Movie: Jackson Durai
Direction: Dharani Dharan
Cast: Sathyaraj, Sibiraj, Bindu Madhavi
Music: Siddharth Vipin
Editor: Vivek Harshan
Genre: Comedy, Horror
What is it about: This is a Tamil horror-comedy, where a village is terrorized by a haunted mansion. And that mansion houses the ghosts of “Jackson-Durai”. Troubled by the ghosts the villagers seek the help of police to get rid of the issue. What happens next forms the crux of the story directed by Dharani Dharan.
Why it’s disappointing: This one posed as an out of the box horror-comedy, but turns out to even fulfill the clichéd ones. The promotions and trailer was cut with great caution which was one main reason audience were lured in to the cinema halls the first day, unfortunately it disappoints big time.
The film has a weak plot which is backed with an even weaker back story making this handicapped to move forward. The first half an hour takes off the interest from the film with useless establishment of the lead character played by Sibi Raj followed by the other supporting characters.
Then like a template there’s a love angle forced to in to the plot so that they can spin a story to take this forward.
Sibi Raj needs to really buck up and choose a script which will bring the true actor inside him. He has a big shoe to fill, and it shows clearly on screen that he’s having tough time coping up with it.
Bindu Madhavi is one Kollywood actress who churns out dialogues without opening her mouth, it’s really hard for her to perform that. She hardly emotes, have a lot to work on Bindu, competition is fierce.
Sathyaraj was wasted in this role, from the posters and promos the makers gave an impression to a different level. But it remained in those promos and posters. On screen as the character “Durai” he was failed, even a veteran actor like him couldn’t make this work.
Karunakaran, Yogi Babu and Rajendran were part of the standard Kollywood template for comedy and this time it didn’t work at all.
The film lacked continuity and had one too many flaws which seemed like were deliberately left unattended assuming audience will ignore. But to your surprise the crowd made a mockery out of the film.
What to watch out for: The cinematography by Yuvraj was good which had a crisp edit from Vivek Harshan. The music by Siddharth Vipin was gullible. The make-up artists did a fine job in deriving the look of the ghosts. VFX was pretty good. And here and there Karunakaran and Yogi Babu managed to crack some laughs.
Verdict: Dharani Dharan, couldn’t retain the flavour what he had done earlier with “Burma”. In the process of thinking out of the box, he forgot to think at all. The film disappoints big time and have wasted actor like Sathyaraj. Can definitely give a miss.