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Thriller with Spirit: Ananthapurathu Veedu
Cast: Nanda, Chhaya Singh, Panth and Aryan
Music: Ramesh Krishna
Author Indira Soundararajan and teleserial director Naga, who had created magic on the small-screen by producing the thriller Marmadesam, have joined hands to create Anandhapurathu Veedu, also a thriller.
Bala (Nanda) moves into his village ancestral home after more 15 years along with wife Revathy (Chhaya Singh) and son Anand (Aryan). Anand, Revathy and Bala gradually find that there is some spirit in the house which scares the hell out of them.
Revathy comes across another scary truth: Bala had actually moved into the house not out of ancestral pride but to escape the clutches of lenders from whom he had taken a Rs. 5 million loan. Sasikanth, the lender, almost puts them under house arrest.
Soon Bala realizes that the spirits were only his parents. The couple and the kid now looks for a way to escape the spirits and wriggle out of their debt trap.
The script is all about what the spirits need and how the inhabitants face them. The debt trap and the friend’s betrayal compounds the family’s problems; finally, the director narrates how the spirits help the family overcome its problems.
Naga has toiled to “rationally” show the existence of the spirits. The problem starts when he overdoes it repeatedly.
Nanda delivers a dignified performance. If in places he fails to emote strongly, he is very good in the climax.
Chhaya Singh, who returns to Tamil screen after more than an year in Vallamai Tharaayo, looks beautiful and is very good as a claustrophobic woman. And she screams very convincingly. (Come to think of it, which girl doesn’t scream well?)
Aryan, the boy, shows fear, uncertainty and happiness well. In fact, he almost steals the thunder from Nanda and Chhaya in the role of a mute boy.
Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction are collectively by Indira Soundararajan, Sarath Haridasan and Naga himself. Naga manages to make viewers empathize with Revathy who ultimately becomes friendly’ with the spirits.
The screenplay could have been more brisk in the second half. Turning points, considered essential for films of this nature, are few. Though the climax is not difficult to guess, it has been interestingly filmed.