directed by Karthick Naren
Rehman as Deepak
Prakash Vijayaraghavan as Gautham
Ashwin Kumar as the aspiring cop
Karthikeyan as Melvin
Praveen as Mano
Bala Hasan as Prem
Yaashima Aanand as Shruti
Mohan's Measure ✳ ✳ ✳ ✳ ✳
As many readers know, I am really into film noir. Its dark, captivating genre reminds us to be humble yet committed in life; it emphasizes its gray areas, and upholds the inevitable success of justice. It is obvious that such film requires a certain emotional maturity to make, what to speak of write. It requires a certain precision, a focus to details of emotion and personality.
Needless to say, to learn to Mr. Naren is just 21 years old is perhaps the most impressive thing I can say about D16. It is profoundly classic noir, bringing an aging gentlemen together with a tough aspiring cop to discuss what it means to serve, and to recall the events of the baffling case which brought the older one to disillusionment and retirement.
But, there is more than flashback here. The story is told from different angles; what-ifs are intermixed with facts. The image of a psychotic killer plagues our mind, and we find ourselves just where the brilliant director wants us to be, where the cop is, outside of ourselves, confused, asking too many questions of ourselves and the film.
Throughout it all, we are haunted with Rehman. He is stoic, honest, unattached to the cops around him, and to the witnesses who fill him with information. For him, it is a matter of doing the job and justice. The risks result in a tragic accident which leaves him without a leg, and his young partner, Gautham, in a coma. The years will pass without answers, with Divine Justice waiting in the wings, and a shocking answer is revealed, to our applause.
D16 is a like a fine wine or a good cup of coffee. It invites you in, carefully sinks you in your seat, and sets your thoughts ablaze.