Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Udal Movie Review : A well-paced domestic thriller
Review: Udal is a dark film, looking at an incident that takes place over one night, and what a long night it is.
Kuttichan (Indrans) is an old man with vision and hearing issues, while his wife Kochu has been bedridden for four years. They are looked after by their daughter-in-law Shiney (Durga Krishna), while her husband (Jude Anthany Joseph) is away for work. Shiney was forced to quit her job in order to take care of her mother-in-law and in the absence of her husband, there is tension at home. Her only relief was her college mate and now paramour, Kiran (Dhyan Sreenivasan), and they meet at her home often at night. One night, Shiney asks Kiran to help her get rid of the ailing mother-in-law, and he eventually obliges.
Indrans lives the character of Kuttichan, who is disabled, but manages his needs. He brilliantly portrays a powerful personality, who juxtaposes vengeance with his helplessness, and determination. Durga Krishna gets a rare, powerful role, and she too excels in her performance as Shiney. The audience can feel the intensity of her frustration, and even when she is abusive, it seems to come naturally. Dhyan as Kiran gives a fairly good performance, but the movie belongs Indrans and Durga Krishna.
Debut writer-director Ratheesh Reghunandan sets the benchmark high with a brilliantly directed, well-paced movie, and he knows how to deliver an impact and when to stop. Manoj Pillai’s cinematography has caught the mood perfectly. William Francis’s background music is really apt for the situations; scary without being over the top. Sahas Bala’s art and Nishad Yusef’s editing all add merit to the movie.
Udal is definitely worth a watch.
V Vinod Nair