The film revolves around the lives of three characters and a cop who is entrusted to resolve a series of murders that shock Atlanta city.
There is one scene in the film where Roshni (Bhavana) draws a poetic comparison while referring to her ex-husband. "We are like the shores of a lake that never meet. The lake that runs between us is our past and our little daughter is a small raft that connects us." Her words encapsulate the essence of this family drama that centres on love, relationship, broken hearts and misplaced trust.
Ivide, however, dwells on a broader expanse. It begins with a series of murders in Atlanta, slowly moving on to introduce three characters - Indian-American cop Varun Blake, Roshni, who is separated from Varun, and IT professional Krish Hebber. Three entirely different but inter-connected individuals pricked by insecurities and driven by ambition and desire. The motive of the film is simple - resolving a murder mystery and probing the inner realms of three characters. While Varun, brilliantly played by Prithviraj, is in charge of the murder investigation, Roshni (Bhavana) emerges as the new recruit in a company run by Krish (Nivin).
More like a drama disguised as a thriller, the narrative is keen on unravelling the characters rather than exposing the mystery. Even on that count, the characters appear lost in a maze, unsure of their paths ahead. Varun's character is always described with words like 'violent' and 'angry'. Roshni once tells Krish that Varun pointed a loaded gun and she called it quits. To a point, Prithviraj personifies these terms very well, playing a self-doubting, troubled soul tormented by the dual identity of an Indian-born individual adopted by an American couple. His expressions of violence are manifested in brief flashes like the culmination of what seemed a forced coitus with his new partner that ends in an apology, or the manner in which he grips his wife Roshni while trying to save her from a serial killer.
However, another scene would show the same man sacrificing his partner cop while trying to appease a man who was beating his wife. Varun uses terms like 'peace' and 'settling it like grown-ups' something which seems implausible to be expected of a man who was so violent and angry that his wife found it hard to live with him. The character played by Bhavana always sighs about her past, yet fails to conceal a girlish, almost teen-like blush whenever she finds herself with Krish. It is as though she walked out on her ex-husband, eager to find a new one. The biggest failure of this film is Nivin, whom we find stretching hard in vain to attain something that is demanded of him. He plays an ambitious IT head, a self-made man as cunning as a fox. Instead, we watch a passive guy mouthing words perfunctorily and faltering badly at expressing himself. Prithviraj reigns over his role, a man of mercurial temper and complexities probing traces of love deep within himself.
At times, the movie gives the feeling that it would have fared pretty well even without the crime scene. A section of viewers would still find it good because there is a whole gamut of subjects that have been discussed - outraged Americans robbed of their jobs, emotional intensities of Indian-Americans and so on.