Nethraa is a 2019 Indian Tamil thriller film co-produced and directed by A. Venkatesh. The film features a cast including Vinay Rai, Thaman Kumar and Subiksha in the lead roles and visualization by cinematographer A. Jeyaprakash. The music was composed by Srikanth Deva, with editing by N. Vinaj. The film, predominantly shot in Canada, began production during August 2016, was released on 9 February 2019. The film received highly negative reviews.
Nethraa feels like three films rolled into one. The first act resembles a mystery like The Lady Vanishes… Nethraa (Subhiksha) and her boyfriend Velu (Thaman) elope to Canada where their friend Vikram (Vinay) lives. But soon, Velu goes missing and Nethraa is told that she had come to the country alone. But before we begin to get in involved in this mystery, the film reveals what’s happening and then, turns into a revenge thriller, with one of these characters being trapped in a secret room just next to where the other characters live (like in Murder 3, which was inspired from the Colombian thriller The Hidden Face). But the film doesn’t really give us the suspense that such films generate. Instead, it quickly morphs into a horror thriller like Don’t Breathe, where the lead characters have to outwit a cunning villain who cannot see. But even these portions lack any edge-of-the-seat thrills.
Such a genre mash-up could have worked, if the switching between genres had been seamless. But here, the film-making lets you down, with crude staging, amateurish performances, haphazard editing and over loud score. To make things worse, we get an unfunny comedy track featuring Robo Shankar and Rajendran spoofing popular movies that is also inspired from the Goundamani-Senthil episodes in Jai Hind!
Directed by A. Venkatesh
Produced by S. Pararajasingam & A. Venkatesh
Written by A. Venkatesh, Ajayan Bala (dialogues)
Starring Vinay, Thaman Kumar, Subiksha
Music by Srikanth Deva
Cinematography A. Jeyaprakash
Edited by N. Vinaj
Production Swetha Cine Arts & Vengatesh Pictures
Release date 9 February 2019
Running time 108 minutes