Director Sunil Karyattukara`s Pakida is meant to be a thriller with some genuine messages. Though the intention is noble, the film is let down by an inept script and not so competent presentation.
Aadi (Asif Ali) prefers to spend his time fooling around with his group of friends. And as it is mandatory in such scenes these days, mostly harmless flirting, booze sessions and so on ensue. A major portion of the first half is wasted with these detailing, most of which has not much relevance to the actual plot.
The story takes an unprecedented turn when a drinking session on top of a building goes wrong. Now, to get some money, Aadi decides to sell off his car. A mystery man named George Koshy Anthraper (Biju Menon) appears and he is ready to shell out any sum to buy the old car. But he has a demand; Aadi needs to go with him on a drive to a Tamil Nadu village.
The film is strongly based on a feeling against a ghastly act that happened in Kerala, which remains in the minds of most people as a neverending pain. The sincerity of the makers of the film needs to be appreciated but the question is how effectively all these have be translated into an entertaining way. And that is exactly where the film falters.
The visuals by Sameer Haq and the music by Biji Bal are good.
Asif Ali, who is not really known for his acting bones, manages to come up with an okay show at best. Biju Menon, playing a 54 year old with a beard and walking stick, is just about fine. The supporting cast, which includes the heroines Malavika and Apoorva Bose, doesn`t impress much.
Pakida is an outrage against a brutal act by a devil. The makers of this film had lots to narrate, but it was just that they were not really sure on exactly how to go with it. Now, the decision is all yours!