Verdict: Kalki enthralls with stunning visuals and well-choreographed action sequences.
Mass entertainers have always created a stir among the audience, especially the youth. Kalki, directed by Praveen Prabharam, is the newest addition to that list and Tovino Thomas has risen up as the new mass hero in town with his K Swag. The film also features Shivajith Padmanabhan, Samyuktha Menon, Sudheesh, Saiju Kurup, Harish Uthaman, and Vini Vishwa Lal in pivotal roles.
What’s Kalki About:
Kalki is set in a small village called Nanjankotta, which is under the control of the MP and his family. His nephews Amarnath (Shivajith Padmanabhan) and Appu (Vini Vishwa Lal) are ruthless and his daughter Dr Sangeetha (Samyuktha Menon) is supportive of their actions. The police in the village are also forced to follow their demands. An unfortunate incident brings a new SI (Tovino Thomas) to the station who is fearless and wants to end Amarnath’s reign in the area. He gets massive support from the rest of the police, the people and a local party member, Sooraj (Saiju Kurup). Now, it is good versus bad and what happens when the SI locks horns with Amarnath becomes the crux of the movie.
Kalki is one of the best mass entertainers in recent Malayalam cinema. The well-choreographed mass action sequences, punch dialogues, slow motions, and powerful background sure brings out some goosebumps-worthy moments. Tovino Thomas shines as a fearless and powerful SI. The other actors have done a great job too. The background score by Jakes Bejoy is yet another highlight of the movie. The visuals are simply stunning. The director has cleverly included some very fine mass elements that make the movie even more gripping. It is quite interesting to watch some new faces as the antagonists too.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The plot of Kalki is predictable but that does not take away from the engaging factor of the film. Shivajith is good, but not convincing as the terror that he is portrayed to be. Samyukta Menon has very little to offer in the entire set. The first half is brilliant but the second half drags a bit, as the storyline moves in various directions. There are quite a few glitches, but they can easily be ignored.
Why You Should Watch:
Kalki is an out-and-out mass entertainer with many applaudable moments. Watching Tovino in a mass role would be a treat for his fans. The film also has some emotional content that would touch your heart and is suitable for the family audience.