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K13 Movie Review | Shraddha Srinath, Arulnithi starrer is a meta thriller

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K13 movie review | Debut director Barath Neelakantan’s K 13, a meta thriller, is not flawless but it has some solid surprises to make audiences leave the cinema hall on a high. It is one of those thrillers that need patience to really savour its twists, surprises and pay-off. Even though the film takes time to warm up and really makes sense, the pay-off is worth sitting through.

One of the up and coming actors in Tamil cinema, Arulnithi prefers scripts that are not your usual run of the mill fare. This decision has made his filmography interesting and daring, to a certain extent. Arulnithi has once again picked the mystery whodunit genre with his new film K13, a psychological thriller directed by debutant Bharat Neelakantan.

K13 is quite an edge-of-your- seat, with a crisp running time of 104 minutes and minimal dialogues. But somewhere in the middle, it sags. However, the dip is made up for in the last 15 minutes with a stunning climax reveal. The entire film takes place in a huge apartment complex which brings back memories of Rajkumar Rao’s Trapped, with hardly any outdoor shots. The title K13 is derived from the apartment number where the action takes place. The best part about the film is that the director keeps the viewer guessing till the end.

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Shraddha Srinath is fantastic in a difficult role of a writer obsessed with herself. Yogi Babu in a cameo as a courier boy breaks the mounting tension in the film. Sam CS’s background score is strictly okay. Although a film with such a short running time should ideally be pacey, the narrative of K13 falters due to a few loopholes in the plot.

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