The movie seems sophisticated resulting from a drawn out screenplay. Nonetheless, director Vignarajan’s debut is an attention-grabbing piece of labor
Andhaghaaram almost manages to do the job of a suspense-thriller… till it would not. For the longest time, you can be satisfied to stay seated — your curiosity intact — and try to determine what’s going on. It’s going to push you to scrape the barrel to gather the final patch of persistence you can discover, however then it additionally leaves you with an underwhelming feeling on the finish… like watching a home of playing cards you painstakingly constructed crumble not resulting from a gust however since you sneezed!
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The director, V Vignarajan, adopts a non-linear storytelling format. We see Selvam (Vinoth Kishan), a visually-challenged individual working at a Authorities library. Circumstances push him to take up a job that entails trapping a vengeful spirit inside a haunted constructing, although Selvam himself was by no means a scholar of the occult.
We see Dr Indran (Kumar Natarajan), a psychiatrist, recovering from a coma and wanting to get again to practise. Then, there may be Vinod (Arjun Das), a cricket coach whose life has been on a downward spiral ever since a mate of his misplaced management of his psychological colleges.
- Director: V Vignarajan
- Solid: Vinoth Kishan, Arjun Das, Kumar Natarajan, Pooja Ramachandran
- Storyline: Supernatural occasions occurring in numerous time frames within the lives of three individuals converge to disclose a connection between the trio
There’s a supernatural clarification to what binds these three males collectively. However the way in which Vignarajan goes about it’s sure to check the viewers; it would not matter whether it is hyperlink cinema or simply your typical topic, slick storytelling is the necessity of the hour. It’s ironic, nonetheless, contemplating the movie teases the idiom — the satan is within the element — firstly, after which, (maybe true to character?) goes onto miss the bigger image to good minute particulars.
That mentioned, these particulars are creditworthy. Just like the cinematography by AM Edwin Sakay — such lovely frames are seldom seen in psychological/horror-thrillers since most Tamil filmmakers appear content material with tightly lower scenes and bounce scares (of which there’s only one in Andhaghaaram). Quite a lot of consideration to element has additionally been afforded to the areas; Vinod’s home is an instance and it’s amplified finest within the scene the place we see him stick paper notes everywhere in the partitions.
Nonetheless, the movie hits you want a punch within the intestine after a protracted day of fasting as a result of the director opts to not loosen the narrative threads till the ultimate second. This leads to an enormous data dump that deflates you as a result of, nicely, there may be various data to course of. Extra importantly, the reply to probably the most essential query of ‘why’ appears bland (and offensive, as a dialogue portrays individuals coping with psychological well being points in poor mild) and never what we spent two hours and 51 minutes patiently watching to know.
What’s, nonetheless, clear is that Andhaghaaram is just not brief on expertise. Arjun Das and Vinoth Kishan each supply commendable performances (particularly Das, suffocating us together with his efficiency depicting the psychological hardships Vinod is subjected to by an unseen particular person). The movie’s director, too, appears to haven’t any scarcity of potential. All it can take is realizing when to cease writing and why it’s essential to put in writing tight.
Andhaghaaram is at the moment streaming on Netflix