Ever since the lockdown, three major films have reached the audience through OTT platform (‘Ponmagal Vandhal’, ‘Penguin’ and ‘Danny’) and all of them have a thing or two in common- female protagonists and crime stories.
The latest entrant, Danny, starring Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead, is about a woman police officer and a dog who investigate a murder case. Let’s check out what the movie is about and how it is.
Kundhavai (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar), a police inspector, takes charge of a police station in Thanjavur. A woman’s body is found burnt to death and everyone believes that her husband is the murderer.
Kundhavai arrests him and she is is being thanked even by the mother of the man. But Kundhavai believes there is more to the story and follows other leads.
On the other hand, Danny, a dog, is an expert at nabbing suspects. Danny is brought in to help with the murder investigation and the probe proceeds well.
At a time when Kundhavai chases the suspects, tragedy hits her home. Is she able to find the real criminal(s) or not?
Directed by L C Santhanamoorthy, the film should have sounded good in its basic plot form. But the end product has not fulfilled the expectations fully.
Scenes, except a few, are routine, written just to serve as a means to an end, with no effort to make it coherent or interesting. Though Danny gets huge build-up, the cute canine doesn’t get much screen space.
Varalaxmi delivers solid performance, while the rest of the cast includes Anita Sampath, Vinoth Kishan and Vela Ramamoorthy. There are some scenes which are good and impressive.
On the whole, though the basic idea- ‘with the help of a sniffer dog, a policewoman leads the serach for a trio of drug addicts who rape and murder women’ sound interesting, the execution is not up to the mark.