Inayathalam (English: Website) is an Indian Tamil crime drama film, written and directed by newcomer director duo Shankar-Suresh. The film features Ganesh Venkatraman, Shweta Menon, Erode Mahesh and Sukanya in the lead roles, with Delhi Ganesh and Y. G. Mahendra in supporting roles. Featuring music composed by Arrol Corelli, Inayathalam was released on 19th May 2017 to positive reviews.
Its a remake of a hollywood movie Untraceable, the film involves a serial killer who rigs contraptions that kill his victims based on the number of hits received by a website that features a live streaming video of the victim. Millions of people log on, hastening the victims’ deaths.
The plot involves an anonymous website streaming murders live. And in a fiendishly clever way, the brain behind these crimes commits them in such a way by feeding off the voyeuristic needs of the public. The cybercrime officers handling the case, Ganesh (Ganesh Venkatram), Helen (Shwetha Menon) and Ganapathy (Erode Mahesh), are at their wits end, as the criminal is sophisticated enough to not leave any clues in the digital world. And even as these cops try their best, one among them is captured. Who is committing these murders, and why?
The only thing that Inayathalam has going for it is intent. It wants to talk about an issue that has very little awareness. But as a film, it is exactly the opposite of what it wants to be. More than a thriller, this feels like an unintentional comedy because of an underdeveloped script and poor direction. The latter, in fact, puts the actors in poor light because their performances resemble pantomime. And amidst all this farce, there is the score by Arrol Corelli, a Mysskin find, which exists in a different dimension. It tries hard — really hard — to make us care about what is happening onscreen, only to feel so out of place. But this is the kind of film that cannot be salvaged.
Directed by Shankar-Suresh
Starring Ganesh Venkatraman, Shweta Menon, Erode Mahesh, Sukanya, Delhi Ganesh, Y. G. Mahendra
Music by Arrol Corelli
Cinematography Karthik Raja
Edited by M. R. Rejeesh
Release date 19 May 2017