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(U) (2018)



2 hrs 15 mins

Audience Review

143 Ratings

Release Date

27 Apr 2018
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: April 27, 2018 03:12 PM IST

Diya Review

Sai Pallavi has made it three in a row with respect to her performances in debut vehicles. Irrespective of the movie's result, Pallavi commands a certain amount of adulation and appreciation for her performance and Diya is no exception.

AL Vijay seems to evolving well as a director with each passing day. Though the storyline is predictable within the few minutes into the movie, the director has treated the screenplay better and has stuffed the movie with emotional quotients.

Final Verdict A decent summer treat and an emotional ride!

Diya is structured as a revenge thriller, the main difference being that it is the ghost of a child — an unborn one, at that — which is on a killing spree. And the victims are its own family! The script doesn’t have a lot of flab, and at about 100 minutes, the film feels sprightly enough.

Surprisingly, despite these strengths, Diya isn’t compelling enough. Vijay works with tropes that are too familiar — lonely apartment block, freak accidents, bumbling cops, and underwritten characters who we never come to care about.

The director has tried to make the audience feel what the loss of an unborn child entails. He has tried to put forth the point that the couple chose to abort ‘the girl who could have been another Indira Gandhi or Kalpana Chawla’.

Speaking about the cinematography by Nirav Shah, a particular car accident shot in a 360-degree angle stands out for all the wrong reasons.

'Diya' s premise of an unborn child coming back to haunt and kill those responsible is quite interesting in the beginning. The climax holds some emotions that lacks in the rest of the screenplay.

On the downside, for a horror the film lacks suspense and does not gain momentum through emotions too. Contrived scenes are piled up one after the other.

Verdict : Go for it if you fancy different subjects and don't expect much otherwise

The film deals with the horror genre, and that becomes one of the major plus points of the film. Diya is a no-nonsense horror film and has a sensible and subtle approach to it. There is no confusion in conveying the message to the audience through the film, and the team is totally focussed on their content.

Verdict: Diya's plot is sensible to the horror genre. If the predictability factor is pushed aside, the film might engage you emotionally!

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