Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 19 December 2014
Naga, Prayaga, Radha Ravi
Myskkin?s Pisasu is a very satisfying horror movie. The film works to a large extent because there is a level of acting here that's rarely seen in films in this genre. Simple filmmaking techniques like camera angles, keen concepts and fantastic sequencing to create a truly terrifying horror experience that is mostly free of blood and gore, makes it an edge-of-the-seat thriller.
The film opens with a group of people running towards an accident spot where a bleeding girl girl (Prayaga) is knocked off by a speeding car. Among the three men who has the presence of mind to help the wounded girl to the hospital, she holds the hand of a young violinist, Siddharth (Naga) and there you go- the beautiful girl passes away looking into his eyes. And as you guessed, the girl turns into a Pisaasu (ghost) and haunts Naga?s house. Once Naga starts experiencing the paranormal activities, he slowly gets to know the reason behind her death. The rest of the story tells us an emotionally driven poetic climax, where we witness an unexpected decision taken by the ghost herself.
What makes Pisaasu one of the watchable horror movies is Mysskin?s treatment. The small yet beautiful characterizations including a rude drunkard who always beat his wife, a mentally challenged little boy, a fraudulent dude and most importantly an angelic devil which steals our heart. Mysskin also satirically trolled fake exorcists and how religions come together in order to drive a devil. In fact the scene where the so-called exorcist comes to Siddharth?s house to drive the ghost away is one of the best scenes.
Performance wise, Naga is adequate and he replicates Mysskin?s earlier protagonists. The walk, look and dialogue delivery is a throwback of Naren in Chitiram Pesudhathi and the long hair of the hero reminds us of Prasanna?s tresses in Anjathey. Though Prayaga comes for a few minutes, her beautiful face haunts you. Radha Ravi who played Prayaga?s father has given an incredible performance and the scene where he comes to Siddharth?s house is a scream.
Technically, Pissasu is simply outstanding. Aroll Corelli?s background score and cinematography by Ravi Roy is outstanding. The effort done by the sound effects team is also quite laudable for hair-raising scary moments. It won?t be an exaggeration to say Mysskin has once again proved that he is a responsible film maker.Overall, Pisaasu is a one-time watch!
Verdict : Good