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8/10
A gripping suspenseful tale
saru20201 August 2021
It is one of the best of Sibiraj after a very very long time.

The film got a good surprising element as it takes us through a few decades old incident revivals/investigation that unfolds a lot of characters but still giving a strong foothold to each characterisation by the director was something that shows their efforts they've put into the script, keeping us engaged & gripped almost throughout the film making us do the guesswork of who would've been the culprit and when that surprise unfolds it definitely gives a nerve maybe because of the kinda revelation or the bgm or something but that piece was interesting though it could've been done in a much better way by having a known face/villain(like KS. Ravikumar or Petta villain) in that character as it'd have amplified the role as a whole and also the dialogues/convo b/w the pro/antagonist could've been bettered up to give even more amplification. But, overall it was a good watch for sure.
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Kabadadaari, With Sibi Sathyaraj And Nandita Swetha: This Investigative Thriller Is Focussed, But Also Flat And Flavourless
shefali-5924422 March 2021
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Pradeep Krishnamoorthy's Kabadadaari is based on Hemanth Rao's 2019 Kannada feature Kavaludaari, and in terms of plot and structure, it stays fairly close to the source material. Sibi Sathyaraj plays a traffic cop named Sakthi. He wants to do more. He wants to be a detective. And he gets his chance (unofficially) when three skeletons are discovered in the earth being dug up for Metro Rail construction work. From my review of Kavaludaari: "A small boy, presumably the child of one of the workers, is playing with a ball. The ball bounces into a trench, and the boy follows, stepping carefully on the loose sand on the walls of the trench. The crux of this moment is the discovery of the skeletons - it's what sets the plot in motion, and you'd think this is where the big drama will play out." The boy will see the bones. The soundtrack will seize the opportunity and go ballistic.
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3/10
Skip it
sujith789_reviews26 February 2021
Better skip the movie. This is an example of how not to make a thriller.
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Good mystery let down by lacklustre execution
sharansrinivas-g28 February 2021
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Kabadadari is among many engrossing mysteries (like Thegidi for instance) that has a great core but is let down by lacklustre filmmaking. The film as a whole works because of the story but at the same time doesn't because of a dull execution.

Should you watch it? Yes! It's an interesting murder mystery. The murder(s) in question were committed 40 years prior to the film's setting. So, prepare for some grossly tinted sepia tones, big hairdos and a lot of facial hair (be it past or present). The first 2 hours were interesting. The last 30 minutes was a drag. I wonder if the antagonist's flashback could have been sizably edited.

Mild spoilers ahead.... Speaking of editing... Praveen KL's work on the film is good in the earlier portions but there are these jump cuts (especially involving entering, starting and exiting cars) that put me off. I'm a fan of jump cuts. We all have our favourite Godard jump cut (mine is Seberg in the car in A Bout de Souffle) but cutting a second or two out of the process of getting in and out of the car doesn't make sense. You could cut that whole action out and it'll not be any different. When I talk about dull execution, it's these portions. Setting up a shot of them getting inside the car could help make this transition look more organic and in a word, better. If you're looking to trim the runtime, you could've cut out the so-called "item song" which was already trimmed. You could have taken the remaining minutes. You could have trimmed the overlong investigation where Sibiraj looks into a ledger and then stares right at us. It was hilarious and corny. You could have cut out the scenes where Abhishek plays the annoying supervisor who chides Sibiraj for dreaming big and flunking in a test. So many possibilities!

The item song mentioned earlier serves as an introduction to a supporting character (played by Suman Ranganath). The initial setup makes it easy to predict that the character is going to end up dead very soon. Her death is announced by a morning telecast which shows the actress in a pool of blood with a bindi on her forehead that's made from blood. She's been shot in the head and all we see is a small coin-shaped patch of blood - right in the center of her head. This scene irked me a lot. Why do head shots always hit the center of the forehead? Why can't you go a little to the right or to the left. Why always in the center? There are so many questions you'd like to ask the filmmakers and yet, you know that you'll never get a proper answer.
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6/10
Kabadadaari is a decent crime thriller with some surprising twists
kumarankulam19 February 2021
Pradeep Krishnamoorthy's Kabadadaari is the official remake of the Kannada film Kavaludaari. We have seen many crime thrillers in Tamil and Kabadadhaari is definitely one among them. Kabadadaari is a thrilling film that wasn't made in the usual commercial format. We don't have unnecessary romance, dance numbers or even, superhero kind heroism which is refreshing. There's a certain uniqueness in the narrative pattern which works at moments. The interesting plot points that derive from the original film seem to have their proper place in this one too. It actually works at times and gives us a certain excitement during the narrative but it wasn't effective which is a major letdown in this film. Kabadadaari doesn't connect us with the characters. We are not able to feel their emotions or to understand their mindset because we don't have the much-needed emotional connectivity. There are few emotional scenes that are not strong enough to make us feel for it. Despite having strong performers, we don't get the effectiveness or the connectivity needed which is slightly disappointing. Sibi Sathyaraj is playing the role of Shakthi, a traffic constable who is stepping into a very old crime case without his higher official's permission. Sibi Sathyaraj fits well in this role and performs with his given space. Nassar plays a pivotal role and his performance is definitely helping the film to be more interesting. Jayaprakash dons another justifying pivotal role. Kabadadaari might fall prey to a middling screenplay but it's lifted by the brilliant background score of Simon K. King. After creating a pulsating background score in Kolaigaran, he is the one who drives the film effortlessly. His background score keeps us thrilled in the suspenseful moments. Speaking about Director Pradeep Krishnamoorthy, he has done purely justice to the content. The flaws that keep us away from the narrative could have been well done but honestly, Pradeep has made a film that would make your time. Overall, Kabadadaari is a decent crime thriller with some surprising twists.
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7/10
Good crime thriller movie
maruthuk-214703 July 2021
Movie travels from the perspective of Sibi right from the word go. It starts with lots of open questions, which are answered in the last 30 minutes of the movie, which means screenplay is very good. Still somehow feeling like movie is better suited for OTT than theatres, not sure why. There are only three prominent characters in the movie and they are Sibi, Nasser & Jayaprakash. With Jayaprakash, whatever character is given to him, he excels in that. Superb acting by both Sibi & Jayaprakash.
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10/10
Must Watch Crime Thriller Film
rosheenkan20 June 2021
Sibiraj deserve it by receiving praises. I am impressed at his performance. This is must watch for crime solving police officers.
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9/10
Suspense Thriller
avmsarav26 February 2021
Good acting by each one in the film. So many twists and Unexpected Climax. Music was backbone for some places. No need of songs. Director was well thought of the film. Some scenes are mesmerized the way it was taken. One time watch and Great Suspense Thriller....
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10/10
#mustwatchforcops
SENKETTRU29 January 2021
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A must watch cop movie that's way out of the reality. Irrespective of heavy cinematic dramatic climax, a good watchable movie with the family. Government should take sternous efforts to broadcast these movies to government officials.
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2/10
Poor show by Sibi
preethammech18 March 2021
Movie is good in many aspects. But Sibi is just a boring guy to sit and watch. He just ruined. Better to watch the original Kannada Kavaludaari.
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7/10
Kabadadaari
srism1 February 2021
The way of story was better. Then the narration was superb!! But few twists were Expected, Have a decent crime thriller experience!
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3/10
Slow and predictable
sksushanthcool28 February 2021
The movie is very predictable. It is not engaging enough and bores you at many places in the movie. Story had potential but was not utilised properly.
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10/10
Nice Crime Thriller Movie
hmwaykiss1 March 2021
Don't be mad with other reviews. Good plot. Good story line. Good twists.
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3/10
Would be the worst movie in 2021
noorulj27 February 2021
This movie should have been released in 1990 i think. Worst screenplay and casting should be better. It is like mega serial.. Would not recommend anyone to waste their time..
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10/10
It's worth the watch, don't be fooled by low ratings.
nandycandy-629541 March 2021
Not sure why this movie has a low rating but this movie is good and technically well written and well directed for a remake. Take your time to watch it.
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10/10
Good remake
saiavarul15 February 2021
Same like original kanada movie.. Well done team..
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7/10
Good Story Telling
jazeemkhan16 February 2021
Specially I love the BGM's, cast and crew acting superb. one of best movie of sibi..
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4/10
Avssudharsanji
avssudharsanji28 January 2021
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Awesome movie first blockbuster in 2021. Kabadatharai-Mystery blockbuster My rating -10/10.
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10/10
Must watch movie!!
vrrevathi30 January 2021
Must watch movie !! Twists & turns are very good. Nice plot.
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9/10
Karma is a boomerang
drmanosjd27 March 2021
Must watch! Very good thriller movie. Everyone had done their role very fantastically.
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7/10
Good example of portraying Karma
kumarnvn1 March 2021
Beyond suspense the movie has very good social message. One should always do good and be good which is always permanent.
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9/10
Good
rajeshwaran-8656612 February 2021
I like to say good movie. 1st was very good. Bgm is good. Nasar Character was awesome and villain role is good.
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