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Times of India
A cop is in pursuit of a kidnapper, who is also a paedophile.
Kiran Narayanan's film is conceived with the trappings of a thriller, a child gets kidnapped, the villain is enormous, the hero is dutiful, and the child is found. Even if the suspense of
is broken, it would hardly tarnish the notion of a thriller because more often, this is played out like a spoof on non-linear narrative. If normal spoofs use the tongue-in-cheek format, this film takes one step further resorting to a tireless exercise in torture.
Non-linear thrillers juggle with scenes and even recapture certain sequences to put together broken bits and produce a wholesome assemblage. This simple process is mistaken for mere reproduction of almost all scenes in Central Theatre. In a seemingly simple, straightforward story where a pedophile kidnaps a kid, the director messes up his narrative completely, getting himself lost while trying to present a disturbing picture. At the same time, he unsuccessfully attempts to create a tension usually associated with thrillers.
The consequence is nothing short of disaster as scenes get repeated as though somebody has pressed the rewind button. The hero is a special branch assistant commissioner and he seems like an ordinary man who sneaked into police control room and is completely ignorant of the technical proceedings. Central Theatre might be termed as a mishap due to a misplaced eagerness to craft a thriller.