Game (2016 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||A. M. R. Ramesh|
|Produced by||Deshraj Rai (Presenter)|
A. M. R. Ramesh
|Written by||A. M. R. Ramesh|
|Narrated by||R. Parthiban|
|Edited by||K. V. Krishna Reddy C. M. Selvakumar|
|Distributed by||Sapphire Movies|
Game is a Kannada-Tamil (Oru Melliya Kodu [lit.: A thin line]), 2016 Indian action crime thriller film directed by A. M. R. Ramesh. This movie is an unofficial remake of the 2012 Spanish thriller El Cuerpo also known as The Body, and features Arjun Sarja, Shaam and Manisha Koirala in the lead roles. With music composed by Ilayaraaja, the film was simultaneously shot in Kannada and Tamil; the former released first on February 26, 2016 while the later released on July 1, 2016.
The film opens with a man running away in fear, looking over his shoulder the whole time. He is hit by a car while on the run and is admitted to the hospital in a coma. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Shakthivel is called upon to investigate the matter, where it is found through the security cameras that a corpse of a high profile businesswoman Maaya is missing from the morgue.
Meanwhile, Maaya'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 Bhumika aka Bhumi's house, where it is revealed Akshay killed his wife and made it look like a heart attack. The police call Akshay over his cell phone and ask him to come to the forensics lab and explain the issue. Akshay drinks a glass of water offered by Bhumi and he leaves. Akshay 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 Maaya is still alive and is out for revenge. He keeps in contact with Bhumi the entire time, until Shakthivel gets evidence that can allow him to arrest Akshay, in the form of a toxin B-12 that can induce a heart attack. He interrogates Akshay and Akshay reveals how Maaya and him met the first time. After getting locked up in a room, Akshay calls up Bhumi and finds out that Maaya's lawyer Krishna Prasad is in fact a private detective hired by Maaya to spy on Akshay. He asks Bhumi to run away afraid that Maaya is after her. When Bhumi comes out of the building, a car comes speeding towards her and Akshay fears the worst.
He confesses everything to Shakthivel and repeatedly requests him to save Bhumi. Shakthivel gets a call from Deva who says they've found a body, revealed to be Maaya. Shakthivel further confirms that there was no one called Bhumi in the university Akshay mentioned neither in the flat he had gone to and that Bhumi was non-existent. Akshay tries to run away, tailed by Shakthivel.
Shakthivel then reveals that the car accident in which Shakthivel's wife had died was caused by a drunken Akshay and Maaya. Although Shakthivel's daughter Amritha repeatedly calls for help, Maaya tells Akshay to leave them be, due to which 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 her father, who tracks them down. It is revealed in a twist that Bhumi is actually the adult Amritha, Shakthivel's daughter, and this was an elaborate plan orchestrated by Shakthivel and Amritha due to which Maaya was killed. Shakthivel further reveals that the glass of water Amritha had offered Akshay before leaving contained B-12 and it has been eight hours since it entered his bloodstream. Akshay then dies by a heart attack and Shakthivel walks away from his body.
- Arjun Sarja as Shakthivel IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police
- Shaam as Akshay
- Manisha Koirala as Maaya
- Seetha as Dr. Brinda
- A. M. R. Ramesh as Deva
- Neha Saxena as Sandhya
- Aqsa Bhatt as Bhumi
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. Arjun also helped the makers get in touch with composer Ilaiyaraaja to compose two songs for the film. The team shot in Chennai in February 2015, with Oru Melliya Kodu, a dialogue taken from Gautham Menon's Yennai Arindhaal (2015), adapted as the film's Tamil title.
In April 2015, actress Kushboo 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. During December 2015, the director revealed that production was complete and that postproduction and censoring works were ongoing.
|Soundtrack album by|
- Kannada track listing
All lyrics are written by V. Nagendra Prasad.
|1.||"Hoovinda Hoovige Kavana"||Karthik, Priya Himesh||5:35|
|2.||"Ondu Manjina Bindu"||Karthik, Ramya NSK||5:50|
Tamil track listing
All lyrics are written by Pa. Vijay.
|1.||"Yaar Indha Velvettu"||Karthik, Priya Himesh||5:35|
|2.||"Oru Melliya Kodu"||Karthik, Ramya NSK||5:50|
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." 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." Chitraloka wrote "Game is a new kind of film for Sandalwood that will thrill all kinds of audience. Enjoy the show."
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