directed by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
Pavan Malhotra as Irfan Khan
Veerendra Chowhan as Musharraf
Mohit Chadda as Ramu
Shashank as Kumar
Janardhan as Shankar
Abhishek as Vivek
Sindhu Tolani as Aditi
Mohan's Measure ✳ ✳ ✳
After hearing my views on Telugu film-noir, a good friend pointed me in the direction of Chandra Sekhar Yeleti and his neo-noir movies. I have reviewed a couple of the director's films already, but have missed Aithe, a clever little twist to the film noir experience which brings in a touch of dark humor.
The movie tells the tale of four desperate and relative naive young men who make just the right assumptions and successfully kidnap the most wanted man in the world. He turns out to be a villain with a warm spot for naive kidnappers, and we find ourselves entertained in the way he plays with them throughout.
The goal is to somehow hand the man over to the police, which takes the second half and turns it and us upside down into a deeper, far more complex story about informers, spies, and corruption.
The plot is tightly packaged around the four young men, the villain, and the sister of one of the four young ones. Surprisingly, she is there not as love interest, but as an intelligent and rational adviser to the zany bunch of money-hungry schmoes.
The movie reminds us, in a dark but comical way, how the best of things can come from the best - albeit misplaced - intentions.