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Times of India
Four individuals -- a drug peddler, a dancer, a writer and a spoilt brat -- lead their lives in their city with their perfections and imperfections in sync. What happen when their paths cross each other's in their weakest moments?
There was a fair bit of curiosity about Kahi, given that its trailer had shown a lot of promise. Albeit after a long wait, the film sees its release and it doesn't disappoint either. Director Arvind Sastry has brought forth an interesting amalgamation of fractured souls living absurd lives in the city.
There's a diffident yet romantic drug peddler who falls in love with a confused yet ambitious kleptomaniac dancer. On the other side, there is a spoilt brat, whose psychopathic tendencies and absurd actions make for a polar extreme. And then there is an aspiring writer who is dealing with road humps in her married life as well as the story she aspires to write.
The narrative that Arvind has chosen is paced at different momentum in different parts of the film, which makes it the film's USP. Adding to the narrative is Midhun Mukundan's music score, which is as good as another protagonist of the film, defining different moments of the film. Given how most films today are either romantic or bombastic with a linear story line, this tale makes for a different viewing.
The casting is nicely done. Suraj Gowda follows his Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole act with an impressive performance as a the psychopathic Raghu. The other standout performer is debutant Harisharva, who managed to play Hari with just the right balance, without going over-the-top in crucial scenes. Mathangi Prasan and Krishi Thapanda essay their parts well, while Aravind Iyer shines as the don Ravi.
The film manages to entertain, provided you aren't the typical cinematic audience that wants stories laced with the romance-song-dance-fight routines. Kahi, instead, brings forth the darker side of human nature, but narrates it in a rather everyday manner... after all who isn't flawed. Go watch this if you're up for something new, different and edgy.