Plot & Narration
Technical Aspects and Music
An accessible thriller led by a solid act!
Director Vijay's latest outing in Diya is a straightforward thriller that goes by the textbook with it's limited intent. The film has a decent plot, and builds on it's tension using a flattened out narrative pattern that is predictable yet accessible.
Cast: Sai Pallavi, Naga Shourya, Baby Veronika, RJ Balaji, Rekha, Nizhalgal Ravi & others
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Music: Sam CS
Dialogues: Vijay & Ajayan Bala
Written & Directed by: Vijay
Produced by: Lyca Productions
Release Date: 27-04-2018
Run Time: 01:40:00
Director Vijay’s latest outing in Diya is a straightforward thriller that goes by the textbook with it’s limited intent. The film has a decent plot, and builds on it’s tension using a flattened out narrative pattern that is predictable yet accessible.
Vijay, who decides not to experiment too much with his style of narration, takes a very direct path aided by the acting chops of Sai Pallavi and the surrounding cast, who fit the bill neatly. Right from the start, the film concentrates solely on it’s intent and doesn’t pace way to any unnecessary elements or commercial compromises, barring a comic track with RJ Balaji which will be liked by a section of the audience.
It’s a real good debut for Sai Pallavi, who has waited long enough to find herself a solid role with lots to emote. As a doting mother who misses her possible daughter, she seems to be the perfect example for an actress in a world dominated by beauty and skin show. Telugu actor Naga Shaurya comes up with a passable performance, which is neither too good to make a mark nor too bad to whine about. The supporting cast are apt in their duties and contribute neatly to the film.
Nirav Shah hands over a good load of visual points to the film, with Sam CS contributing with a one-toned score.
Overall, Diya is a basic, spaced out thriller from Vijay that does the best it can within it’s boundaries.