Kutrame Thandanai (Crime is Punishment)
Director: M. Manikandan Starring: Vidharth, Nasser, Rahman, Pooja Devariya, Aishwarya Rajesh Run time: 98 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Year: 2016 | Country: India
Tamil Naidu’s hottest young filmmaker M.Manikandan returns to the festival after last year’s hit Kaakkaa Muttai (Crow’s Egg), with a stylish, twisted plot thriller. Mild-mannered, hard-working bachelor, Ravi has tunnel vision and is on the brink of blindness. With little in the bank, he can’t raise money for an eye transplant. He lives in a cheek-by-jowl tenement block and every day watches a young female neighbour below as she greets her male visitors. One day the police call on Ravi. The woman has been mysteriously murdered. Ravi says he saw the last two culprits, but as he is called in to testify in court, the wealthy murder culprits’ go-betweens try to bribe Ravi to refute his claim. Ravi sees a last ditched opportunity to make some money and save his sight. He embarks on the dangerous journey into corruption, where he is soon also in danger of becoming the murder suspect.