CBFC Rating: UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 09 Mins
Release Date: 21-07-2023
Banners: Infniti Film Ventures, Lotus Pictures
Cast: Vijay Antonu, Ritika Singh, Meenakshi Chaudhary, John Vijay, Murali Sharma, Arjun Chidambarm and Radhika Sarathkumar
Music: Girishh Goplakrishnan
Cinematography: Shivakumar Vijayan
Editor: Selva RK
Producers: KamalBohra, G. Dhananjeyan, B Pradeep, Pankaj Bohra, Tan Sri Doraisingam Pillai, Siddhartha Shankar, RVS Ashok Kumar
Written & Directed By: Balaji Kumar
Vijay Antony has earned recognition for unconventional stories in Tollywood. With Bichagadu he shot to fame and recently scored another success with Bichagadu 2. Today (July 21) his latest film Hatya was released in theatre. Touted to be a murder, Mystery, Hatya generated some buzz with its quality trailer and posters. Let’s get into the review.
Laila (Meenakshi Chaudhary) is a professional model, singer who gets killed in her flat. New recruit Sandhya Mohan Raj (Ritika Singh) is bestowed with the task of solving the mysterious death. She seeks the help of her mentor and private detective Vinayak (Vijay Antony) to solve the case. What is the mystery behind Laila’s death, how are her fiance Satish (Siddhartha Shankar), Model agent Aditya Kaushik (Murli Sharma), fashion designer Arjun Vasudev (Arjun Chidambaram), Babloo (Kishore Kumar), Cop Mansoor Ali Khan (John Vijay), Vinod (Samkit Bohra) are connected to it form the rest of the proceedings. Who killed Laila is what the movie is all about.
Vijay Antony did well in his role. His salt and pepper look seemed very natural. His body language and screen presence are good. He plays his role with subtlety and doesn’t go overboard. He did amazingly well while revealing the entire case and explaining it in the climax.
Ritka Singh played the role of a rookie cop and she had a good screen presence. Meenakshi Chaudhary looked good in the role of the model. The entire film revolves around her. She showed good emotions and expressions highlighting the trauma of a troubled celebrity.
Murali Sharma is good in his role while Radhika Sarathkumar and John Vijay appeared in small roles. Siddhartha Shankar, Arjun Chidambaram, and Kishore Kumar are adequate.
Gets dragged at parts
Director Balaji Kumar is inspired by the famous Dorothy King murder case that happened in 1923. Right from the start till the finish, one can see his sincerity and passion for filmmaking. The film looks completely different with fantastic cinematography giving a fresh feeling altogether to this crime thriller. Detailing in the investigative portions and dissecting four suspects makes the film interesting and raises curiosity.
However, the slow proceedings and flashback portions which showcase Vijay Antony’s family seem out of place from the main plot. Some characters like Murali Sharma and Radhika Sarathkumar didn’t get good closures. They seem left incomplete. Climax is well executed. Overall, Hatya turns out to be an interesting investigative drama.
Cinematographer Siva Kumar Vijayan with his cinematography gave a new feel to the viewers. He used interesting colors. Girishh Gopalakrishnan’s background music elevated the scenes. Selva’s editing could have been better. Production design and values are fantastic.
Rating: 3 / 5
Bottom line: Decent But Slow Paced Investigative Thriller