Kapata Nataka Paathradaari Movie Review: A breezy, spooky auto ride
Krish, in his first attempt, takes the audience on a journey with a simple story set in a middle-class atmosphere
Having a haunted auto-rickshaw as the focal point of a film might sound strange, but this is how director Krish draws the audience to his unconventional flick. With Kapata Nataka Paatradhaari, the director takes the audience on a journey with a simple story set in a middle-class atmosphere.
Cast: Balu Nagendra, Sangeetha Bhat
Kapata Nataka Paatradhaari opens with auto driver Krishna (Balu Nagendra) landing in the police station, with a complaint filed against him. The complaint states that three people who took a ride in his auto have gone missing. That’s when Krishna gets to narrate his life story, his motive to become an auto driver, and the paranormal activities faced by his passengers while commuting. All this is made believable by the good performances.
Incidentally, this is a story cooked up by him for his love for Rukmini (Sangeetha Bhat), who works in a garment factory. However, Krishna lands in mysterious circumstances when he witnesses a dramatic change in his life. Getting a taste of his own medicine, Krishna’s auto is possessed by a ghost. The latter part of the film that sees the reason unfold, and how it impacts Krishna’s life is shown in predictable ways and the film ends with a cold climax.
Krish, in his first attempt, takes on an innovative premise, which comes with a lot of twists and turns. The director gives a new spin to the regular horror setup and infuses it with emotion. Various factors like keeping an auto in the forefront of the story, having very limited characters, subtle comical moments, and the technical front — especially the background music scored by Adil Nadaf — add to the appeal of the film.
Balu Nagendra of Huliraaya fame has come up with a natural performance and is well-supported by Sangeetha Bhat, who becomes the soul of the story. The two lead actors are supported by able performances from the rest of the cast.
Krish has beautifully traced an auto driver’s life on a shoestring budget, and has also managed to blend it with love and a pinch of suspense and horror. Kapata Nataka Paatradhaari is a breezy, spooky ride that everyone should be able to enjoy.