Films made on miniscule budgets in Tamil cinema usually suffer from the lack of an engagement factor for the audiences, or the sheer flakiness in the screenplay which makes the viewer tired of seeing the same place again and again. But once in a while, we get a film like debutant director Ramkumar’s Parking – which excels in every department and delivers a crackling thriller that keeps us pinned throughout the runtime.
Parking has a very simple skeleton, where two men who stay in the same building fight for a single parking spot. The film is purely based on the ego clash between the characters of Harish Kalyan (Eshwar) and MS Baskar (Ilamparuthi) and how it affects their lives and the people around them. Director Ramkumar is efficient in raising the stakes as he carefully examines and explores every single area where problems could arise from, and executes his film to the top tier. The film also shakes off its predictability issues by adding a whole new layer of intensity to his scenes individually, treating them very well. Parking’s first half is focussed on the tension building in terms of the ego clash, while the second half has a couple of superb sequences and also adds the emotional quotient to the climax of the film.
It is safe to say that Parking is Harish Kalyan’s career-best film so far, as he has become a part of a phenomenal script that is interesting from top to toe. The actor delivers a strongly convincing performance in the film, and is sure to lap up more praise for his work in the coming days. MS Baskar once again gets a full-fledged role after 8 Thottakkal, and he comes up with a banging show that proves why he is such a great. Indhuja, Prathana Nathan and Rama Rajendran are all superb in the film as well.
Technically, Parking is neat even though it could have had way better music by Sam CS, whose work falls short of elevating the exciting proceedings in the film.
On the whole, Parking is easily one of the better films of the year. A sublime thriller that will keep you glued to the screen.