“Custody” is a thriller movie directed by Venkat Prabhu. The movie takes a long time to establish the plot, and the opening hour is spent introducing the protagonist, Shiva, and his supporting characters. The article discusses the lack of energy in the film and the introduction of stale ideas from the 90s cinema handbook.
The story revolves around Shiva, played by Naga Chaitanya, a constable who feels regret over causing the death of two people. Krithi Shetty plays Revathy, a driving school employee who accompanies Shiva. However, her character lacks purpose and is a hindrance to Shiva’s duties. Sarathkumar plays Nataraj, a senior cop, and Arvind Swami plays Raju, a local gangster.
The story takes place in 1998 and explores the political subtext of a state party replacing a national party. It also involves a woman chief minister capitalizing on the sympathy of a dead male leader. However, the political subtext is not effectively conveyed due to the lack of character development of Priyamani and YG Mahendra. The film also seems to stand in support of the central agencies, rather than the state law force.
The music of the film, composed by Ilaiyaraaja and Yuvan Shankar Raja, is not notable except for one interesting stretch. The stunt sequences show technical finesse, but the movie lacks fiery ideas and feels joyless.
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“Custody” is a thriller movie that lacks energy and inspiration. It takes a long time to establish the plot, and the characters lack depth. The political subtext is not effectively conveyed, and the movie seems to support the central agencies. The music is not notable except for one interesting stretch, and the film lacks fiery ideas.