Director: V Vignarajan
Cast: Vinoth Kishan, Arjun Das, Pooja Ramachandran, Misha Ghoshal and Jeeva Ravi
V Vignarajan’s Andhaghaaram, a actually one-of-its-kind directorial debut, is the sort of thriller that depends closely on creating the temper however not often on bounce scares. This is one of many the reason why the film works and makes for a largely participating watch. By staying away from the standard tips of the commerce which might be largely related to the supernatural style, the film is a crash course in understanding the artwork of mood-building to make a viewing expertise unimaginably immersive. Despite the film’s size (of almost three hours), Andhaghaaram retains one hooked with spectacular visuals and groundbreaking sound design.
The story follows 4 characters and their odd connection between them. Vinod (Arjun Das), a failed cricketer, Selvam (Vinoth Kishan), a visually-challenged librarian with some occult powers, Pooja (Pooja Ramachandran), a instructor for the blind and Dr Indran (Kumar Natarajan), a psychiatrist, cross paths and their lives come below some supernatural affect. As the story tries to unravel the connection and thriller between these characters, we’re drawn into a visually compelling story that creates a distinctive world.
Vignarajan’s writing – although advanced for many half – is what makes Andhaghaaram an expertise to savour. Instead of creating a wholesomely compelling story, Vignarajan focuses on creating moments, scenes that depart a higher influence on the viewer. If you choose the film scene by scene, you’re nearly satisfied it’s flawless, and aren’t too slowed down by the marginally underwhelming climax twist. Vignarajan is an thrilling expertise and one who needs to go towards the grain to show his versatility. When most thrillers are constructed on bounce scares, Vignarajan believes in creating an expertise greater than the rest.
The casting is on level and it’s one other prime cause why the film doesn’t disappoint. Vinoth Kishan because the blind librarian wins you over with a plausible efficiency. As a viewer, you purchase into his helplessness to save lots of his father’s property. Arjun Das, after Kaithi, returns with one other memorable act. As the lonely, failed cricketer, he excels in bringing out the aggressiveness and vulnerability of his character convincingly. Pooja Ramachandran and Kumar Natarajan, too, shine of their respective roles.
Visually, Andhaghaaram is in a completely different league altogether. The technical crew deserves a particular reward for making each scene stand out aesthetically. Even essentially the most mundane shot is made to look so distinctive that you just’re left to marvel on the display screen. The film leaves a very hanging mark with its visuals and sound design. In theatres, it could’ve made an much more interesting expertise. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless a thriller that marks the arrival of a filmmaker who must be taken severely.
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