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VEEDU MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Nandha, Chaya Singh, Master Aryan.
Naga, the director of television serials
like Marmadesam, Vidadhu Karuppu, Chidambara
Ragasiyam, begins his silver screen directorial
debut with Ananthapurathu Veedu under
the prestigious S Pictures of director
Shankar. In Kollywood, S Pictures have
become synonymous with quality productions
and this has naturally upped the expectations
quotient along with
reputation on the subject. For his directorial debut,
the director has chosen to tread on the path that
he has quite often ridden in his television assignments
and which are his comfort zones.
AV revolves around an ancestral house in Ananthapuram,
which has remained uninhabited for several years owing
to the sudden demise of a couple in an accident. Their
son Bala (Nandha), who is running his own leather
business in Chennai, comes to the property after 15
years with his wife Revathy (Chaya Singh) and his
small boy Ananth (Aryan). Very soon, unexplained incidents
happen in the house which makes Revathy, a claustrophobic,
wanting to get out of the house. However, Bala does
not believe in her and dismisses the events as sheer
coincidences. It was their son Ananth, a speech impaired
child who discovers the abnormal activities around
the house but unable to comprehend and convey.
The factor in which AV stands out is the spirits are
well meaning ones and are that of Bala’s parents.
They always help the inmates of the house. At a time
when films dealing with paranormal activity or supernatural
powers are all evil ones and sends Goosebumps or shiver
down your spine, AV comes as a fresh whiff of air
and within twenty minutes of the film, the audiences
are relaxed that they are not going to be subjected
to some creepy ride. Nevertheless at this juncture,
the director places a mysterious situation involving
the hero and his business partner Jeeva who comes
to the town to discuss a financial problem with Bala.
Revathy comes to know that her husband is in serious
mess in his business and that they are stuck at the
house unless Bala returns money that he has borrowed
from a few people. The answers to questions like whether
Bala was able to return the money and if so how, what
do the spirits do and who is the actual culprit in
his misadventure are found in the rest of AV.
It was initially surprising to see a U certificate
for a horror flick. But as the film unfolds, the reasons
become lucid. Naga must be credited with giving a
clean family flick in his debut vehicle. The moment
we realize the spirits are good ones, we start enjoying
their antics. The sequences where the spirits take
care of cooking to cleaning to healing are enjoyable
and women would certainly want to lease such kind
of spirits to help them in their daily chores.
The kid Aryan is a revelation, reminds a lot of young
version of Sachin Tendulkar. With his unruly curly
mane and apt expressions, he captivates the hearts.
Chaya Singh appears in Kollywood after Vallamai Thaaraayo
and is adequate. However, it was Nanda who misses
many a chance to prove his acting prowess. He remains
contrived mostly. Kalaivani, as the governess of the
house, is decent. Nandha’s friend Jeeva who
was seen in K Balachander’s serial Sahana has
delivered it right.
Technically, AV cannot boast much because there is
not much scope for it and the team has also not attempted
for it. Cinematography by Arun Mani Palani is in sync
with the theme and there are just two songs and music
scored by Ramesh Krishna does not stay in the minds.
Most of the film is shot within the house and CG work
is just average.
Although AV has a couple of pluses to its credit,
it lacks in pace and there is an uneven keel to it.
The narration does not engage the audience which is
much needed for a film like this. AV does not scare
you at all and is right for people wanting a relaxed
No scare, this haunted house!
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