Diya movie review: Sai Pallavi, Sam CS shine in this horror film

And in tune with the film’s blue shades, we get a lead named Krishna (Naga Shourya). These character arcs aren’t etched properly. For example, was it necessary to attempt to fool us that Tulasi is not Krishna’s bride? The names in Diya are pretty interesting. But all of this is not without jarring notes. Music composer Sam CS is one. The story is predictable. While the film doesn’t provide a surprise, the music sustains the mood. There is a slide at the end of the film where it talks about the number of abortions that women in our country have and links it to female foeticide. The frames are drained out of warmth, even the so-called happy ones. While well-intentioned,  it doesn’t provide a holistic view of the pro-choice vs pro-life debate. Do we consume films as a mere story or an aggregation of the social ethos it is made in? There isn’t much surprise beyond the first few minutes until the very end. These are some of the long-standing questions that rose again in my mind as I watched Diya (earlier named Lycavin Karu). And as a story in isolation, Diya has its multiple strengths and flaws as well. But now we just have to wait and see how she fits into the mainstream, star-backed cinema of Kollywood with its tropes — NGK and Maari 2 will show us that. The other is undoubtedly actor Sai Pallavi. But the tone and the mood set by the director and his team is very effective. 2018-04-28T07:05:49+05:30″>
Updated: April 28, 2018 7:05:49 am

Diya movie review: The story of Diya revolves around a foetus, or to be more precise, an abortion. L. Diya movie review: In all sincerity, Diya has two heroes. The music moves organically with the story — the cellos and strings eerily waft in and out of scenes. However, they are two very different things. Why was Santhana Bharathi used in just two scenes where he says the complete opposite things? From being a joke of a cop, how does RJ Balaji suddenly get the drive to ‘investigate’? It also allows for revenge marked with symbolism. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd The writing of the film plays with the contrast — dramatic situations get treated with subtlety. Is it possible to make a factually right, comprehensive argument with cinema? Isn’t there always a case, an angle or a perspective that can completely make us switch sides? His orchestral outreach (sometimes a tad overpowering) successfully gives a prevailing sense of unease. Top News
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Diya movie director: A. It is quite a joy to watch someone who looks beautifully real and emotes with integrity — the intermission sequence and the climax are examples to show why we need more heroines like Sai Pallavi. Vijay
Diya movie rating: 2.5 stars
How ‘politically correct’ do films need to be? Sai Pallavi is named Tulasi, a medicinal herb (she plays a doctor in the film). As the earlier title might suggest, the story of Diya revolves around a foetus, or to be more precise, an abortion. The other is undoubtedly Sai Pallavi, who makes a strong debut in Tamil with an incredibly subtle and measured performance. Sam CS is one. We later get one named Arokya. And if it is the latter, how holistic can our perspective be? In all sincerity, Diya has two heroes. Having said all this, it becomes important to say that I chose to look at Diya as a film just trying to tell a story — a tale of a mother whose choice was ignored. The film’s frames are bathed in sombre blues and reds — one is a ‘cold colour’ often used to convey melancholy and the other is suggestive of the bloodshed involved. Diya indulges in a few half-hearted diversions and those prove to be pricey. The colour palette effectively sets the mood as the film progresses from one crime to another. The film was promoted with her name and rightly so. The film opens with a hospital named Hope.