Movie Review: Keshava
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
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
(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!
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
Heart Disorder neglected
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.
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.
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!