Athiran review: An engaging psycho thriller

Fahadh Faasil’s brilliant performance that holds the film together.

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Movie Title

Athiran review: An engaging psycho thriller



Star Cast

Fahadh Faasil, Sai Pallavi

Debutant director Vivek’s Athiran is a psycho thriller with some twists and surprises.

The story begins when a young doctor named Mooledath Kannan Nair (Fahadh Faasil) from the psychiatry department of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College comes for a visit to a mental asylum run inside a huge bungalow by Dr. Benjamin Diaz (Atul Kulkarni). The hospital is situated in a lonely hill with no contacts with the outside world.

There are only a few patients there, claims Benjamin. Dr. Nair is not convinced about Diaz’s treatment and he is all set to find the issues. He goes around to assess the functioning of the hospital. 

He finds that there is an autistic patient named Nitya (Sai Pallavi) who is confined to a room. Diaz says she is his daughter, who is autistic. After going through some tense moments, Dr. Nair tries to solve the mysteries and wants to rescue the girl from there.

The story, perhaps inspired from movies like Stonehearst Asylum, is essentially narrated like solving a jigsaw puzzle and it is the climax that give the answers to the clues until then. 

Obviously the journey until then has to be really engaging in such a pattern but here it requires some patience to sit through that part of the ride. The dialogues and the settings tend to be dramatic at times as well. 

It is Fahadh Faasil’s brilliant performance that holds the film together. He performs the role in a dedicated manner. Though she has not much dialogues, Sai Pallavi shines as an autistic girl. Atul Kulkarni adds to the mystery with his style. Prakash Raj has a limited role to play.

Athiran may be far from perfect but it manages to keep the viewer entertained. 

Athiran review: An engaging psycho thriller

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