Some movies move at their own pace. There seems to be nowhere to go. There is no rush to get anywhere. As life moves slowly, so do movies. Set in a fast-paced life in small towns and villages, the stories of these films reach the heart, but if the story is a police case, its slow pace may be just opposite to your interest scale. Sitaram Vinoy Case No. 18 is a film based on a good story, but it seems the director had envisioned a web series and had to make the film. The film is too long.
Aan, Ban, Shaan and Man challenge Aan, Ban, Shaan and Man to a policeman for burglarizing their house. Sitaram Vinay has been posted at Village Police Station in Shimoga District. Some cunning thieves target his house. The investigation revealed that some other such thefts have also taken place. In search of the link, Sitaram and his companions resort to various methods, without much success. During the investigation, Sitaram’s wife is murdered and a new process of investigation begins. In this situation, Sitaram got hold of case no. 18 files. A serial killer file. Between the investigation of a theft case, this exercise to find out the truth behind serial murders, where does Sitaram take him, the climax of the film hinges on the same.
This is writer-director Devi Prasad Shetty’s first film and perhaps that’s why no skimps have been taken in the writing. The problem with new writers is that they consistently show the reasons behind every event in the film. The heroes try to justify the character traits of the heroine or the villain and that is why they want to say everything themselves instead of the audience’s intelligence. Devi Prasad Shetty is also facing the same problem. Despite this he has produced the film very well.
Nothing new as a director. But a novel film shows how much hard work a policeman has to do. There is no evidence or clue, Sitaram (Vijay Raghavendra) suddenly finds out and he is not even a super cop who solves cases in a flash. At the initial stage they find it disappointing to solve the case. The film is Kannada actor Vijay’s 50th film and the entire film is based on him. Producer Satvik Hebbar plays the villain in the film but disguises himself to keep the camera in focus.
Gagan Baderia’s music is good, the film had some opportunities for songs, which were totally unnecessary. Although the songs are beautiful and melodious. This is cinematographer Hemant’s debut too and he has done a good job. You can see the correct use of top shots and drone shots. Since the characters lead very ordinary lives, their shots are taken in natural light. It is also the first film of editor Shashank Narayan. Perhaps the director’s influence was high, so he could not remove many unnecessary scenes, due to which the film was extended by almost 20 minutes. Director Deviprasad’s intention is to ride on two plots, keeping the film largely under control but after the entry of a new character, the film slips.
The film would have been more interesting if it was just a story of a thief-cop game. A gang of mischievous thieves and a police officer, but not that. The film is good. long. Patience is required. See you when there is more time. Or if you like to watch slow moving movies then this is a must watch. In Sitaram Vinay Case No. 18 the mistakes will be less visible.
Tags: movie review, Film analysis, re-evaluation
First Published: October 02, 2021, 14:53 IST