Film Review: Diary
The Arulnithi starrer, Diary, directed by debutant Innasi Pandiyan and produced by S Kathiresan, released in theatres today, on 26th Aug.
Arulnithi plays Varadhan, a rookie cop who is on a decade old case of murder and theft. For this, he travels to Udhagamandalam where he is helped by the local police force. During the investigation he chances upon a mysterious intercity bus that maybe carrying the suspected criminals. But when he enters the bus and embarks on the journey, a series of mysterious events take place. Does he manage to solve the case? Where does this journey take him? Who are the occupants of this bus?
Arulnithi is extremely convincing as the tall, athletic, intelligent, sincere and diligent cop who packs a mean punch when needed and uses both brain and brawn in equal measure. He also excels in the emotional scenes. Diary is one more sound script he has chosen and he brings Varadhan to life with a subtle but impactful performance, easily in the list of his career bests.
The BGM by Ron Ethan Yohann is a huge plus and the songs too are pleasant and well picturused. The camerawork of Aravinnd Singh deserves special mention as does the editing by SP Raja Sethupathi and action by Phantom Pradeep, especially the scenes in the moving bus.
It is commendable that despite the story being filmed in a bus for a large part, monotony does not set in. The choice of the hill station setting adds to the appeal of the film.
The romance portions are well conceptualised and blend in with the story without distracting from the plot.
The dialogues are crisp and the ease with which emotions, thrills, chills, humor, pathos and suspense are all blended together in a refreshing storyline, make Diary an engaging, enjoyable and riveting watch.
Rating 3.75/ 5
Writer & Director Innasi Pandiyan
Co-Producer Sekar Babu
D.O.P Aravind singh
Music Ron Ethan Yohann
Editor S.P.Raja Sethupathi
Action Director Phantom Pradeep
Lyricst Gnana Karavel
Playback Singers Ron Ethan Yohann Vandana Srinivasan
Choreography Sri Krish
Costume Designer Meenakshi Sridhar
Make up Vinoth Sugumaran
Setting master Ramalingam Meshtri
Sound Mixing Suren.G
Sound design S.Azhagiya Koothan Suren.G
Colorist Infinity Media
Dubbing engineer Knack Studo
G.Kodhandam.Bsc.D.F.Tech Vignesh Guru
VFX Sky high VFX Studio
Ray Max Studio
Vfx Supervisor Monish.H Surendhar.G
PRO Suresh Chandra
Public Designer Pradhool.N.T
Production coordinators Mohan Krishna Moorthy M.Rajendran