Source: Sify

By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Monday 12 July 2004

Movie Title



Sanjeev Sivan

Star Cast

Mammootty, Kavya, Karthika, Manya

Is it the season of ghosts, spirits and other super naturals? Yes, seems to be the answer, as Sanjeev Sivan directed Aparichithan is the latest to join the horror club.

Once again the ghost of a dead person solves the murder mystery. The film is fast paced though there are far too many loopholes in the script and is predictable at every turn.

Meenakshi (Kavya), Simi (Karthika) and Devi (Manya) are great friends and hostel mates. In college they are known as ?3 Roses? who have a penchant for getting into trouble. Simi?s boyfriend Chacko (Vineeth Kumar) always bails them out.

Once they are caught stealing the examination question papers and are expelled from college but they are not willing to go home. So Chacko arranges their stay in a mansion with a ?thampuratti? (Urmila Unni) who practices witchcraft on an ?Ojo board?.

Meenakshi is drawn like a magnet to all this and soon she starts getting hallucinations about dead spirits. The friends then decide to go to Nelliyampathi, a hill resort where Vinod (Chacko?s friend) knows a forest guest house. On the way their bus crashes with a jeep and the friends are forced to trek through thick forest.

On the way, they meet Raghuram (Mammootty) a wild life photographer with National geographic channel. He has a great sense of humour but is always drunk. Initially he is irritating for the girls but later he becomes a sort of guardian angel to them.

Raghuram has a past, and he tells them about Kalyani (Mahi Vij) a village chief?s daughter whom he had met as she had striking similarity with his sister. But one day she disappears mysteriously. The film moves towards a revetting climax as startling truths starts revealing one by one. Who is Raghuram? Where is Kalyani? Who are the ghosts? The mystery is solved in the end, which forms the highlight of the film.

Mammootty holds the film together after interval. He is superb as Raghuram especially in comic scenes. Kavya looks good and has done a great job. The rest are ok. Jagathy and 'Machan' Varghese do a separate comedy track. Suresh Peters tunes though rehashed keep the tempo alive. A.K.Sajan?s script is a lot of mumbo-jumbo and is obviously inspired from a couple of Hollywood ghost thrillers.

Verdict: Above Average