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Kadaseela Biriyani (2021) Netflix Movie Review: A fantastic cinematic experience

Kadaseela Biriyani (2021) Netflix Movie Review

Quick Glance

Director: Nishanth Kalidindi

Writers: Vivekanand Kalaivanan Nishanth Kalidindi(story)

Stars: Vasanth Selvam Vijay Ram Hakkim Shah

IMBD Rating: 7.8/10

Gener: Comedy Crime Drama

Storyline & Review

This film appears to be stunning. KADASEELA BIRIYANI is a new black comedy thriller in Tamil. It is director Nishanth Kalidindi's first feature film, and despite the fact that it was reportedly completed in 2018, it was only released in November and is now available on Netflix

You can tell this is going to be unusual from the opening credits. The font they used and the pictures that surrounded the titles were the only things that stood out. There's also a voice-over narration by Vijay Sethupathi, who subsequently appears in the film in a short cameo. 

The film's visual appeal, aesthetic, and general style are truly stunning, and this is easily my main takeaway from it. Hestin Jose Joseph and Azeem Mohammad did the cinematography, and it's no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most beautiful films I've watched this year. 

There are some stunning shots, particularly in the first half. It's a Tamil film set in Kerala, and I'm once again taken aback by the lovely natural environment. The way the woodlands are caught in this film almost gives it a dreamlike air, and it reminded me a little bit of Tarkovsky's STALKER, as did CHURULI

How these three brothers navigate their way through this strange landscape on their quest to avenge their father's death. The film KADASEELA BIRIYANI is a revenge story with a few twists. For the first time, our main character, Chikku Pandi, the youngest brother, refuses to participate in any violence. 

He and his father were able to break escape from their abusive household. Everyone else in the room, including the mother, is a bloodhound. However, Chikku, who is played by Vijay Ram, is deceived by his two older brothers, Periya and Ila Pandi, who are played by Vasanth Selvam and Dinesh Mani, respectively. 


The first part of the film is a touch slow, and they take a while to get to their objective, but I didn't mind because it was so brilliantly filmed, and the tone and darkly humorous atmosphere of the film was perfect. 

When they arrive at the landlord they want to kill, he's not alone; his son, the most crazed of them all, is with him, and he becomes the main antagonist for the rest of the movie. Hakkim Shahjahan plays him, and he does a fantastic job portraying this absolute monster, who, of course, also controls the crooked cops. But I have to tell it how it is. 

He started to irritate me a little bit towards the end. KADASEELA BIRIYANI is just under two hours long, which isn't particularly long for an Indian film, but I still believe it might have been cut down. At the midway point, there's a terrific and grotesquely amusing surprise, but it runs out of material near the conclusion and becomes a little repetitive. 


And, because the second half takes place primarily at night, it loses some of its captivating visual appeals. I also found Chikku Pandi, the protagonist, to be uninteresting. I loved the difference between his brothers, but it wasn't emotionally or engaging enough to draw me into the story and characters.

Final Thoughts & Score

I liked it as a dark and sophisticated thriller comedy, a small story about murder, power, and retribution set in a gorgeous, raw natural location with shots of various animals, but there was something lacking. The camerawork, the acting, and the music were all excellent and original. 

Nishanth Kalidindi's voice and style were clearly heard, but they didn't entirely win me over. Despite having one of the year's funniest sequences. Let me simply say one thing... lemon soda! In general, I'd give KADASEELA BIRIYANI a 7 out of 10 ratings. It's closer to 6.8, but I don't do it.


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