Director: Karthick Naren
Stars: Rahman, Prakash Vijayraghavan, Ashwin Kumar, Anjana Jayaprakash and others
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is an independent suspense thriller by Karthick Naren. Despite being astonishingly young, Karthick Naren creates one of the most mature Indian thrillers, which is both intelligently complex and philosophically rich.
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru has a story that’s simple in thought, but complex in making. Deepak (played by Rahman), a retired police officer is the protagonist of the story. His career is cut short by a fatal accident brought down by a past investigation. Deepak revisits this past investigation after a close friend of his requests him to dissuade his son’s aspirations of joining the police force. And thus, we explore the fateful investigation. Deepak is a dedicated veteran and being a widower allows him to put his soul into the case. His investigates the disappearance of a young woman. As he tries to familiarize himself with the case, he discovers a bright young constable named Gautham (played by Prakash Vijayraghavan and Ashwin Kumar). Deepak is pleased by Gautham’s raw wit and he encourages him to help him with the investigation. As Deepak and Gautham journey through the fateful investigation, a bolt from blue strikes them, changing their lives forever.
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru in its entirety appears like a jigsaw puzzle, where every scene is a piece and they collectively form a beautiful mosaic. The gritty truthfulness of the film is underlined by its mesmerizing philosophy. Unlike a lot of philosophical products, this film neither moralizes nor preaches. It however conducts a fantastic thought experiment and personifies the moral obscurity involved in the timely decisions and choices we make. It signifies the drastic influence a single moment in time could play, thus making “every detail count”. It compels us to question our moral stances with some deep questions. Will we do the right thing even if forces us to sacrifice our emotional commitments? Is it possible to remain duty bound and maintain a subjective moral correctness in all situations? We are all prey to our emotions and change in our moral standpoint is the only invariable quantity throughout life, making us human.
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is a jaw dropping promissory note by the young Karthick Naren. The film is beautifully crafted with utmost level headedness, making every scene commendable. The stark setting of the plot is uplifted by Sujith Sarang’s dark cinematography. The actors did a fantastic job, Rahman especially with his mature performance. Jakes Bejoy’s impressive and relevant score is another notable feature of the film.
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is a modern masterpiece that adds a new flavor to the thriller genre, especially in Indian cinema. It’s an extremely gripping and a thoughtful work of art.