has a lot of negative shades that would rather make him the villain. On the other side, the Tamilian worker may not initially appear to be an innocent man, but eventually, you feel that his fight is worth it. It makes you think about what is good and what is evil – who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist.

The fight is extremely violent, with a lot of bloodshed and pain; and it’s way too realistic – all credits go to the stunt choreographer. There are multiple instances when Shaji knocks him down but he gets up even stronger, and vice versa. If you applaud Moor at the end, you can’t be wrong.

It’s technically brilliant

Kala is technically brilliant. The shots and the cuts are spots on. Akhil George’s cinematography is phenomenal, so is Dawn Vincent’s Background score. Livingston Mathew’s cuts also make the film spectacular, Rohith’s Direction is the icing on the cake. Overall, the film is backed by its technical side and two powerful performances.


We won’t recommend Kala to you if you are faint-hearted and cannot stand bloodshed and gruesome action. But if you are up for it, Kala is a must-watch.

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