“Dairy”, from the makers of “Mantra”, follows the same genre of suspense thriller where the most unexpected events take place taking both the characters in the film as well as the audience by surprise.
Sivaji is one of those care-free characters who takes things as they come and never bothered about anything particular in life. He purchases a house in Vizag which is well furnished and tastefully decorated.
Sivaji finds a dairy in the library of the house and finds a warning that the contents of the dairy should not be gone through. He however persists. The dairy had been written by Anthony, the previous owner of the house, who is generally thought to be not alive.
Meanwhile, Shraddha Das, a village lass, seeks shelter in the house as she is got caught in a heavy downpour. She provides the necessary relief through light hearted romance. Because of the warning at the first page of the dairy not to read the contents, and Shivaji persisting with reading what is written in the dairy, will Sivaji invite any disaster to him or Shraddha or both?
This film being a suspense thriller, suffice it to say that the unexpected climax is reached through a maze of chills and thrills.
Sivaji has by far has given his best performance, particularly when he is surprised by the events and is pretty cool with his wry humour. Shraddha Das has, at last, got a chance to show her acting skills and she succeeds in doing so in spite of her meager attire and generous skin show. Sujitha and others are quite adequate.
The story by Arun is well written with logical extension of each scene. The screenplay is the highlight of the film. The director Machakanti Ramakrishna has not resorted to any cheap tricks like sudden bangs or irrelevant cuts or jump editing. There are no usual outdated contrived camera angles trying to sow the seeds of fear. There are no songs. Still, the director takes you through an edge-of-the-seat suspense throughout until the unexpected climax. The cameo of Yandamoori Veerendranath is a refreshing, yet clever inclusion in the scheme of narration.
Cinematography and editing are good, and along with audiography, have enhanced the quality of narration.
The film “Dairy” is a must-see for all those cine-buffs who are die-hard fans of the genre of suspense thriller films. For all others, there is nothing wrong in having a “dekho’.
The Cast and Crew
Sivaji, Shraddha Das, Sajitha and others
Written by: Arun
Editing: Goutham Raju
Producers : Kalyan Ram Chukka, Bokam Megha Syam
Banners : GeNext Movies and Great Ocean Entertainments
Direction: M Ramakrishna
2.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar