Aadupuliyattam review: Avoidable

Aadupuliyattam review: Avoidable



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 23 May 2016

Movie Title

Aadupuliyattam review: Avoidable


Kannan Thamarakkulam

Star Cast

Jayaram, Sheelu Abraham, Ramya Krishnan

Director Kannan Thamarakkulam, who made the eminently forgettable comedy Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare last year, is back in action with a horror drama titled Aadupuliyattam. Jayaram sports a salt and pepper beard in the film and acts serious, but that doesn't salvage this silly movie in any way. 

Amidst all the visuals from various angle, screeches at regular intervals, some colourful flashback scenes with song n dance sequences in plenty and the mandatory toys to terrify, the film meanders along without any definite focus during the entire first half. 

Satyajit (Jayaram) is a wealthy builder, who started from humble beginnings where he did cheat many to earn some fast bucks. To earn some peace of mind he goes to a forest where a fiery looking yogi, played by Om Puri, offers him help.

As per the yogi’s instructions, he goes to a huge uninhabited bungalow, where the ghosts reside. If all these are not enough, he takes along three comedians, who crack horrible jokes even when they are facing death!

Quite some time later we are told about another sub plot, where Matangi (Ramya Krishnan) appears with her daughter, along with the baddie played by Sampat.

Kannan Thamarakkulam has modelled his film on those horror novels, which were pretty popular in Malayalam, some two decades or more back. 

Jayaram, whose weird choice of roles is the only surprise in his career these days, sleepwalks through this one. It should have been fat pay cheques that convinced actors like Om Puri and Ramya Krishnan to say yes to their roles, one would believe. The age old custom of having a few comedians to crack inane jokes from the sidelines is repeated here.

Aadupuliyattam is presented as a spooky thriller but what it succeeds in is to irritate you to the core. This one turns out to be a never ending bore at close to 150 minutes. Go for a walk and get some fresh air instead of ruining your health, sitting through this pathetic film.

Aadupuliyattam review: Avoidable

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