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Kathakali Movie Review & Rating: A Decent Thriller

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Apparently, director Pandiraj has tried an action packed entertainer for the first time in his career as a director through Kathakali, starring Vishal. Has he succeeded in dishing out a successful movie in this particular genre? Continue reading our movie review to know.

Kathakali Plot:

Kathakali revolves around a gruesome murder of a local thug named Thamba. A search is on to uncover the murderer and the key to solving this mystery forms the crux of the story.

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Onlykollywood rated the movie 3.25/5 and said, "Overall, Kathakali is a bold and tough one night story which has enough in it to put Vishal's career back on track."


Behindwoods rated the film 2.5/5 and wrote, "With a decent production value and efficient work from cinematographer Balasubramaniem, Kathakali has no complaints with regard to the overall quality in presentation. Kathakali doesn't have the expected intensity, but is a one time watch."


Indiaglitz rated the flick 2.8/5 and posted, "Kathakali dances around a murder convincingly. In all, Kathakali is a good entertainer that slowly builds into an action packed thriller."

Lensmen Reviews

Lensmen rated Kathakali 2.5/5 and wrote, "On the whole Pandiraj's Kathakali is an average entertainer that has its highs in the treatment part, but lost rhythm because of an underwhelming typical climax that couldn't keep up with the realistic tension the film created till that point."


Galatta praised the movie's lead actor Vishal and wrote, "The entire film is on his shoulders and he does it with style." They also appreciated Pandiraj's attempt, cinematography, editing and background score.


Heytamilcinema rated the film 2.75/5 and said, "Though there is a lot of twist till the end, but a strong co-story is missed for the individuals taking part in the climax." They further added, "If you like suspense thriller then Kathakali will be a good experience to you".


Readersmail rated the film highly (75 percent) and wrote, "will be a winner; safe watch." They appreciated the movie's screenplay, background score, casting and cinematography.

Kollywood Box

Kollywood Box wrote on their official social networking page, "#Kathakali review: 3/5 a typical murder investigational theme and the conflicts that arises, good screenplay and Music is a big plus!"


MoviesGlitz rated Kathakali 2.5/5 and wrote, "Overall, ‘Kathakali' is watchable". They went on to praise Vishal's performance and his chemistry with actress Catherine. They however said that the editing could've been more precise.

Vishal, comes back to his home town from the United states and gets involved in the murder of Thamba. Is he the one who killed the most famous goon of Cuddalore? How does he get himself out of the sticky situation? These questions are answered in the remaining story.


Vishal is out on the big screen, doing what he usually does best. The 'action hero' of Tamil cinema excels in fight sequences and in the process might remind you of some of his previous flicks, which is the only drawback.

Female lead, played by Catherine Tresa, has very little to do in this movie, a hallmark Tamil heroine, with her lip-sync not being an exception.

Karunas impresses as a comedian and all other supporting actors have delivered what is required of them.


Balasubramaniem, yet again shines with his brilliant cinematography and is one of the positives of Kathakali. Editor Pradeep E Ragav has done a decent job in keeping this thriller close to 2 hours.

'Hiphop Tamizha' Aadhi's background score is intriguing and hence has helped Kathakali's cause. 

Director Pandiraj sure knows how to fabricate a thriller. The director, known for presenting high quality children films, will be signed in to helm more action-thrillers, post Kathakali.

While the first half takes its time to settle, the interval block makes you sit right up, making way for an interesting second half. Though the latter half is mired by uninteresting sequences, it has enough in it to keep you hooked till the very end.

Overall View:

Unlike the dance form, Kathakali  isn't all out fascinating, but surely has its moments.

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