Movie Review: ‘Kapatadhaari’ – 3.0

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Story: Gautham (Sumanth) is a traffic cop who aspires to be in the crime wing. When skeletal remains are found in his jurisdiction, he digs deeper and unearths a conspiracy from 40 years ago. How he proves the case is still relevant forms the story.Review: Sumanth is one of the few actors in Tollywood who prefer sensible scripts over something grand. His recent film, the Telugu remake of the Kannada film Kavaludaari is gripping and maintains the tension through the film.

Director Pradeep takes his time to establish the world of Kapatadhaari and Gautam. The sincere traffic cop believes he can solve a case irrespective of the wing he belongs to. It’s only due to his bad luck that he has been unable to switch despite wanting to from years. When skeletal remains are unearthed, they make him sleepless. Once he hits the records, he finds out they belong to someone who died 40 years ago. And when the question arises of the relevance of the case today, the director does a good job of convincing the audience of it with a twist.

While the film does follow the age-old formula of thrillers where the protagonist unties the clues initially with no resistance and putting aside the fact of how a traffic cop gets access to records from the crime department, the director handles the film with logic. The best part about Gautham is that he is not portrayed as a superhuman with a mastermind; he is just a sincere cop looking to solve a crime with the help of a journalist named GK (Jaya Prakash) and retired inspector Ranjit (Nasser). The film maintains a high pitch from the pre-climax and manages to pull off some edge-of-the-seat moments. Music director Simon King too makes it engaging.

Sumanth gives a subtle and mature performance instead of going over-the-top, pulling off his character well. Nandita shines in her limited role but it is Nasser and Jaya Prakash who manage to steal the show. The actor who plays Fernandez also manages to impress.

The reason why Kapatadhaari works well is because it doesn’t divert attention with unnecessary elements. Director Pradeep Krishnamoorthy keeps the flow going, making the film worth a watch.

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