Review: Diya - Interesting & Intriguing

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Apr 26, 2018 05:21 PM IST

Chennai: A horror movie does not need to be a spine-chilling one. It should entertain and engage audience. This what filmmaker AL Vijay has tried to prove through Diya.

Diya is a thriller, the main difference being that it is the ghost of a child — an unborn one, at that — which is on a killing spree.

Premam fame Sai Pallavi makes her debut in Tamil with Diya. Naga Shourya, Veronika Arora, Gandhari Nithin, RJ Balaji, Rekha and Nizhalgal Ravi form part of the cast. However Sai Pallavi and Veronika, who play mother and daughter, hog all limelight.

Diya as a supernatural-family drama with an ounce of revenge. It raises serious questions about premarital pregnancy and an apparent abortion with a touch of paranormal activities. Though the story is written well, Vijay seems to falter in execution.

The medium of communication between the mother and the daughter is melodramatic and music composer Sam CS adds right emotion with his work.

RJ Balaji as a police officer provide humour. Santhana Bharathi's character, which promises a lot in the beginning, is too short and fades away very soon.

Sai Pallavi and Veronika have given their best. Pallavi's emotional outburst and subtle expressions in several scenes are noteworthy. She has began with a bang in Kollywood. Young Veronika is the right pick. She deserves a pat for a good performance.

Three cheers to cinematographer Nirav Shah who lets his lens do all talking. A regular in Vijay's films, they share a good rapport and it is evident in the screen.

Overall, Diya provides an interesting watch.