Rahul Riji Nair’s cyber-thriller ‘Keedam’ has solid performances from Rajisha Vijayan and Sreenivasan, but the plotting never transcends the basics of the genre

Posted on May 20, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

What the film does well is instill in us a deep fear of what hackers are capable of. But that cannot sustain a feature.


Rahul Riji Nair has had an interesting career. He started out with indie-ish films like Ottamuri Velicham and the superb Kalla Nottam, where the GoPro camera dictated our point of view. Then we got the broad, mainstream sports drama, Kho Kho, where Rajisha Vijayan played a physical education teacher in a school for the underprivileged. And now we have something even more mainstream, a cyber-thriller, again with Rajisha Vijayan. The premise of Keedam is that a professional hacker can do anything to you and screw up your life in ways you can’t even imagine. But can hacking also be used for public good? Yes, there are privacy laws, but what if you believe deeply in the right to privacy but also know that the only way to stop criminals is by hacking into their phones?

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