Written by Richard Mahesh Rajakumar
The first frame as the title credits occur, the upside down camera angle over the stone dividers with the background chorus ‘Karma’ instantly followed by the establishment of characters. It’s obvious that when penning down the script, Pawan Kumar was sure that not even a single minute in the frame should move out of the premise and he keeps it intact throughout. What makes us acclaim his work apart from the thrills and twists he offers in ‘U-Turn’ is his proficiency in establishing the characterizations.
The trendy independent and gorgeous looking Rachana works (Shraddha Srinath) as an intern at Indian Express and she wants to impress her secret crush Aditya (Dhilip Raj), a crime reporter. It all looks fine until she starts collecting the vehicle numbers of persons moving the stone dividers on Double Road Flyover in Bengaluru. On an unexpected turn, with a wide array of around 10 such traffic miscreants on her list, she decides to meet one among them and to everyone’s surprise, she is arrested on the same evening as the victim was found dead mysteriously. Sub-Inspector Nayak (Roger Narayan) realizing her innocence tries to help her out, but to his very own shock, he finds that the other 10 such persons were dead on the same date when she collected their numbers. What unfolds next is a series of shuddery twists and turns that leads to an unpredictable climax.
If I was given the task to list down the star-cast and technicians based on their prominence, I would surely bring the names Sachin and Hari for their astounding ‘Sound’. They’ve made the earnest works of cinematographers – Sathya Hegde, Advaith Gurumurthy and Siddarth Suni. Not to miss the background score by Poornachandra Tejaswi that keeps up the Goosebumps on right momentum. The sleek and neat cuts by editor Suresh, especially the way he shows up his skills during flashback of unveiling the mystery over the bridge and the multiple cuts involving different characters are done with right panache. Perhaps, he could be the successor of National award winning Sreekar Prasad indeed.
Getting on with the performance, the star-cast itself does half the job attributing the film’s accomplishment. The newbie Shraddha Srinath just pulls off every act with intelligence. She befittingly appeals with her cakewalk as Rachana. The final moments, where she is discombobulated emotionally and her expressions get at its best. Roger Narayanan exerts an impeccable performance as sub-inspector Nayak. He just does it and we are impressed! That’s it! What does an actor need more than this? Dhilip Raj as Aditya with his soft-toned nature sends us a doubtful stream of whether he could be the one linking all mysteries and his gesture is so much that presents a smile with hidden antagonistic spell. Radhika Chetan doesn’t get much of prominence, but her role is commendable.
If you’re looking out for the flip side, there isn’t much to mention about. There could be some questions that audience might raise, why she had to meet the person whose number was on the last in list. Yes, the cops too ask her and the logics are cleared there. There are few such elements that doesn’t look blatant anywhere.
U-Turn gives a clear impression on how a screenplay should be written, characters sketched and the way it should be presented? Of course, a film’s success is based on these lines and not just with the A-league actors and technicians. Pawan Kumar breaks the pre-written paradigms and establishes this assurance through this film.
- U Turn Movie Rating
A Taut Thriller loaded with unpredictable twists and turns with a strong message at end.