A simple plot, good enough for a horror
story, laced with some necessary elements
to befit the present day scenario sets
the movie’s pace. And with the addiction
to the so-called idiot box thrown in,
the movie is all set to scare the daylights
out of you.
Madhavan’s family moves in to an
apartment where a family was murdered
decades before by a lovelorn suicide-victim’s
brother. Oblivious of the fact that the
apartment is haunted by vengeful evil
spirits that are blood-thirsty, the family
is bewildered at the strange happenings.
And then comes the television sitcom,
the family is hooked to, that strangely
portrays the happenings in real life.
Madhavan realizes the strange coincidences
and attributes it with something ghostly.
The rest of the movie is his effort to
get the family and himself out of the
C Sriram’s expert camera, skillfully,
uses a yellow tint throughout the movie
that tends to send a chill down your spine.
To achieve it in a Tamil movie without
the dry-ice induced white smoke and the
white clothed, messy haired women masquerading
as ghosts is indeed new. Since horror
movies, as a rule, defy logic, such minor
misdemeanors in this movie are negligible
in nature and do not thankfully stick
out like a sore thumb. Camera has played
a significant role in setting the movie’s
pace, the angles so cleverly devised to
give it the required effect and the lighting,
Madhavan rules the roost – be it
when he is baffled at the sitcom that
evidently telecasts episodes twisted by
some external force or his romantic interludes
with his wife that are, however, meager
in the movie. He shoulders the responsibility
convincingly, making the viewers go numb
with him in the proceedings at the TV-haunted
apartment. Not to mention, the others,
including Neetu Chandra, have carried
out their compelling roles.
of the guide-dog refusing to enter into
the apartment and the elevator refusing
to open up for Madhavan are a few signature
horror scenes of the movie. There’s
a fair amount of humor thrown in that
has naturally blended with the movie’s
screenplay without hindering the progress.
Tubbi’s subtle and underplayed background
score is good enough to frighten you inside
the theatres and in all probability will
linger in your ears for a long time.
erstwhile assistant director Vikram K
Kumar has derived the storyline from day
to day lives tossing in the horror quotient
to deliver a slick flick. Although not
recommended for kids, the movie will be
the best idea for killing time for a couple
of hours. Don’t blame us if you
end up kicking the habit of watching TV
after the movie. On the other hand, it
might help if you already are a TV addict.
Prepare to be scared!