A government officer and her son shift from Pune to a Konkan coastal village owing to her job transfer. In addition to coping with the bereavement of his father, the boy has also got to deal with unfamiliar surroundings of a lazy village, coastal food & win the friendship of students at his school where he is initially greeted with acrimony.
Running Time:
107 min
Release date:
26 June 2015
Directed by:
Avinash Arun
Produced by:
Ajay Rai
Alan McAlex
Madhukar R Musle
Written by:
Tushar Paranjape
Archit Deodhar
Parth Bhalerao
Gaurish Gawade
Atharva Upasni
Amruta Subhash
Anjali Dharu
Devendra Gaikwad
Music by:
Naren Chandavakar
Benedict Taylor
Cinematography by:
Avinash Arun
Editing by:
Charu Shri Roy
Distributed by:
JAR Pictures

What’s Hot

  • The way Tushar Paranjape has scripted the narrative is what makes Killa a killer! It moves at its own pace, oozing subtlety but you are made to look at Chinmay’s world from his eyes. The scene where he ventures into the deep sea with the fisherman, then ponders over his decision, comes back and hugs his mother is a masterful depiction of the power of subtle scripting
  • The film’s director Avinash Arun has been impressive in making the viewer echo the feelings of the kid in a setting that is captivating, to say the least.
  • Archit Deodhar, the actor who plays Chinmay (and resembles a young Sachin Tendulkar!), has done a fabulous job in showing clarity of thought & his confused and torn state of mind at the appropriate places. Amruta Subhash, who plays his mother, presents her case as an inspiring mother to perfection and the two make the film an endearing watch
  • The friends of Chinmay (Bandya, Yuvraj and others) are other forces that make the film even more charming and nostalgic. The scene where they race all the way to the fort on their bicycles is a glorious example of how characters, cinematography (of the director himself) & music (Naren/Benedict Taylor) can combine to produce magic on screen.
  • Charu Shri Roy’s style of abrupt cuts from one long scene to another works for Killa as it makes the prime characters appear even more prominent. The sounds in the film– be it the chatter of the children at school, the seeping walls in the fort or the incessant downpour in the town – are captured wonderfully making sound mixing/editing a standout element in the film

What’s Not

  • Actions in this town that moves at its own pace may not suit the liking of audiences who favour the idea that films worth watching are those that move at a breakneck pace.



Verdict Stamp

Killa is a highly endearing and nostalgia inducing tale of a kid who tries to adapt to his fast-changing surroundings. The film is poetic thanks to the wonderfully defined characters & the Konkan setup that form the base from which it takes us through a trip from the perspective of its protagonist.