Verdict: This psycho-thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Imaikkaa Nodigal is R. Ajay Gnanamuthu’s second outing as a director. Produced by C J Jayakumar under the banner Cameo Films India, the film showcases a cat and mouse game between a CBI Officer portrayed by Nayanthara and a serial killer. The movie stars one Bollywood’s most multi-talented directors Anurag Kashyap as the antagonist, Atharvaa Murali, Raashi Khanna, Ramesh Thilak, Devan, and Vijay Sethupathi in an interesting cameo.

What’s Imaikkaa Nodigal About:

The city of Bengaluru wakes up to the news of a serial killer kidnapping people for ransom and brutally killing them later. The serial killer announces himself as the character Rudra (Anurag Kashyap) who was once claimed to be encountered by CBI Officer Anjali Vikramadityan (Nayanthara) and challenges the police force and CBI. After various failed attempts, Anjali realizes that the anonymous Rudra has now targeted her brother Arjun (Atharvaa) and his girlfriend Krithika (Raashi Khanna). However, Arjun gets framed as Rudra and the officials are now after him to hunt him down. Anjali who is already tired of the cat-and-mouse game is on a mission to fight against all odds with Arjun’s help, who has already figured the real identity of Rudra, save Krithika, and prove that her brother is innocent.

What Works:

The best part of the movie is Pattukkottai Prabhakar’s screenplay. A strong plot, adequate suspense, and amazing twists make Imaikkaa Nodigal a brilliant thriller. Every character has an important role in the story. Rashi Khanna’s character brings a major twist in the plot. Atharvaa puts up a great show as Arjun. Nayanthara plays a multi-faceted character and proves yet again why she is the Lady Superstar. She shines throughout the film with her gritty and brilliant performance. Anurag Kashyap’s Rudra could be considered as one of the best antagonists in Tamil cinema. He is scary and steals the show with his powerful eyes, extraordinary acting, apt facial expressions, and effective dialog delivery. The credit also goes to Magizh Thirumeni who has lent voice for Rudra, making the character deadly. And, of course, the impact Vijay Sethupathy creates with a cameo is beyond excellence.

Be it R. D. Rajasekhar’s cinematography, Bhuvan Srinivasan’s editing or Hiphop Tamizha’s music, the technical side looks neat too. The director, R. Ajay Gnanamuthu, with his extraordinary execution of a well-written story, could be considered the real hero of the movie. It is extremely heartwarming to see female characters leading the show and women portrayed with love and a lot of respect.

What Could Have Been Better:

The romantic sequence between Atharvaa and Raashi, added only for commercial reasons, makes the taut storyline a little loose in places. The film has a few disagreements with logic but the impressive screenplay and stunning acting sideline them. With backstories, flashbacks, and twists the film would’ve been more impactful with crisper editing.

Why You Should Watch:

Imaikkaa Nodigal is a true-blue psycho thriller. There are many twists in the movie which you cannot predict. Above all, watch it for some brilliant acting and beautiful execution.