Direction: Jay KK
Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priya Anand
Music: Rahul Raj, Sushin Shyam
Cinematographer: Sujith Vaassudev
Editor: Vivek Harshan
What is it about: It’s a horror-thriller which ponders few facts on Jewish Culture in Kerala, which has an underlying plot of couple moving in Kochi and how this comes in to play forms the crux of the story directed by Jay K.
Why it’s disappointing: It stays put for this movie.
What to watch out for: After watching this film, most of them will come to know that Jewish culture is still followed by a bunch in the state of Kerala. This films does a great job in educating one or two about that faith. At the same time keeps a sane balance in sentiments surrounding it. The film was well woven by writer & director Jay K. Who did a great job in executing the plot in a subtle way. The director didn’t seem to scare the audience, just for the sake of horror, rather makes a strong point through his narration. That part made this film all the more interesting. And most definitely this was well decorated with a talented cast.
Prithviraj, is a seasoned actor who have donned may roles and have explored his acting nuances across the major film industries in India. As Ranjan Mathew, he makes a strong case and delivers a commendable performance.
Priya Anand, who makes her debut in Malayalam did a fine job. And it didn’t seem like she was new to the language, which is a great advantage for her. A neat performance by Priya Anand.
The rest of the cast from which couple of noteworthy are Sujith Shanker as Rabbi Marques, who did a great job. And there was Tovino Thomas as ACP, who had a crisp screen presence.
Apart from them there were two more who were on screen for a brief moment but becomes a vital part of the film. They were Sudev Nair as Abraham Ezra & Ann Sheetal as Rosy. They both were equally good.
The film had an exceptional technical team, which elevated the experience of this film to next level. The cinematography was astounding, which was perfectly constructed by Sujith Vaassudev. He had a nake to handle the camera and a great taste for the tone of the film. Editing was top notch by Vivek Harshan. The film required VFX and was done to requirement with not blowing it out of proportion. And finally, without a good sound design, you can’t complete a horror film, Anish John did an exceptional job with sound design.
Verdict: Jay K weaved a neat horror-thriller which doesn’t deflect from its notion and keeps moving forward with a strong plot. And that was performed by a great ensemble of cast. Definitely worth a watch.