CAST & CREW
Morality is what differentiates us humans from animals. But in the movie ‘ Sarabham’ the character Vikram believes that it is acceptable to tread the path of wrongdoings if you’re not caught doing it. How far does this philosophy take Vikram? This is what the film answers.
Naveen plays Vikram, a young architect who wants to make it bigger in the Architecture world. He presents his plan for a theme park to one of his richest clients, Chandrashekhar (Naren). Vikram is filled with rage when Chandrashekhar rejects his plan. As he goes to wreck Chandrashekar’s house to take his aggression out, he meets his daughter Shruti ( Salony Luthra) who’s trying to run away from her father. Both of them despise Chandrashekhar, and together, they devise a plan to extort money from him. Shruti asks Vikram to kidnap her so they can split the ransom money. The kidnapping is a success, and they get the money. Vikram keeps the entire ransom money till Shruti gets a passport, after which she has decided to go to Australia. But what follows next, changes the course of Vikram’s life. Will he get to keep the money or does Shruti have some other plans? Watch the movie to find out.
There are no thrills in ‘Sarabham’. For a thriller to work, the tension has to be there. The audience should constantly be anticipating what’s going to happen next. Here the director feels the need to explain the twist right after the twist. The music director Britto Michael goes overboard with the electronic score at times. The movie tries hard to be a sleek thriller, with vibrant visuals and top-notch cinematography. But in pursuit of being something else, forgets what it is.
Naveen Chandra doesn’t quite fit the role. He is a good actor but is not suspense movie material. Salony Luthra is slightly better, and her presence is a plus for a movie. Naren does a decent job but seems to be trying too hard at times to appear rich and sophisticated.
1. Slick cinematography.
2. Clever editing.
What’s not there?
1. The performances are average at best.
2. Zero suspense.
‘Sarabham’ is a mediocre crime thriller. The plot is nice, but the way it has been carried out is a huge setback for the movie. In a time when so many debutant directors are making outstanding feature flicks, this debut by Arun Mohan doesn’t quite satisfy.
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