Karthi has a good market in Telugu. His last film Oopiri which also has Nagarjuna Akkineni turned out to be a super hit. All this has raised expectations on his latest offering Khakee (called as Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru in Tamil) for which he teamed up with Vinoth and Rakul Preet.
Said to be a film based on true events, the film is so close to reality and makes it engaging. While its uneven pace mars the movie to an extent, it is Karthi who shoulders the film. Read our complete review.
Following the footsteps of his father late Hari Prasad (a constable) who died in his duty, Dheeraj Hari Prasad (Karthi) fulfills his dream-of-life – to become a cop. He has been appointed as DSP. Dheeraj is not just honest, strict and dedicated cop but he is smart, intelligent cop. He has good analytical skills who can recreate a crime scene just by observing the crime spot. Veering towards his personal life, he falls in love with girl-next-door Priya (Rakul Preet) who is a naughty, mischievous. Priya is bad at studies. Realising Dheeraj and Priya’s love, parents of both families get them married.
Due to Dheeraj’s honest nature, he has been transferred to several places and Priya accompanies him. During his routine work, Dheeraj finds a pending case that seems suspicious. He investigates and learns that there is a notorious dacoit gang which brutally kills anonymous people for money, gold. The gang is called as Lorry Gang who has roots in Rajasthan.
How Dheeraj solves this case is the crux of the story.
Karthi is the backbone of the film who pulls off his role, film alike. He is at his best. Be his fitness or mannerisms, all are in sync with the character.
Rakul Preet is impressive in romantic scenes. She sheds all inhibitions aside and did naturally. Abhimanyu Singh as the dacoit gang leader Om is scary.
The other cast are more functional than memorable. Most of them are from Tamil Nadu, other states.
Bhairav Singh Nabbing Episode
Thodelu-type Fight Sequence
Lengthy First Half
Unwanted Romantic Scenes
While Surya has won audiences with Singham, a fictional cop drama, Karthi has chosen a realistic film that resolves a crime mystery. The way the film is executed is what makes the film stand out. Be the Thodelu-type fight sequence or the Sand fight episode or the nabbing of Bhairav singh where Dheeraj and Bhairav lock horns with each other over a bus top, the film’s action scenes make Khakee appealing film. Ghibran’s background music comes in handy. Visuals are good. Technically, there is nothing much to point out in the film.
Whereas the film has its own shortcomings. Lengthy first-half makes the film an average one. There are unwanted romantic scenes that slow down the film. Barring these, the film gets it right in other aspects. Director Vinoth makes it raw, real. However, one can’t help but the crime pattern of the dacoit gang reminds us of Dandupalyam gang.
If you are a great fan of crime thrillers, then Khakee is your pick.
Khakee is a realistic crime thriller.