Review By : Release Date : Aug 12,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hrs 05 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Dreams And Beyond, Jayasurya, Ranjith Sankar Cast: Aju Varghese, Govind Padmasoorya, Jayasurya, Pearle Maaney, Sruthi Ramachandran Direction: Ranjith Sankar Screenplay: Ranjith Sankar Story: Ranjith Sankar Music: Anand Madhusoodanan Background score: Anand Madhusoodanan Cinematography: Jithu Damodar Dialogues: Ranjith Sankar Editing: Sajan Vasudev Distribution: Central Pictures

Pretham is Ranjith Sankar's take on horror comedy and is his third union with Jayasurya. The movie also marks the beginning of their association as producers. Their first movie together, Punyalan Agarbathis was a huge hit and Ranjith succeeded in extracting the best out of Jayasurya as an actor, thereby ensuring high expectations for all their future ventures. The plot of Pretham revolves around three college mates who are stuck with a seaside resort they bought. Strange things start to happen at the resort which forces them to seek the help a professional mentalist John Don Bosco.


The director's attempt at creating a horror comedy with a difference is noteworthy. The screenplay is well written and has many comic sequences inter-weaved perfectly to enhance the on-screen experience. The film impresses with an unconventional storyline but fails to cash in on the excitement created in the first half.


Once again, Jayasurya delights the audience with his natural skill and succeeds in creating unpredictability with his mannerism. Aju Varghese and Sharafudeen gel together and create many humorous moments, well supported by Govind Padmasoorya and Dharmajan. Hareesh Perady, Pearle Maaney, Devan, Vijay Babu and Sunil Sugatha have performed decently as supporting actors.   


Jithu Damodar's cinematography captures the scenic beauty of the luxurious resort and has a good vibe. The background track of Pretham has been handled aptly thus making it different from a normal horror flick.


Well executed twists and turns mixed with proper answers could have resulted in an exceptional movie.

Verdict: A hilarious horror comedy that lacks substance


( 2.75 / 5.0 )
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Pretham (aka)

Pretham (aka) is a Malayalam movie with production by Dreams And Beyond, Jayasurya, Ranjith Sankar, direction by Ranjith Sankar, cinematography by Jithu Damodar, editing by Sajan Vasudev. The cast of Pretham (aka) includes Aju Varghese, Govind Padmasoorya, Jayasurya, Pearle Maaney, Sruthi Ramachandran.