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Game (2016 film)

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Game Kannada film theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster in Kannada
Directed byA. M. R. Ramesh
Written byA. M. R. Ramesh
Produced byA. M. R. Ramesh
Roopa Deshraj
Manisha Koirala
CinematographyKrishna Sriram
Edited byK. V. Krishna Reddy
C. M. Selvakumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Akshaya Creations
Distributed bySapphire Movies
Release dates
  • 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26) (Kannada)
  • 1 July 2016 (2016-07-01) (Tamil)
Running time
125 minutes

Game is a 2016 Indian mystery thriller film directed by A. M. R. Ramesh. Shot as a bilingual in Kannada and Tamil languages, the latter as Oru Melliya Kodu (transl. A thin line), it is a remake of the 2012 Spanish film The Body.[1][2] It features Arjun Sarja, Shaam and Manisha Koirala in the lead roles. With music composed by Ilayaraaja, the Kannada version released first on 26 February 2016 while the Tamil version released on July 1, 2016.


A man runs away in fear, looking over his shoulder, where he is admitted to the hospital after an accident, and is in a coma. DCP Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel is called upon to investigate the matter, where it is found through the security cameras that a corpse of a high-profile businesswoman Maya is missing from the morgue. Meanwhile, Maya's husband Akshay is surrounded by his family and friends offering their condolences, but he drives them out saying he wants to be left alone. Once they all leave, he drives to his girlfriend Bhoomi's house, where it is revealed Akshay killed his wife and made it look like a heart attack. The cops call Akshay over his cell phone and ask him to arrive at the forensics lab and explain the issue. Akshay drinks a glass of wine offered by Bhoomi and leaves, where he is asked to stay in the lab until they discover the corpse.

In a series of clues and flashbacks, Akshay is made to believe that Maya is still alive and is out for vengeance. He keeps in contact with Bhoomi, until Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel receives evidence that can allow him to arrest Akshay, in the form of a toxin BL-18 that can induce a heart attack. It is revealed that Akshay drugged a glass of red wine with BL-18 to kill Maya. He interrogates Akshay, who reveals how Maya and him met the first time. After getting locked up in a room, Akshay calls up Bhoomi and finds out that Maya's lawyer Krishna Prasad is in fact a private detective hired by Maya to spy on Akshay. He asks Bhoomi to run away afraid that Maya is after her. When Bhoomi comes out of the building, a car comes speeding towards her and Akshay fears the worst.

Akshay confesses everything to Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel and repeatedly requests him to save Bhoomi. Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel gets a call from Deva, who tells that they found a body, revealed to be Maya. Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel further confirms that there was no one called Bhoomi in the university and flat as mentioned by Akshay, and that Bhoomi was non-existent. Akshay tries to escape, tailed by Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel. Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel then reveals that the car accident in which Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel's wife had died was caused by a drunken Akshay and Maya. Although Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel's daughter Amritha repeatedly calls for help, Maya tells Akshay to leave them, due to which his wife dies.

Amritha had been in a coma for two years and when she woke up, she remembers the car license plate, which she tells Ranjith, who tracks them down. It is revealed that Bhoomi is actually Amritha, and it was an elaborate plan orchestrated by Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel and Amritha due to which Maya was killed. Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel further reveals that the glass of wine Amritha had offered to Akshay before leaving contained BL-18 and it has been 8 hours since it entered his bloodstream. Akshay dies in a heart attack and Sharat Chandra/Shakthivel walks away from his dead body.



Ramesh had narrated the story to Arjun who agreed to work on the film and helped contact Manisha Koirala about playing the film's leading female role. Shaam was selected to play the film's main antagonist, a role initially planned to be played by the director himself.[3] Arjun also helped the makers get in touch with composer Ilaiyaraaja to compose two songs for the film.[4] The team shot in Chennai in February 2015, with Oru Melliya Kodu, a dialogue taken from Gautham Vasudev Menon's Yennai Arindhaal (2015), adapted as the film's Tamil title.[5]

In April 2015, actress Khushbu was approached to play Arjun's wife in the film but turned down the offer. The actress later sought a public clarification from the team if the story was based on the death of Indian businesswoman, Sunanda Pushkar, and urged the team to narrate the story with sensitivity. Ramesh, however, refused to confirm Kushboo's allegations and turned down her request of divulging the film's plot to the media.[6][7] During December 2015, the director revealed that production was complete and that postproduction and censoring works were ongoing.[8]


Soundtrack album by
RecordedPrasad Studios
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelTrend Music
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Ki & Ka
Kannada track listing

All lyrics are written by V. Nagendra Prasad

1."Hoovinda Hoovige Kavana"Karthik, Priya Himesh5:35
2."Ondu Manjina Bindu"Karthik, Ramya NSK5:50
3."Sogasu Sogasu"Ilaiyaraaja1:25
Total length:12:50

Tamil track listing

All lyrics are written by Pa. Vijay

1."Yaar Indha Velvettu"Karthik, Priya Himesh5:35
2."Oru Melliya Kodu"Karthik, Ramya NSK5:50
3."Parandhu Parandhu"Ilaiyaraaja1:25
Total length:12:50


The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Notuku Potu in 2017.[9]

Kannada version

A critic from The Times of India wrote that "the film is engaging and makes for a good watch" and "This non-linear narrative holds the viewer gripped."[10] A critic from The Hindu wrote "The slow paced narration, which is unusual for Kannada audience, uses sound and visuals to get the needed effect, with Ilayaraja's music score succeeding in creating the mood".[11] A critic from Deccan Herald said that "The film, which boasts of a surprising twist in the climax and a subtle message, has all trademark Ramesh’s style of film making".[12]

Tamil version

A critic from The Times of India wrote that "It is a pity that the film fails to cross that melliya kodu [thin line] between being 'not boring' and 'compelling enough'".[13] A critic from Deccan Chronicle gave the film a rating of two-and-a-half stars and wrote that "Despite few glitches, OMK is worth a watch for its gripping making".[14] A critic from The New Indian Express said that "Though not one of the best scripts to come out in the suspense-crime format, the film could be a one-time watch for lovers of the genre".[15]


  1. ^ "A BODY OF EVIDENCE". Bangalore Mirror. Archived from the original on 20 August 2023. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Game movie review: A game around 'the body'". Deccan Chronicle. 27 February 2016. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Arjun Sarja's Next Game with Manisha". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Chowta out, Ilaiyaraaja in for Game". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Arjun draws Oru Melliya Kodu". indiaglitz.com. 21 February 2015. Archived from the original on 20 August 2023. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  6. ^ Muralidhara Khajane (28 April 2015). "Film based on life of Sunanda Pushkar?". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 December 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  7. ^ "AMR Ramesh's Game Puts Pressure on Khushboo?". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015.
  8. ^ Nikhil Raghavan (19 December 2015). "Cinema Snippets". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 March 2024. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Notuku Potu Review {3/5}: This medical thriller is well worth that outing, because of the plot and the performances". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "Game Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  11. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (27 February 2016). "Where every character plays a 'Game'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 21 March 2024. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  12. ^ Vishwanath, S (28 February 2016). "A suave taut thriller". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 3 November 2021. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Oru Melliya Kodu Movie Review {2.5/5}: Critic Review of Oru Melliya Kodu by Times of India". The Times of India.
  14. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (2 July 2016). "Oru Melliya Kodu movie review: Despite glitches, worth a watch". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Watch only if you like thrillers". Archived from the original on 20 August 2023. Retrieved 17 February 2024.

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