By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 10 July 2010
Nanda, Chaya Singh, Aryan
The trouble with popular television serial director Naga?s debut film Ananthapurathu Veedu is that it just does not live up to the promise. It has been promoted as a ?supernatural thriller? by its makers and ends up as a tame family run of the mill movie.
The audiences going by the promos and pre release interviews go to the theatres expecting to get a few frights, but end up being taken for a long boring ride.
?I see dead people?, If that?s what Haley Joel Osmond mumbled ominously in The Sixth Sense, Ananthapurathu Veedu?s little moppet Ananth (Aryan) cannot speak, but is delighted to see and play around with ?friendly ghosts? of his Thatha and Paati, who died in a car accident. Ananth has come from Chennai with his parents Bala (Nanda) and Revathy (Chaya Singh) to their family ancestral home, uninhabited for years and maintained by the maid (Kalaivani).
Strange things start happening in the house as the ?friendly ghost couple? makes tasty lunch, make the bed, wash clothes and teaches Ananth how to write in Tamil. Suddenly after a song, we find a mysterious guy following the couple and it turns out that Bala and his partner Jeeva (television actor Jeeva) had borrowed money from a loan shark in Mumbai, as their leather business went bust. The moneylender and his goons will not allow them to leave the house, without settling their dues. Revathy wants to vacate the house initially but soon realizes that the ghosts are friendly and they can help her!
But after initially being wired up, you begin to feel bored and as the film slowly winds down to its finale, there is a sense of d?j? vu. And what was that drama in the name of claustrophobia that Revathy goes through? Lead actors except for the moppet Aryan can hardly emote, and can?t carry the film forward. Arun Mani?s camera is nothing much to talk about while Ramesh Krishna?s music will put you to sleep.
The film at 2 hours and 30 minutes is too long for a supposed to be horror thriller, and needs urgent trimming, especially in the first half. It looks like Naga had made it a like a mega serial without the essential dread and fear that one would associate with a supernatural thriller.
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film