A former cop looks back on the case which left him disabled and forced him to quit the force.
Here goes my first review, I am not a critic but a cinephile. As acinephile i thought of writing a review for this movie. When was thelast time we were experienced a unpredictable ending in tamil movie?But I can say that now this movie has lived and satisfied large numberof tamil movie watchers.
The Movie. Well No spoilers ahead. I want all of you to watch the moviein theatres!!!! D-16 is tick tock dark thriller that keeps you edge ofthe seat. An aspiring young director says ”life is so unpredictable” socan this film, I highly recommend this. Makes you think, feel anddebate. That’s the sign of quality filmmaker.
Apart from performance all credits goes to director. And last creditsgo to composer and cinematographer. Hats off to them. Great work.
After the trailer impressed quiet a number of people, I had animpression that this will be yet another movie which fools around withits trailer. Karthik Naren proved me wrong.
Never seen such a dark crime thriller in Thamizh Cinema. I must say, noone expected such a young lad to perform this much.
The cinematic dark tone, grippy BGM, Screenplay treatment, Almostperfect Casting, makes this a must watch movie.
Although this is not a perfect movie, having its own loopholes, itstill stands out from the crowd.
Thamizh Cinema is indeed evolving.
Written and Directed by debut Karthick Narain. With his 2 short filmsexperience, stepped into feature film by taking a crime thriller asplot.
A crime case investigation by a police officer and the way he get intothe target along with multiple views from different persons involved isD16.
A complete investigative mystery thriller generation where it start theride from the very beginning without spending much on any ordinarystuffs. Success of a engaging investigation lies on the clue which comeacross for the next chain of scenes, even a dialogue from the moviesays this as few clues of what we intend to know will come to us on itsown. When we think of from where to start next, there comes a scene togive the route.
Rahman, who do only limited unique character back in for the role wherehe perfectly fit in and his subtle acting apt for the investigation.Other cast, though they travel throughout, they neatly perform whatthey expected from them.
As there is no songs in this movie, BGM plays the high scope for musicdirector and it truly justified in the movie with right tone. Cameraand lighting are well managed as most of the scenes happens at nightwhere the subject shine in dark.
Length of the movie is another plus where cuts are rightly placed andthe engagement didn’t take any downside till end.
For a debutant director, the efforts and smartness spent on writing istruly evident while watching this mystery. Experimental in terms ofmultiple views of the crime scene and intelligent enough when the knotunfolds which gives a different view.
D-16, one of the best thrillers in the recent times. Directed by thedebutant Karthick Naren. Debutant? Yes, one would wonder how this ispossible by a debutant. Karthick directing his first movie has done anexceptional job.
The first crime scene might seem average, but there on it’s entirely adifferent movie. Each and every scene is planned to perfection andkeeps the audience engaged till the end. Suspense is what Karthickmasters, he keeps everyone guessing till it is unraveled.
Rahman as Deepak has justified his role. His Malayalam dipped slangmight seem a bit unfit but it doesn’t over shadow his acting. The storywas narrated from Rahman’s point of view. Almost all the other facesare new. Everyone has done an exceptional job.
Characterization was another plus no unwanted or annoying characters.Every character has contributed something to the plot. The backgroundscore by Jakes Bejoy has travelled along the movie that plants each andevery scene in mind. Cinematography is another technical aspect thatlifts the movie. Sujith Sarang with the camera has to be lauded for hisefforts.
It’s a nail biter one might find travelling along the story till thevery end. Karthick is another find for Kollywood. When we leave themovie halls we might still feel suspense circling our heads (Few twistshave been left to be judged by the audience).
It has all the ingredients of a perfect murder mysteries. Right fromthe keeping the viewers engaged through multiple perspectives of howthe murder could have happened to increasing the pace and twists tillthe climax, it is screen play at its best.
To choose new faces and to go without songs, i think the directordeserves a special mention. This movie is an experience you will love.You will feel that you are a part of the investigation and that iswhere the director scores.
You know a movie is brilliant if the entire audience applauds when thecredits starts rolling. Kudos to the entire team to have scripted sucha price of work. 10/10
Kudos to the entire team for this wonderful story with neat screenplaywithout any loopholes.
That suspense till final frame of the cinema is the biggest plus ofthis movie.
This kind of creator is much needed for Tamil industry.
Producers should come forward for this kind of story;
Hope this film will bag many awards this year.
All the very best to director and congrats for matured acting fromRahman.
D16- best thriller movie with amazing work from all departments ofCinema work.
Wow wow wow is the word you will think or say when you watch thismovie!! It is just on a whole another level and I would give this moviemore than 10. This deserves to be praised much more!! Every scene andeverything in the movie has a purpose. A movie without songs which is aplus and just a very good thrilling story! I do not want to spoilanything since you need to watch it till the end. You will definitelynot be bored but it is a movie that requires attention and it sure doesmake you attentive since it is so interesting. I loved it so much,words cannot describe it enough.. I watched it with my family and wewere just astonished.. This is all I can say.. Superb acting and superbconcept.. This is a movie you need to watch before you die.. I thinkactors who only do commercial movies can learn from this! This is whatyou call a movie..
Lovely murder mystery. Nice to see a movie with suspense being thetheme with perfect pacing, enough eye for details, solidly enacted, nodistractions of songs etc. Pretty much whatever makes a good solid yarnof a suspense from the good old school is in here.
Two deaths, missing woman, disappearing witness and a Cop led by hisassorted bag of assistants, including a new recruit in the hunt.
I loved the way the story dealt in small details, especially at thepolice station, the new cops, the stress around their work etc. Rehmanplays his part well.
Definitely worth a watch.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Looking at the box office this film collected is just completely sad.All the berserk Vijay and Ajith fans just go for their movies justbecause they are popular. Out of the many kollywood movies Bairavaa wasthe least realistic and one of the out-of-logic films. It has collectedmore than 110 Crores. Even though Karthick Naren is a young director,he has produced a great film. This is a must watch for everyone. I amvery happy to see that Kollywood has entered the mindset where the plotand acting matters more than the actor. D16 has produced a very goodending, sad yet satisfying.
Overall, this movie needs to be a blockbuster hit.
Very good attempt by the upcoming director Karthik. Right from thefirst scene movie is engaging.Rahman as a police officer has done agreat job. No heroism just class. Unusual crime thriller which we don’tget to see much in Indian / Tamil cinema. Loved the reference to Mariogame of 90s and the magic brick dialogue. Rahman does have a faintMalayalam Accent during the voice over rendering. Very good editing andcinematography. Conclusion in climax doesn’t leave much Questions inmind and covers almost all left over bits. All actors have done justiceto their roles. I would recommend all to watch this movie as it wouldbe one of the must watch thrillers in tamil history
Reality by par, I would sense the story from start that what was itabout and the narration which is well handled until the lastminute.Thriller treat for anyone who likes to get engaged with crimeinvestigation.The most liked dialogue after for anyone would be ”Karmais BITCH” . There will be lot of expectations from Karthick Naren whohad got a lot of fame from his first flick. At least , I would !!
On the other side,Screenplay goes slow at time and could have been withmore twists in first half.”There it still shows the inexperience inreal direction” reviewed by one of well known directors. After Mumbaipolice, Rahman is treat to watch.
Overall , A awesome movie with great talent show in scriptwriting.Could have been better on direction and screenplay.
The summary tells the whole story, the movie is very gripping, you haveto be very attentive to catch every minute detail right from start themovie is well made, following points have caught my attention
1. Masked killer (Makes you want to know who is inside), greatintroduction
2. Rahman rubbing the eyes, which is shown as graphic in introduction.3. Character of gautham is well made. 4. Up to the climax the killer isgiven great importance, but the real motive behind the story isordinary and that intricate details are also well woven in between theplot to minute detail. 5. Ultimately our protagonist falls victim to afate which he knows far later, but cant much help.
I cant believe a debutant director has made this movie. Tamil cinemahas gone to a new level, i would rate this movie above Thani Oruvan and24.
Surprising twist till last frame.
One of the excellent role portrayed by Rahman
Director karthick Naren is one to be taken very seriously
FINALLY !!! A KIND OF FILM I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WAITING FOR IN TAMILCINEMA ! Truly a mind-twisting movie experience! A dark-thriller!Indeed one of the best dark thrillers in Tamil cinema! The sound mixingand background for this movie is so brilliant. Truly a a genius!Karthick Naren an young director in his early 20s delivers one of thebest thrillers made in Tamil cinema. Although you might have no ideawhere the film is taking you to, no worries, the climax of the moviewill leave you in shock. Rahaman the actor of this film totally pulledit off with ease. Its sad to see that not many people can appreciatethis master piece, more films like this should come out. Support thiskind of films and don’t let Tamil cinema rot in the name of masalafilms. Top notch thriller which you will not regret watching. Its worthevery penny of your money! Go watch it! My score – 9.2/10
One of the best mystery thriller in Tamil movies. especially smallsmall details that director carried out is excellent. Dialogues are sointense and meaningful. There are no irrelevant (not even one) scenesor songs. The end song with connecting the plots. wow. Well done. Kudosto Karthick Naren. A warm welcome to Tamil industry. Only flaw I couldsee, movie flow as they show. However, it doesn’t impact anything.Worth watch.
I would say this is one of the best film in recent times.
Specially Mr. Rahman (the old evergreen romantic Malayalam’ssuperstar), he is a class act in this movie.
Big congrats to Rahman Sir and Director for immense performance andcommitment shown towards this movie.
All other actors did their part too…
Screenplay is awesome.
Requesting distributors to treat this kind of movies in top category.
Must watch movie.
This movie is my favourite movie of 2016. A movie like this took abloody long time to come. Karthick Naren thank you. In a masala filledindustry with cliché dialogues and overrated action sequences,thismovie definitely stands out. The movie puts you in the edge of yourseat from the very beginning. The movie captures every details sodelicately. The plot is decent but the way it is dealt with is whatmakes the movie so thrilling. Rahman did a great job to keep usthinking till the end. This movie should have been dubbed and releasedin multiple languages. The twist was like icing on a black forest cake.Best 1hr 44 min of my life. This is a must watch. DO NOT MISS IT
Heavily recommended to me as one of the finest investigative thrillersin modern Tamil Cinema, I chose a distraction-free weekend to watchthis movie with full attention. I was told that I would not be able tofollow the storyline if I missed a single scene, so I was all the moreexcited.
The movie started smoothly enough with enough to keep us hooked in thefirst few minutes itself. It boasts of crisp well paced dialogues andgenerous plot twists but not too many to the point of confusion. Lovedto hear Rahman’s self dubbed dialogues, tinged with a bit of Malayalamaccent but confident and charming enough. We can find new facesthroughout but with clearly defined characterisations of each. AshwinKumar, who had given an impressive negative performance in theMalayalam movie Jacobinte Swargarajyam, proves his mettle here too.
The development of the plot doesn’t talk much about the investigativeskills of Rahman but makes it more natural and plausible. We do keepguessing the killer after an hour into the movie but it was refreshingto not see a clichéd ending. A couple of unanswered questions are onthe tip of the tongue once the movie is over but we can assume andclose the loose ends
New music director Jakes Bejoy has given a supportive bgm track andcommendable finishing song. Kudos to the Karthik Naren, who hasventured bravely into the cine field at such a young age and made hismark here on his maiden attempt itself.
you are gonna definitely think its serial killer movie from watchingits trailer. its more than that its sexy mixed up much accuratethriller. Don’t miss the any slight point till the movie end.
The film opens with a mysterious guy stepping out of a car and entersinto a house. Retired cop Deepak recalls his unsolved murder case andstarted to share case experience to his friend’s son, whose ambition isto become an IPS officer. The best thing about an investigation movieis to force audience to keep guessing throughout, in that sense itreally works. The film has some twists that were left open to viewersand it’s hard to call it loop holes, let’s assume those scenes are selfexplanatory. Karthick Naren’s first priority was Arvind Swamy,unfortunately he can’t get through to him. Rahman was one of the bestthing that happened in the movie and Without him it might have been afilm with a brilliant script. Rahman was effective as a police officerand the realistic way of police officers talk was also good to see.With the help of lights and equipments cinematographer Sujith Saranggives the feeling of a beautiful crime investigation movie. Thedirector, Karthick Naren a 21 year old crafts an investigation moviethat grabs you from the first scene onwards and his dedication levelwas evident in each scene. Overall, nothing to say more about thismovie, just go and watch it.
Heard a lot about this movie. Did not live up to the hype.
*Karthick Naren’s direction is top class for a debutante
*The ambiance of the movie is good till the last 20 minutes
*Underwhelming story-line with many plot holes, easy to miss with themelee of threads in the movie
*A lot of convenient strokes of luck strewn throughout the movie – theambiance of the moving being the saving grace in making the deductionslook extra-ordinary when they are anything but that
*The last 20 minutes are clichéd to the core, with the director takingthe easy way out to finish the movie.
Verdict : Over-rated is the word.
When one particular name of a movie keeps rounding your ears amongstmovie-buff circle, anyone would be rather intrigued to go for it. Thatis how I set to watch D16. A movie with no anticipation, zeroexpectation, just to experience the cinema and get entertained.
Movie starts with a crime scene and sets to move forward a few yearswhere the flashback of investigation is told. The exaggeration aboutthe crime, the mystery throughout the investigation and the search forclues – all these factors adds up to keep you in edge of your seatpeeking on tip of your toes.
Plot is rather simple, but the narration in a police’s point of view istop notch. You can’t help but think about the crime scene andinvestigate along with the movie. That’s how beautiful the narrationis.
Karthik Naren has announced his arrival to Kollywood with anastonishing debut. The story and screenplay were nothing less toperfect. Dialogues were so mature for such a young director.
BGM beautifully synced with the rugged tone of the movie. Glad thatthere wasn’t any song to ruin the flow.
As the name suggests, there are 16 characters in the film. But thereare two outstanding characters in the name of Rahman and the Constablewho assists Rahman. Rest all of them have done their part in upwardsdirection.
This movie is a perfect treat for all people. It gets you toinvestigate, think and keeps you active and entertained in all means.Its a rare genius.
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016): This movie garnered lot of recognitionwhen it was known that a 21 year old Eng.drop out directed this one ofthe best mystery thrillers of Indian Cinema.Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is aclever investigative whodunit thriller of Kollywood which was releasedin December 2016.Since then I have been waiting to watch this film andat last successfully accomplished it.
Plot: Retired and handicapped cop, Deepak (Rahman),discusses about hisfamously unsolved case of the murder to a young man who wants to jointhe Indian Police Service. On a seemingly dull morning six years ago,Deepak is called in to investigate a suicide of a young man that laterturns out to be a case of homicide. Even as he probes this, he gets aphone call about a woman missing from her flat, where there are tracesof blood. Deepak realizes that there is a strange link between thesetwo unfortunate women.Ther seems an insidious motive in every suspectand witnesses too..
1)Story Screenplay and Direction: Karthik Naren is a true genius whobrought us an interesting investigative murder mystery as his debut.Hereally has all the qualities of becoming a gem of Kollywood cinema withhis extraordinary skills of visualization and writing. Naren’sscripting often appears muddled — causing confusion in the mind of aviewer. A thriller or mystery cannot, after all, be such a jigsawpuzzle that solving it diminishes a fair degree of cinematicenjoyment.Naren must be commended for his highly focused way ofnarration. No distractions here.
2)Cinematography: Cinematographer Sujith Sarang has maintained thiscinematic dark tone which built the tension to the core.Definitelydeserves a nomination for awards.
3)BGM: If Karthik as director is the brain of the film,cinematographyand BGM are like heart and eyes of the film.They played a key role inthe movie’s suspense building.
4)Performances: All the actors who are mostly new face have done aterrific job with natural performances.Rahman as Deepak is very goodand perfectly gave his best output.
So,Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is the best proof for Young Indian FilmMaker’s talent and their technical brilliance.A perfect investigativemurder mystery after a long time.
My rating 8.5/10
The most tricky genre to present a flawless narrative is without doubtthe thriller genre,where 21 year old debutant writer-director KarthikNaren struck it big,the foremost reason why Dhruvangal Pathinaaru isthe most celebrated tamil movie in quiet a long time.The dexterity thatKarthik showcased in handling the investigative part,the way themystery was worked out and how he utilized the technical support on hisdisposal to the fullest is commendable and a noteworthy lesson forbudding filmmakers who are struggling to make a mark on the movieindustry.
There wasn’t a single scene that could be counted unwanted or a singlepoint in the narrative where Karthik lost his grip and he could succeedin keeping me engaged to the investigation right from the very firstscene till the end credits appeared on the screen.Surprise package ofthe movie was Rashin Rahman who stunned me with one of his all-timebest performance,a terrific comeback of sorts and a much needed breakfor him in Kollywood,where he was a sort-out lead hero back in the 90s.
The music and background score by Jakes Bejoy was in tune with thenarration.D.O.P Sujith Sarang deserves a special applause for histop-notch frames that gave a neo-noir feeling to the presentation.
Dhruvangal Pathinaaru has already achieved the much deservedsuccess,being the most talked about and commercially successfulKollywood movie in recent times.Make sure you don’t miss out on thismust watch crime thriller !!
From the moment it begins, it gets you hooked to the event. It makes usconstruct the scenes leading up to the ”event” based on the informationwe receive as audience.That is what a thriller is supposed to do!
Great job! Looking forward to future movies from Karthik Naren. Veryimpressed
Those who were complaining about mainstream films, particularly thenon-Indians, the recent time has been in their favour. It was some timesince the change has begun, but now the gaps between mainstream andparallel cinema is narrowing. The good news is it’s not just Kollywood,but every Indian film industry taking this stride remarkably. Since I’mvery attached to Tamil films, my observation says the quality of thosefilm contents were comparable with international standards. Why I’msaying that with confidence is there’s a chance this film would beremade elsewhere around the globe.
So now you might be curious about this film. It is not a brain teaser.It is simply a mystery, but the developments, especially the filmcharacters never stop till the final. Like the title says, up to 16,the new characters keep coming not giving any space for you to breath.So predicting anything makes so hard. All along the twist and turns,including a couple of them were clichéd which were needed for ascreenplay like this, particularly to divert the viewer’s attentionfrom foreseeing upcoming scenes. In a similar, I thought I found a bigflaw, but after some time moving ahead further I realised I got it allwrong.
A middle aged man who recently retired from the police service after anincident that led him to lose one of his legs, recalls a series ofevents of his final days on the duty with a guest aspiring IPS officer.So going 5 years back when a double murder in the same residential areatook place, the investigation kick-starts with bringing-in threesuspected youngsters. But later, from different angle of the sameincident adds more complication. After joining all the pieces togetherstill they only get different theories, but not truth. That final piecein the puzzle revealed only in the last minute, which deciphered in astyle.
❝Karma is a boomerang. However far you may hurl it… It will bounceback to us.❞
Once you watch finishing it, you will come to know it was a straightstory, but turned into a nonlinear narration. Especially the differentcharacters coming into the frame at different stages of the narrationare the most cleverest part. It’s good to recall everything you saw tomake sure you understood the film. Some people watch such film twiceand it is surely not a bad idea. But like I said, it is not abriantwister if you focused enough since the beginning. This is one ofthe shortest Indian films, so the pace was super fast to cover everydetail.
The entire film was a flashback. That’s the main reason to givepreference to only the most needed parts. But from the audienceperspective, the story they learn can be viewed from any angle for adifferent result. I mean, some of us usually choose sides if there’s arivalry in the tale. In this film it was a guessing game surroundingthe deaths. Except a very few characters, no one stays for very longwhich only fuels the mystery further.
The best part is there’s no lie, like any film character committing oneto escape the law. The narration only avoids the full detail which iswhat makes us tough to crack the nut. Those given false statementsnever see the light on the progression, which is a big hint you if youare watching it for the first time to stay on the right course topossibly come close to the truth before the film reveals itself.
It’s the writing and the direction that makes this film great. FromHollywood to French, Korean, we often see good script like this, but inthe execution where most of them fails. From the casting andperformances to the locations, technical side of the film, even turningit into a good quality product with such budget was remarkably done.
This is the director’s feature film debut and it is a loud statement ofhis arrival. Mainstream commercial cinema is a trap with big stars, soI hope he stays in the parallel cinema. Coming back to the film, it isa must see for neo-mystery-thriller fans. One of the best films fornon-Indians to try if they haven’t seen any Indian films. But anyway, Istrongly suggest it to everyone.
As a huge fan. critique and well wisher of tamil cinema, I have beencontentiously disappointed with bad films . As I was just about to losehope, this gem came up and restored my faith in Tamil cinema.
This film is AMAZING. It is a work of genius. It is, by far, one of thebest tamil film I have seen in recent years. This film might not beeveryone’s cup of tea but it is certainly my type of film. It is acrime thriller that moves steadily with the story slowly, but surely,untangling itself as the film goes on. The actors and the technicalteam do a great job at portraying believable characters. The dialoguesare good and the cinematography is well done.
The star of the film is the director. At a young age of 21, he hasachieved what many experienced Indian directors still cannot and thatis creating a top-quality cinema. The screenplay is also excellent.Overall. This film is a must see and has raised the bar for upcomingtamil films and I, personally, do not see this bar being raised byother films any time soon.