Production: Srinivasa Silver Screen Cast: Aadhi, Bhumika Chawla, Rahul Ravindran, Samantha Ruth Prabhu Direction: Pawan Kumar Screenplay: Pawan Kumar Story: Pawan Kumar Music: Poornachandra Tejaswi Background score: Poornachandra Tejaswi Cinematography: Niketh Bommi
Mystery thrillers often rely on its unpredictability to keep the viewers at the edge of their seats. Often filmmakers tend to get so involved with the way they tell their stories that they lose track of the big picture. In U Turn, director Pawan Kumar pays attention to every detail, however, miniscule it may be, but the pace of the film suffers. What starts of as an engaging film turns into a predictable, stretched out fare.
The film revolves around Rachana (Samantha Akkineni), an Intern with the Times of India, who investigates traffic violations on RK Puram flyover, where several motorists manually remove a divider to take a U-Turn on the flyover. Before she knows it, Rachana is picked up by the police in the middle of the night and is accused of murder. While the entire police force looks at her as the prime suspect, officer Nayak (Aadi Pinisetty) believes that she’s innocent and hears out. As they investigate the case, they uncover a series of mysterious deaths of those who had taken the U Turn on the flyover.
U-Turn has a crispy run time of just over 2 hours and manages to keep you fairly engaged. However, the director seems to be in a rush to end the film, and it takes a lot of tropes that you may see in a usual thriller. By the time the major twist is unveiled, we have a slight idea of what it is. The bland interval block too, doesn’t raise much curiosity, which is a very important element for a film of this genre.
The detailing gone into this film is highly intriguing and there is no doubt about it. Pawan Kumar uses the visuals to carry the story forward. There is a horseshoe falling down in a house, suggesting that the person has run out of luck. A few moments later, he is killed. During the opening credits of the film, we repeatedly hear the word ‘Karma’ in the background score, and the film is based on that theme. Rather than just being the premise, the flyover comes off as a character by itself and that is something very impressive.
In case, you don’t have plans of watching U-Turn, please take a U-Turn and rush to the nearest theatres. There is so much on offer and will guarantee you an engaging and entertaining flick.