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Movie: 16 - Every Detail Counts
Cast: Rahman, Prakash Vijay Raghavan, Pradeep, Santosh Krishna, Praveen, and others
Music: Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography: Sujith Sarang
Editing: Sreejith Sarang
Producer: Chadalavada Padmavathi
Writer and Director: Karthick Naren
Banner: Sri Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Films
Release Date: March 10, 2017

The Tamil film 'Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru' aka 'D-16' has been making a lot of noise. Off late, Indian filmmakers are trying out some very different films and one among them is “Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru”. The film's Tamil version that released on December 29, continues to hit the headlines still. The film won critical acclaim as well as commercial success. 'D-16' was dubbed into Telugu as '16'. The movie is presented by Chadalavada Brothers, expecting the same success for its Telugu version.

The film starts in an apartment with a murder scene of a couple. The murder case is automatically handed over to a sincere inspector called Deepak (Rahman) who starts the investigation right away. Things are not as simple as they look for Deepak because the case keeps getting way too confusing for him with every passing hour. On the other side, there are several crimes are linked up with each other that makes things hard to solve the mystery case. What are those things link up with the murder case? How Deepak solved the mystery case forms the rest of the story.

The performances are terrific and they take center stage. Rahman is superb as the investigating cop and gives his career best performance. His performance during the climax is very good and the way he holds the entire film speaks volumes of his talent. Prakash Raghavan and all other cast have delivered fine acting.

Technically, this is Director's movie and credit should go to young director Karthick Naren who has written a fab story and executed it in an even better manner.Crime thrillers always click because of the taut screenplay and racy narration. The same happens with '16' too as the film is narrated with some brilliant screenplay. Karthick Naren induces layers of suspenseful moments which keeps you guessing until the very end. It is for sure an impressive way of story telling. One could see that editor Sreejith Sarang and director Karthick Naren have worked on the same page.

But, one of the biggest drawbacks of the film is that it is too complex for a common audience. The audience is forced to keep guessing throughout, and when people walks out of the screen, they will debate on how things happen. The director wins that part. But one feels he must have addressed certain twists that were left abrupt, possibly assuming that those scenes look self-explanatory. The revelations that we get in the climax are something that works better on paper than on screen. That is why the final portions are a little underwhelming from a narrative standpoint; there are logical loopholes and narrative deceptions. The normal audience who loves basic stuff is bound to get confused with the way the case takes twists and turns. Even after watching the movie till its end, a section of the audience will surely have many doubts about the plot. But then, the strength of '16' lies in the filmmaking, which dazzles us enough to make us set these quibbles aside and applaud it. The way certain crime scenes and links are combined proves the genius of the director who is a talent to watch out for.

Jakes Bejoy’s background music elevates the scenes and creates a tense mood during the entire duration of the film. The film's Cinematography is top notch. Visuals, mostly dark and rainy, have been showcased in a very effective manner. Telugu dubbing is very good as Hema Chandra’s voice nicely suits Rahman. Production values are very good.

On the whole, '16 - Every Detail Counts' is a gripping thriller with an impressive storyline filled with some good suspense right until the end. If you ignore the confusions arisen during the first half, this film is a very engaging watch for all those who love crime and investigative suspense thrillers. But those who look for regular entertainment can keep away from this film which completely sticks to its genre.
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