Average Critics Rating: 3
Cast: Nayanathara, Sunu Lakshmi, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, Ramachandran Durairaj, P.V.Anandakrishnan, and child artists Ramesh and Vignesh
Director: Gopi Nainar
Producer: Kotapadi J Ramesh
Banner: KJR studios
Kartavyam is set in a dry land village where people suffer due to scarcity of water. Madhuvardhini (Nayanthara) is the district collector in the region. A worker couple find it hard to raise their two kids. One fine day, their younger one accidentally falls into a boring pit. Madhuvardhini along with her team of government officials are set on mission to rescue the kid. Their struggle to save the girl forms the crux of the story.
Kartavyam is inspired by true incidents. The film is made in realistic approach. Though the plot is simple, gripping screenplay makes it a edge of the seat thriller. Pathetic conditions of farmers and daily wage workers in the dry areas are well presented. Hard hitting facts like people celebrate launching of rockets but fail to realize that they are deprived of basic necessities like water. Film takes off on slow note showcasing hardships of a family. It gets racy soon as the tragedy is struck. The scenes involved to save the kid are both nail biting and tear jerking at the same time.
Nayanthara delivers powerhouse performance as collector. Sunu Lakshmi and Ramachandran Durairaj are terrific in their roles.
Director Gopi Nainar made strong impact with his realistic treatment. Cinematography plays key role in bring that dry look that makes us feel thirsty. Background score needs special mention for tension in thrilling scenes and misery in tragic scenes.
Bottom-line: Kartavyam is thought provoking