: Rachna Nambiar, a journalist, is in pursuit of a story about traffic violations. She is surprised when the quest lands her in a police station, as a crime suspect. The cops find that there is something ghastly happening with those Rachna was supposed to contact for the story, and Careful tracks the reason for the same.
: How can you win the attention of the audience when you are handling a film about an issue that results in the death of many but is conveniently ignored by the public and authorities alike? In the quest to find a novel yet impactful mode to convey the message, the makers of Careful have chosen an unusual angle to say the story.
Sadly, all it awards a viewer who watches the thriller with interest is a laughable and pitiful wrap up.
Rachna Nambiar (Sandhya Raju) is a trainee journalist and a poor performer, who is trying to do some good stories and earn bylines. She chances upon the issue of repeated traffic violations and also lists down the details of a few offenders, with whom she plans meetings. However, something unexpected starts happening with them and the movie becomes an investigation for its reasons.
The film starts off with a few glamorous shots of Sandhya Raju, who is also a dancer in real-life. Though it has the background of a cheesy song, those are some of the best sequences in the whole movie. Pre-interval, the film manages to keep you intrigued, about what exactly is going on with those who crossed path with Rachna. However, soon you realise that it’s all a build-up for nothing.
A journo, who has no bylines for a whole week, takes up a so-called investigative story based on a subject that hardly any editor might approve in the real world. The skewed presentation of investigative subject has enough professional loopholes for you to lose interest in the same. It’s not likely to be different even for those who have no background of journalism. Interestingly, she can’t even remember the name of a person whom she painstakingly tracked down and met in the morning, by the end of the day. So truly involved in the story, one should say!
Lucky for Rachna, a suspended police officer, who still has all access to the service, helps her probe further. Last but not the least, the ultimate reason for the incidents is the most silly of the lot. One wonders, only if all those wronged people had the privilege to do the same to those who wreaked their lives.
Performance-wise, Sandhya hardly seems comfortable in the skin of a journalist to carry it off convincingly. Sadly for the rest of the actors, the story does not provide any scope for interesting performances.
Careful leaves you with the question – Couldn’t the makers be a bit more careful while putting together a movie on this topic?