Movie Review: Keshava
Cast: Nikhil, Ritu Varma, Isha Koppikar, Rao Ramesh, Ajay, Brahmaji, Priyadarsi, Vennela Kishore, Sudarshan, Madhunandan, Raja Ravindra, Raviprakash, Sameer and Others.
Music: Sunny MR
Background Score: Prasanth Pillai
Cinematography: Diwakar Mani
Producer: Abhishek Nama
Story-Screenplay-Direction: Sudheer Varma
Release Date: 19th May 2017
Nikhil choose less travelled path since 'Swamy Ra Ra' which was directed by Sudheer Varma. So, One could understand how crucial that movie has been in the career of this Young Hero. Once again, Nikhil and Sudheer Varma teamed up to offer an unconventional movie. Posters & Promos of 'Keshava' have generated tremendous positive buzz around this revenge drama. Let's see if the end product is as good as the promotional material...
Keshava (Nikhil), a Law College Student with a rare medical condition (who's heart is on the right side) which means any emotion including anger & excitement puts his life at risk. The only mission of Keshava is to get rid of the cops who were behind the death of his Parents and paralyzing of his Sister. Cops nab Keshava after the murder of two policemen. How he executes his plans after getting caught forms the rest of the tale!
Nikhil has given his career best performance by carrying the movie on his shoulders till the very end. A hyper actor like Nikhil attempting a role which demands calmness & emotional-less portrayal isn't a joke. Nikhil showed so much maturity and maintained the required intensity throughout the movie.
Ritu Varma did a fine job though she had a very little scope. Isha Koppikar who made a comeback after a very long gap is alright in the role of a Cop. Rao Ramesh shows his mark once again. Vennela Kishore tickles the funny bone with his trademark comic timing. Priyadarsi and Sudarshan does justice to their characters. Brahmaji, Ajay, Raja Ravindra, Ravi Prakash and Jeeva have been adequate.
Heart Disorder neglected
All the Technicians have put in their heart and soul for 'Keshava'. Though Songs of Sunny MR are decent, BGM composed by Prasanth Pillai stood as an asset. New kind of composition and intensity took the crucial scenes to a whole new level. Cinematography by Diwakar Mani is splendid. Camera Angles & Aerial Shots offer a new experience to the viewers. Dialogues were well-written. Producer Abhishek Nama hasn't compromised on Production Values. Sudheer Varma was given enough freedom to bring his vision on the big screen. Though 'Dochay' disappointed, He is back to his best with 'Keshava' and left a mark of his own. The expertise of the Filmmaker is evident in many sequences. He, however, doesn't impress much with his writing skills. Had if the script was more compact, 'Keshava' could have been a much better product.
Story of 'Keshava' is just alike any other Revenge Drama but the presentation of it makes the difference. Inspite of not having many twists n turns, What makes it work is Nikhil's matured performance, stylish narration & high technical values.
Sudheer Varma showed how normal scenes can be narrated in an exciting or thrilling manner. Especially, The Technical Team deserves all the praise for the way murders of cops has been designed & executed. While Background Score is pulsating, Camera Work is beyond the expectations.
Although 'Keshava' is a serious subject, Sudheer Varma included good dose of Comedy Quotient. The college-backdrop scenes featuring Vennela Kishore are a laugh riot. Even the placement of Comedy Scenes is perfect.
Nikhil's Intense Performance is worth mentioning but Director failed to make the most out of his heart ailment. First Half of 'Keshava' is gripping. However, Sudheer Varma wasn't able to maintain the same standards in Second Half. The sequence where the Protagonist escapes from Police looks unconvincing. Director took cinematic liberties as per his convenience and hence logic goes for a toss at times. Full marks to Climax Twist and justification was given to revenge drama in the ended. Even the short run time worked in the favor of the movie. Over all, 'Keshava' is watchable but it have few shortcomings as well.
Bottom Line: A Gripping Revenge Drama!