Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 19 September 2014
Hansika, Vinay, Andrea, Sundar C
The current trend in Kollywood is to make horror comedies, as it has a good reach among all sections, including lady audiences. Sundar C a director known for his slapstick comedies has ventured successfully into the horror-comedy genre with Aranmanai.
The commercial elements comedy, horror and glamour has been mixed in the right proposition by the writer and director. What works is a riveting performance by Hansika, along with comedy track of Santhanam &Co and is packaged as a fun entertainer by Sundar C .
The director follows the regular commercial format set for such films. The story is about a large family that wants to sell their ancestral home, an Aranmanai (palace). The supernatural elements they discover in the Aranmanai lead to some scary moments. The interval block proves that there is a ghost in the house. And post interval in a flashback it is revealed that a spirit is seeking revenge against the villains who ruined her life.
The family gives the director an excuse to have a large cast Hansika, Santhanam, Vinay, Andrea, Rai Lakshmi, Manobala, Kovai Sarala, Nithin Satya, Saravanan and others, who have a jolly good time. The film is more a comedy than a genuine horror film. The first half story does not move as it is totally devoted to Santhanam, Manobala and Kovai Sarala comedy tracks, while the second half has more supernatural thrills including a long drawn out climax, straight out of a ?Amman ? film.
Hansika has given her best ever performance. Her introductory scene towards the interval block jolts you. Her role is the best written in the film while Andrea and Rai Lakshmi are the glamour quotients. Sundar C does his role with ease and his mannerism reminds you of Mohanlal?s in Manichitrathazhu. Santhanam is back to form. His ?pae massage? scene and the way he reacts when he sees the ghost is a scream. Kovai Sarala and Manobala antics make you laugh.
Technically there is nothing much to talk about as the graphics and special effects are run of the mill. The four songs are speed breakers and the second half the tempo slackens.
On the whole, Aranmanai is a time pass entertainer, which makes you laugh more than making you scared. It is good fun while it lasts.
Verdict ? Good