`Bommalattam` - a whodunit that keeps you watching (IANS Film Review)
Like aged and mellowed spirits, director
Bharati Raja has matured and levitated towards one of his first loves - a
His earlier suspense thriller "Sigappu Rojakkal" starring thespian
Kamal Haasan was a hit. Though not in the same class of Agatha Christie`s murder
mysteries about showbiz personalities, "Bommalattam" is an experience
that keeps one glued to the edge of the seat.
It concerns three murders with a single thread - its psychotic protagonist movie
director Rana (Nana Patekar).
However, one is still to fathom the fixation of filmdom with the Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI), whose officer Varma (Arjun) unravels the plot in "Bommalattam".
The story revolves around Rana, a seemingly clever murderer who leaves no clues
behind to nail him. The cat and mouse game that follows keeps the audience
guessing till the end.
The central, subtle theme of puppetry with enough indications of strings being
pulled from an altogether unexpected quarter actually embellishes the film.
One comes out of the cinema hall with a hangover due to a scintillating
performance by Patekar, whose histrionics pale "action king" Arjun
into significance. Kajal, who makes a bow through this venture, has an easy
Reshammiya`s music does not impress, but the background score is apt and takes
the movie to a different plane.
Raja has handled his theme well and the stars know when they see a good script.
Cinematographer Kannan, a regular in all of Raja`s ventures, has done a perfect
There are picture postcard shots galore - the nicest part of a Raja movie.