- 2 hr 20 min
Abhay is a 2001 Tamil-language psychological thriller film directed by Suresh Krissna starring Kamal Haasan, Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala in lead roles. The film follows a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. Vijay (Kamal Haasan), who is investigating a series of unnerving mental disorders, particularly one involving patients who hear unidentifiable sounds before they begin to hallucinate and their actions turn violent. The film begins with Dr. Vijay arriving in Tamil Nadu to investigate a case where a man has committed a series of murders. The victims were bizarrely and brutally killed, with their heads smashed with a sharp object. The only clue that Dr. Vijay had was that each victim had heard an unnerving sound before they were killed. Dr. Vijay discovers that this is tied to a mysterious medical experiment that took place years ago, and his investigations lead him to a mental asylum. Here, he discovers an unusual patient, Abhay (Kamal Haasan), who has been suffering from severe paranoid delusions for years. Abhayâs character is introduced as a mysterious and enigmatic patient at the asylum who is under constant supervision. However, as Dr. Vijay delves deeper, he realizes that Abhay may hold the key to the case and that the two have a strange connection. Abhay is a patient who claims to have created an alternate reality with his superhuman abilities to teleport and manipulate the physical world around him. Dr. Vijay is initially skeptical, but as he digs deeper into Abhayâs past, he realizes that Abhayâs claims might be real, and it could serve as a breakthrough for science. The movie alternates between Dr. Vijayâs investigation and Abhayâs story. Abhay, the brilliant science student, falls in love with the beautiful Anu (Raveena Tandon). However, he experiences a rapid decline in his mental well-being, which leads him to believe that he possesses extraordinary skills. He invents a gadget that helps him enter peopleâs minds, but he slowly begins to lose control of his powers, and his obsession begins to lead him on a dangerous path. The cinematography of the film is top-notch as both the present-day investigation and Abhayâs story seem like two different worlds on screen. The music of the film was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and the songs are melodious and remain a favorite amongst fans even after two decades since its release. Overall, the plot remains engaging for most of the film, with the mystery surrounding Abhay and the murders keeping the audience on edge. Kamal Haasan delivers an excellent performance as the enigmatic Abhay, with a mix of curiosity, intelligence, and sinister intentions. Manisha Koiralaâs character, Jyothi, a journalist, further intensifies the argument between science and spirituality. The themes of the film explore morality, human psychology, and the relationship between science and religion. The film advances several themes which are relevant today, including scientific ethics, unpredictable results of experiments, and the inherent limitations of science. As the film progresses, the lines between science and superstition blur, making us think about the role of science in society. In conclusion, Abhay is a thought-provoking and engaging film, skillfully led by Kamal Haasan and Suresh Krissna. It is a film that will leave you thinking long after it ends. It is a classic example of Haasan's versatility as an actor and an unmissable watch for fans who love psychological thrillers.