27 Apr, 2018
2 hrs 02 mins
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The psychological thriller explores the emotional relationship between a young mother and her unborn daughter.
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Diya opens with the parents of Thulasi (Sai Pallavi) and Krishna (Naga Shourya) coming to know of the pregnancy that has resulted out of the 20-year-olds relationship, and wondering over the next course of action. Cut to five years later, and we see the two getting married. ...Read full review
Thulasi (Sai Pallavi) and Krishna (Naga Shaurya) are in love for more than five years, and they get married with the consent of their parents. As they move to a new house, after the marriage, serious issues start popping up, because of a five-year-old girl. The couple`s life gets miserable and turns upside down. Who is that little girl, and how is she associated with Thulasi and Krishna? ...Read full review
Director Vijay`s latest outing in Diya is a straightforward thriller that goes by the textbook with it`s limited intent. The film has a decent plot, and builds on it`s tension using a flattened out narrative pattern that is predictable yet accessible. ...Read full review
If youre a fan of the Sai Pallavi you saw in Premam, let me warn you that you see a very different version of her in Vijays Diya, which was earlier titled Karu. The film marks her Tamil debut and Pallavi makes an assured debut, coming up with the kind of performance that may not be largely appealing but quite convincing, given her character. She plays a mother to a four-year old daughter. The film explores the bond, in a psychological tone, between Pallavi and her unborn daughter. ...Read full review
How politically correct do films need to be? Do we consume films as a mere story or an aggregation of the social ethos it is made in? And if it is the latter, how holistic can our perspective be? Is it possible to make a factually right, comprehensive argument with cinema? Isnt there always a case, an angle or a perspective that can completely make us switch sides? These are some of the long-standing questions that rose again in my mind as I watched Diya (earlier named Lycavin Karu). ...Read full review
Tulasi (Sai Pallavi) and Krishna ( Naga Shourya) are school sweethearts who have premarital sex and when it is found out the girl`s mother (Rekha) and boy`s father (Nizhalgal Ravi) force the youngsters to abort. Five years later the couple get married and move into a new apartment. ...Read full review
Sai Pallavi, Naga Shaurya starrer Diya is a classic example of how a psychological thriller or a horror film can get crushed under its own weight. The story delves into the life of a newly married couple and a string of accidents which leads to the death of several people close to the couple. While the premise might sound appealing enough, considering that it deals with an issue like abortion, the film is anything but interesting. ...Read full review
The opening portions hold promise. We see a man (Krishna, played by Naga Shourya) and a woman Tulasi (Sai Pallavi) in a hospital. Another film might have led us to this scene through a couple of courtship scenes, maybe a duet that culminated in sex, some drama when Tulasi discovers shes pregnant (hence the films earlier title, Karu, embryo) But Diya, which runs just 100 minutes, wastes little time, and the story is quickly set up. ...Read full review
The self-righteousness of Vijays Diya and the overtness of its sermonising is extraordinarily off-putting. Theres little respite from it throughout the film, and the preaching begins as early as when the title credits begin rolling. ...Read full review

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