Review :GALTHA

By Rinku Gupta
"Galtha” marks the third directorial outing of filmmaker Hari Uthra, who earlier made “Theru Naaigal” and “Padithavudan Kizhithuvidavum”. Malarkodi Raghupathy, Usha and Hari Uthra are producing this film for Malar Movie Makers and I Creations. 

The  star-cast comprises of Siva Nishanth, Merku Thodarchi Malai fame Antony,  Ayraa, Divya, Gajaraj, SMT Karunanidhi, Kaaka Muttai Sasi, Suresh, Muthu Veera, Pazhaya Joke Thangadurai and Raja Simman in title roles. K. Jai Krish has composed music and B. Vasu is handles the camera with Muthu Muniyasamy as editor. The others in the technical crew are Kotti (Stunts), Suresh (Choreography), Inba Art Prakash (Art),  Blesson (Designs), Pa. Laxman (Stills), Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu-Kuwait based Kavignar Vidhyasagar (Lyrics).

The story is set in a rural TN area near the Kerala border where medical and other  waste is being dumped by unscrupulous people in connivance with the local politicians and police.
When the villagers start dying of diseases, a few resort to protests but to no avail as they are unable to break the nexus.
Are the people ever able to get out of the mess?

The premise is  undoubtedly an interesting one as the issue of environmental pollution is a topical one. The film starts of promisingly enough, but meanders into emotional melodrama and personal stories while nothing concrete seems to come out of it. 

The camerawork is good, especially the night shoots,  but too many facial close ups dont make for pleasant visuals and could have been avoided.  The Galtha title song is well cho
The actors have done their job well. But a meandering screenplay doesnt hold your attention. The film doesnt rise to its full potential.

Rating: 2/5

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