Director Deekay, in his first Kollywood outing, strives hard to deliver a rib-tickler with enough chills and thrills of a horror comedy, a rare genre in Tamil. Remember in Hollywood, horror comedy is a very popular genre, which has a fan following.
Yaamirukka Bayamey is a horror comedy film that packs in everything that one expects from what the makers promised. The genre has not been explored so far in Tamil and there is something new about it. Some funny characters are caught in frightening situations in a haunted house and it is narrated in a comic way with enough chills.
A fictional hill resort is the milieu, where a con couple Kiran (Kreshna) along with his girlfriend (Rupa Manjari) inherits a spooky looking dilapidated mansion and they move in, and decide to run a hotel there. They meet the caretaker (Karunakaran) and his sister (Oviya) who joins them in running the desolate property. Weird looking guests who check-in die mysteriously and the four member gang bury them in the backyard, till they realize that there is something eerie about the place. Strange and inexplicable things begin to happen and soon it turns fatal. Very soon, a mysterious fifth character enters their life. Is it a supernatural element?
Though the film delivers few scares in the second half, and there aren't any genuinely frightening moments. The idea like all Hollywood horror comedies is to inject a lot of comedy as characters caught in spooky situations provide the laughs. The climax scene is worked out well.
But director Deekay brings in enough creepiness to keep you guessing and waiting. Not that it is devoid of a hook to hang its wafer-thin story line on. A little more effort and imagination might have made it two hours of harmless fun.
Kreshna is able to do comedy and at the same time feel frightened as he works up a sweat playing the heir to the haunted house and Roopa, as his charming girlfriend is adequate. Karunakaran is a scream, especially the scene where he talks in front of a mirror and Oviya looks glamorous while Mayilswamy is good fun. Sreekar Prasad’s tight editing enriches the film. However the back-story to the supernatural premise is so convoluted and predictable.
On the whole Yaamirukka Bayamey is something different within the commercial format and provides potent dose of laughs to release the tension built up by the scares.
Verdict – Enough chills & comedy