Adhe Kangal resembles a magician trying to keep his show afloat despite revealing all his cards to the audience beforehand.
There is a scene midway through the movie when Janani Iyer’s Sadhana says “Inemel therirathuku ena iruku?”. It’s quite ironic that this innocuous dialogue sums up the viewer’s feelings perfectly. You can see the plot twists a mile away and there is little to look forward. Even when the movie throws up a couple of surprises and when things promise to look a bit interesting, it sadly meanders back to the predictable road again.
The screenplay was rather tepid and resembled a stage production zoning in and out of scenes, offering precious little to keep the viewer engrossed. While I had viewed this on Prime against the backdrop of quality thrillers like Ratsasan, I doubt it would have held up any better against D16 at the time of release, which was a technical masterclass from another bunch of newcomers.
It’s really unfortunate that Adhe Kangal, despite having an interesting premise, doesn’t really convert it into a good enough final package. The team deserves credit for its efforts, but the barometer in Tamil cinema is so high these days that the movie seems to fall quite short.