CAST & CREW
Plot: The film begins with Kajal (Shanaya) reminiscing with her girls about her old love Kumar, who she hasn't met since high school. However, in a strange turn of events involving her father (Saurabh Shukla), Kumar (Santhanam) and his father (Anandaraj), destiny brings Kajal and Kumar face to face again, and they fall in love with each other once more. Kajal asks her parent to allow their marriage, but he is decidedly against the idea of Kumar being his son-in-law. So, he takes the help of a rowdy Sketch Mani (Rajendran) to kill Kumar. Mani suggests they all go to the haunted house in Sivankodamalai so that Kumar's death can be blamed on ghosts. Little do they all know that the house was actually haunted... and that began the real fun, the war between the real ghosts and the reel ghosts.
Analysis: The first half is a real drag with romantic songs and everything cliched. The movie revives itself only in the second half; when real horror and sidesplitting comedy sets in. The movie is more of a clowning than it is a thriller. The scare element that is brought in is pretty ridiculous - funny shaped ghosts brought alive by Padhy's cinematography. The humor is a lot of silliness that works well with the viewers.
Star performances: Santhanam as lead actor is a good choice; he's getting better with every movie he does and is pretty convincing in his role. He almost lives up to viewer's expectations who previously saw him in Lollu Sabha (a spoof comedy series also by Rambhala). Shanaya maintains a very poker-faced expression throughout and is a bad pick. The director and the screenplay writer, Rambhala, has done a 50-50 job. N. Ramasamy is the producer. S. Thaman is responsible for the banal music tracks. The cinematography is by Deepak Kumar Pathy and is quite nice; no complaints there.
1. The second half is very entertaining in all aspects and is a treat to watch.
2. Sketch Mani (Rajendran) is a hysterically funny character and lights up the movie.
3. Stunt choreography is pretty well done and has a real feel to it.
What's not there?
1. Despite the genre classification, the movie doesn't have much of the horror element.
2. There's a lengthy period of lag one has to sit through to get to the good part.
Verdict: It is a real family entertainer, and the comedy would amuse anybody - provided you can put up with dreary first half.
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