Suma is her father's obedient daughter. But, she also yearns to rebel and live life in her own terms. What happens when male attention wins her other side over?
This film has been in the news since its inception. Firstly, the title alludes to one of the most heinous murders in Bengaluru. Secondly, it is helmed by an all-woman technical crew. But, does it deliver to its hype? It nearly does. While the makers called this a fictitious story, it is quite hard for one to dissociate oneself from the Shubha murder case when watching the film, given the many similarities the lead characters have to the actual case. Though, this film offers a different insight to Shubha's character, a deeper psychological one.
The film's protagonist Suma is an ideal daughter. She dresses like the way her father would approve, studies law and excels in her class and is always home before dusk. But, what happens if her inner rebellious self decides to take over, especially since her college days also warrant male attention that's hard to resist. Would she choose to follow her carnal cravings? There's a germ of an idea that's let loose into the viewers' minds here, suggesting that Suma's other self Khushie played the catalyst behind her choosing to get her fiance killed.
Had the filmmakers stuck to this tale alone, along with investigation proceedings, this new angle would have stood out better. But, the non-linear narrative, with many other sub-plots, which include a filmmaker-scriptwriter unearthing Suma's tale, and marital discord between the investigating officer and his wife replete with a cameo by Malavika Avinash as herself, tend to dilute the otherwise crisp narrative. The songs too seem unnecessary and increase the length of the film.
One must hand it to director Priya Belliappa, though, for she has distanced herself from suggesting more to Shubha's tale, given the liberty this medium offers, and has delivered a film suggesting an alternate look into the psyche of a girl torn between her desires and restrictions. Though, one can't help but wonder would a more experienced face from Bengaluru, who understood the gravitas this film was attempting to suggest, would have done more justice to Suma's role.
In all, the film ends up a little underwhelming, but is a bold attempt nonetheless. Watch this if you're curious to see another insight into the much-debated murder case.