Dejavu Movie Review

After completing over a decade in the industry, actor Arulnithi has earned the trademark as a thriller film hero. With his filmography in mind, it would not be a wild guess to take, that it is either a horror or crime thriller film the moment we see his name on the posters. If you had made that guess on Dejavu, voila, you are not wrong. The film tells the tale of a crime novelist whose fictional writings begin to transpire in real life causing problems to people. Actor Arulnithi who was last seen in the coming-of-age psychological drama D Block is back on screens with his mystery thriller flick Dejavu. Veteran actress Madhoo has played a vital supporting role. Debutant director Arvindh Srinivasan has directed the movie. So, how has the mystery thriller drama Dejavu come out? Will it help put actor Arulnithi back on the winning zone and reinstate his image of a bankable lead hero in Tamil cinema ? To know that let us get into the movie review. 

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The entertainer is set at a weird backdrop where novelist Subramani’s (Achyuth Kumar) fictional writings transpire into reality. Dejavu opens with an inebriated Subramani experiencing the fictional characters he had written in his previous novel come into his life, and pose a threat to him. He rushes to the police station to make a complaint. Seeing his tipsy state, the cops do not take him seriously. He goes back to home and begins to pen a scene about a girl getting abducted. The very next day the scene happens in real life. A woman calls the police station and informs them that Subramani has a hand in her kidnapping. 

The cops take Subramani under their custody. Shortly after his arrest, Pooja ( Smruthi Venkat ), the daughter of DGP Asha Pramod (Madhoo) goes missing. Fearing her personal connection could cloud her judgment, DGP Asha Pramod unofficially assigns the case to ACP Vikram Kumar (Arulnithi). Vikram Kumar takes charge and goes undercover to begin his investigation. To his surprise Subramani pens every move of his precisely as if he had already lived that moment. Who is Subramani, how do the events he writes transpire to reality, does he have any connection to the kidnappings, and will Vikram Kumar unearth the mystery behind this puzzle, is what makes the rest of the flick. 

For starters, the way Dejavu begins is an ideal way to begin a mystery thriller. A writer claiming that his fictional characters are disturbing him in real life. This, though weird, takes us by surprise and grabs our complete attention. Debutant film maker Arvindh Srinivasan quickly backs the element of surprise by building a crime around it. The groundwork to raise a solid crime thriller is laid right. Just when we get set for a towering high rise building to be built up on it, all we see is the construction of a shaky structure. Everything unravels with ease for the protagonist after a sake-of-it setback. He does not have to break a sweat to get past the confrontations he faces to crack the case. The logical loopholes in the plot are another set of wrong stones in the brick work that upset the structural flow. But the mystery anchor prompts us to neglect the loopholes. 

In order to keep the audience hooked, director Arvindh Srinivasan frames a series of twists at regular intervals. Sadly, we the audience without much work are able to sense the intent to deceive behind the twists. To place these twists new events that are irrelevant to the plot are written. Since the purpose of these events itself fails, they end up just stretching the film’s run time. Despite flaws, debutant film maker Arvindh Srinivasan built a screenplay that at least inconsistently kept us invested. But what completes a crime thriller? The startling climax. That is where Dejavu crumbles down like a house of cards. The moment the mystery is let loose, all the efforts put in to carve the path to the final show, go in vain. Suddenly, the logical loopholes that we chose to overlook, seem inexcusable. And Dejavu sent us home with oozing dissatisfaction. 

Actor Arulnithi, in a way, has been consistent with his performance. The same expressions, reactions, gestures, and emotional quotient film after film that we are so used to. It is high time the actor works on them to become a better performer. Nothing special comes off of veteran actress Madhoo but she lives up to her role. Actor Achyuth Kumar, yet again is impressive with his performance. Actress Smruthi Venkat has done justice to her part. Actor Kaali Venkat is exceptional as usual. Actress Maria Vincent serves the purpose for the reason why she was roped in. Actors Mime Gopi, Ragav Vijay, Chetan, Supergood Subramani, and Yalini Rajan have all chipped in and have played their part well. The rest of the cast has delivered what was asked of them. 

On the technical front, music director Ghibran’s tracks are not good but are not really bad either. His background score adds value to the film. Cinematographer P. G. Muthiah has covered the drama from the best vantage points possible. His visuals aid in setting the mysterious tone of the flick. Editor Arul E Siddharth has put his scissors at the right spots to trim out the junk clips enhancing the work of his colleague. 

On the whole, debutant director Arvindh Srinivasan’s Dejavu has an interesting idea but not the able craftsman to turn that idea into a displayable effigy.

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Kind of liked it. little different storyline. Arulnidhi's performance is decent enough. The reason why the girl was murderned at the hospital is not convincing. Decent watch

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If you assume, that the movie is written and directed by few debutants, than certainly u should watch and appreciate. We need sch movies, but in a better way. Otherwise we would be flooded with clich&eacute; movies like Annathe! <br/>Coming to the movie, the first half was interesting. I wish they maintained the same mood throughout... When the second half explains all the strange Dejavu moments, the viewer goes crazy. Viewer would need to be bribed to accept the illogical, impossible things shown on screen. Some sequences were confusing to me as well, maybe thats my non native Tamil knowledge and bad subtitles!! <br/>Even in the first half, some dialogues were too childish, like the colleague explaining multiple times about why she hired an OLA cab!!.. <br/>Pros<br/>Interesting premise.<br/>Performance by certain actors - the writer for instance<br/>No masala

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Debut filmmaker Arvindh Srinivasan’s Dejavu, a mystery thriller, features Arulnithi and Madhu Bala as the lead characters. Cinematographer PG Muthaiah has produced this movie, which features Kannada actor Achyuth Kumar, Kaali Venkat, Smruthi Venkat, and a few more actors as prominent characters.

The movie opens with a drunkard (Achyuth Kumar), arriving at a police station to give a complaint. He reveals a strange incident, where his fictional stories based on murders are turning into realities. Initially, the police constables perceive it as a clownery act, but sooner DSP Asha (Madhubala) realizes that the kidnapped girl in his story and reality is none other than her daughter (Smruthi Venkat). Unable to handle the case under the spotlight due to some reason, she appoints an undercover cop (Arulnithi) to crack the mystery and rescue her daughter. What unfolds next is a series of twists, turns, and revelations that will shock everyone.

Some stories are impressive when narrated, but the actual challenge is to translate them perfectly into visuals. Debutant Arvind has picked a good plot, and his works are far better than a routine package, we get from a first-timer. Actor Arulnithi has been consistently choosing unique stories, especially directed by newcomers, which earned him a good reception. In Dejavu, he has delivered what is exactly required from his character. He arrives too late in time, say nearly 25-30 minutes after this movie. The first half is decent and has interesting moments. For any thriller and mystery-based movie, the only challenge is cracking the mysteries gradually. Dejavu has some interesting twists, but the way, it has been narrated slightly simmers down the momentum. In most of the places, we are given an easy space to predict, and the climax twist blatantly looks inspired by the famous International movie, which found several remakes across Hollywood and Indian cinema (We keep it veiled due to spoiler elements).

There are lots of loopholes in the movie, which the director and team of writers should have carefully noticed and reworked. It shouldn’t be – I have written the scene, and I have my own reasons to justify it. Instead, it should be – I have written the scene, but my justifications aren’t convincing, so let me rework it. This isn’t a piece of advice, but a theory that has worked with outstanding results for many filmmakers. Of course, Dejavu never looks like a movie from a debut filmmaker, and if Arvind could improvise on these factors, he will definitely score more brownie points from the next movie.

On the whole, Dejavu has a good start and keeps us engaged till the intermission portions. The second half too is convincing, but proper work over avoiding the illogical issues and loopholes would have made it an elite club mystery-thriller.

Verdict: Starts on a high note, but gradually loses its intensity and momentum during the latter part.

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DEJAVU is an investigative thriller produced by Vijay Pandi and written and directed by Arvindh Srinivasan, who before this film used to be a movie critic. DEJAVU has an intriguing beginning and manages to tick all the boxes at the beginning. It is an interesting script and offers scope for some twists and turns. They don’t make you jump off the seat but they are not dull either. The pace of the film is even and as the film progresses, especially in the second half the film starts getting predictable. The flash back by then becomes obvious and the cliché climax doesn’t make it exciting. DEJAVU could have been a lot better than it actually is, had the casting been good. Arulnithi doesn’t fit well. Madhubala disappoints. Kali Venkat is his usual self. It is Achyuth who does a brilliant job in the role of a writer. PG Muthaiah’s cinematography is good. Background score by Ghibran is average. Dialogues are good. Editing by Arul E Siddharth is okay. Direction for a debutant is good.

DEJAVU has a surprising start but ends with a dejavu.

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Lacks a pinch of salt that could have enhanced its flavors.

Deja Vu had the potential of becoming a mind-blowing film but ends up being a thriller that leaves us with no complaints. (more)

Source: Meera Chithirappavai, MovieCrow

Dejavu, a crime thriller fails to live up to expectations

Arulnithi's performance is good and he has given what the role demands. Madhoo, who plays the role of DGP, tries to hold the film in some places. The film sets the right mood here and there, thanks to its technical aspects, like cinematography and music, by Ghibran, whose background score is powerful and intriguing. Arulnithi's effort to try something inventive is laudable, but Dejavu is certainly not a film you can experience more than once. (more)

Source: Logesh Balachandran, Times Of India

Despite the shortcomings, Dejavu is a watchable, engaging mystery thriller, thanks to its suspenseful story!

With more confined writing in the screenplay and better execution, Dejavu would have been a highly compelling mystery thriller, but what we have got is a lesser impactful version of the same. The problem with Dejavu is that what sounded exciting and intriguing on paper doesn't really translate with the same impact on-screen, especially the most important climax reveal. Read more at: https://www.galatta.com/tamil/movie/review/dejavu/ (more)

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Arulnithi-starrer investigative thriller checks all the boxes and never wastes audience's time

Arulnithi as the investigative officer is a smart pick, and he plays his part quite convincingly. Madhoo gets a meaty part and her character goes through a very interesting transformation phase which most can�t see coming. As far as a thriller goes, D�j� vu manages to impress to a large extent and leaves hardly any room for complaints. (more)

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Debutant director Arvindh Srinivasan’s Dejavu is an interesting murder mystery that keeps the ball rolling throughout and packs in some cool twists and turns. The film has a small fantasy angle to it, and explores it quite well and does a fine job with a minimalistic screenplay akin to the Malayalam thrillers we have seen in the recent past.

Dejavu is based on the story of how things go crazy a when a writer Subramani continues to pen his novel, which notes down all the incidents that take place in real life. As the police are clueless and the DGP’s daughter being kidnapped escalates things, an undercover cop Vikram (Arulnithi) walks into the scenes and dives deeper into the case. Dejavu has a very interesting first half, which has a crisp screenplay. In the second half, the film starts to deviate from the platform it has created for itself, and moves ahead only at a watchable pace, only to be picked up by the final stretch that has a couple of good reveals.

Arulnithi delivers another convincing performance in the film, playing the undercover cop. There is a lot to like in how the actor has worked on his dubbing which is sharp in this film, he shows a very good contrast to his earlier film in D Block.

The film also has fine performances from Achyuth Kumar and Kaali Venkat, but Madhoo does not come good in her role. Ragav Vijay who plays a supporting character in the second half, has done fine.

Ghibran sticks to a singular theme in the film, that augurs well on the whole. The rest of the technicalities are functional and the film itself is shot on a minimalistic scale that actually works well for it.

On the whole, Dejavu is a watchable thriller that keeps us glued to the screen with its proceedings though it does not have any great shakes. Arulnithi once again proves that he can pick good scripts, and Arvindh Srinivasan punches a neat debut with this one.  Dejavu Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas

Dejavu Tamil Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Hi Nanna Movie Review: A Family Drama Weaving Love And Resilience

While film boasts of stellar performances of those in lead, specific narrative paths may feel overtly dramatic..

Star Cast: Nani, Mrunal Thakur, Jayaram, Kiara Khanna, Angad Bedi

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Shouryuv

Writer: Shouryuv

Original Language: Telugu

Other Available Languages (Dubbed): Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam

Runtime: 2h 36m

Available on: Netflix

Hi Nanna" Movie Review: A Family Drama Weaving Love and it's Resilience

What’s Good: Nani, Mrunal Thakur, and Kiara Khanna deliver stellar performances, breathing life into the characters and dynamics of the heartwarming family drama. The on-screen chemistry between the lead actors creates delightful moments, while the ensemble cast, including Shruti Haasan, Nassar, Priyadarshi, Angad Bedi, Jayaram, and Hemayat Rahman, significantly enhances the film’s appeal.

What’s Bad: Occasional predictability and deliberate pacing may be observed, and specific narrative paths may feel dramatic and cinematic.

Loo Break: Consider taking a break around the 1-hour and 48-minute mark when an item song, ‘Odiyamma,’ featuring Shruti Hassan , unfolds. The song does not significantly contribute to the plot; remember that the narrative picks up pace swiftly after this musical interlude. Plan your restroom break accordingly to avoid missing crucial developments in the storyline.

Watch or Not?: “Hi, Nanna” is a compelling watch, especially for those who can establish a deep emotional connection with the main characters. If you appreciate love stories and romcoms enriched with heartache and a surprising twist leading to a happy ending, this film is tailored to your taste. However, if this genre doesn’t resonate, explore other cinematic options that align better with your preferences.

Language: Telugu

Available On: Netflix

Plot Summary:

“Hi Nanna” unfolds the captivating tale of Viraj, a dedicated single father portrayed by Nani, and his six-year-old daughter, Mahi, skillfully played by Kiara Khanna. As the narrative delicately navigates through picturesque settings and unexpected twists, it explores the complexities of love, marriage, and parenthood, ultimately delivering a cinematic journey filled with emotional depth.

Hi Nanna Movie Review: A Family Drama Weaving Love And Resilience

Hi Nanna Movie Review: Script Analysis

The script of “Hi Nanna” might leave some viewers with a sense of déjà vu as it traverses familiar territory within the realm of family dramas. While the narrative unfolds with skillful storytelling techniques and propels the audience through unexpected twists, it may lack the distinctive “wow” factor that sets it apart from similar genres. The film’s reliance on certain old-world tropes and exploring well-trodden themes might contribute to a feeling of predictability, potentially leaving the audience wanting a more innovative and surprising narrative approach.

Despite this, the script successfully engages with emotional depth, delving into the complexities of love, resilience, and family dynamics. While it may not break new ground in terms of originality, the familiarity embedded in the storytelling could resonate with those who appreciate the comforting allure of traditional family narratives. Although not ground-breaking, the script provides a foundation for the stellar performances and emotional resonance that characterize “Hi Nanna.”

Hi Nanna Movie Review: Star Performance

Nani’s portrayal of Viraj in “Hi Nanna” is poignant, showcasing his emotional depth and acting prowess. From his character’s belief in love at first sight to embodying the dedicated father willing to go to great lengths for his daughter, Nani’s performance resonates with authenticity. This role stands out as one of his most compelling avatars, leaving a lingering emotional impact beyond the theater.

In the portrayal of Mahi, Nani’s character’s daughter, young Kiara Khanna, exhibits an adorable charm and displays impeccable acting prowess. Her performance left a lasting impression and surprised me with the depth of her abilities, showcasing tremendous potential for her future career. Kiara’s emotive connection resonates universally, leaving an indelible impact on almost every viewer.

In her role as Yashna, Mrunal Thakur exhibits an extraordinary performance, deftly manoeuvring through the intricate facets of her character with seamless finesse. Her contribution extends beyond mere acting, infusing an additional layer of profound depth into the narrative. The palpable on-screen chemistry she shares with Nani becomes a pivotal element, substantially enhancing the film’s overall emotional impact. Alongside Nani and the other accomplished ensemble cast members, Mrunal Thakur ‘s stellar performance collectively propels ‘Hi Nanna’ to the echelons of a poignant and sophisticated cinematic experience.

Hi Nanna" Movie Review: A Family Drama Weaving Love and it's Resilience

Hi Nanna Movie Review: Direction, Music

In his directorial debut, Shouryuv demonstrates a keen understanding of storytelling nuances in “Hi Nanna.” His ability to blend fate-driven elements with poignant narratives showcases a promising start to his filmmaking journey. Shouryuv’s careful pacing and clever storytelling techniques contribute to the film’s engaging experience, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in the intricate threads of love, Resilience, and family dynamics.

Hesham Abdul Wahab’s musical brilliance in “Hi Nanna” is a captivating companion to the unfolding narrative. The haunting melody of ‘Idhe idhe’ resonates at crucial junctures, adding an undeniable emotional layer to the film. Wahab’s masterful incorporation of soothing sounds and strategic silences enriches the auditory experience, elevating the overall impact of the storytelling.

The synergy between Shouryuv’s direction and Hesham Abdul Wahab’s musical prowess creates a harmonious cinematic experience in “Hi Nanna.” Sanu John Varghese’s cinematography and Praveen Anthony’s editing further enhance the emotional depth of the narrative. Together, these artistic elements form a cohesive and resonant tapestry that elevates the film, making it a visual spectacle and a symphony of emotions woven into the fabric of the storytelling.

Hi Nanna Movie Review: The Last Word

“Hi Nanna” transcends expectations, providing a cinematic odyssey that intertwines heart and soul. While occasional predictability and pacing concerns emerge, the film’s emotional richness, outstanding performances, and artistic elements harmonize harmoniously, resulting in a captivating viewing experience. Shouryuv, Nani, Mrunal, and the entire cast collaboratively sculpted a splendid film that resonates profoundly with the audience, establishing it as a must-watch for those searching for an emotionally resonant family drama.

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