Thursday, December 23, 2010

Nil Kavani Sellathey - Eerie entertainer

 Thrillers are not made very often in Tamil cinema. Producer-director Anand Chakravarathy (the man behind ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’) has taken the guts to do a movie on this genre.
It is no amateurish kind of a thriller, rather a series attempt to present a spine-chilling entertainer, that is interesting in most parts.
A group of friends on a trip to a secluded place missing one after other sets the premise for an interesting film. Though the knot is apparently from Hollywood, Anand (who plays the lead role too) has given the nativity feel and ensured with whatever facility available to him is utlisied well to do a convincing film.
Sam (Anand Chakaravarthy), Jo (Dhaniska), Arun (Ramssy), Priya (Lakshmi Nair) and Milo (Jagan) head to a small village on a pleasure trip. And they reach the place despite a warning that it is not to going to be a nice trip.
As night arrives, what arrives along with it is a series of mysterious experiences. The friends are attacked one after other by an unidentified villain. In the meantime, a police officer too arrives at the village to unravel the mystery.
What is the reason behind the attacks? Will they survive? All these things are made clear in the climax, which has so much twists and turns, with some being clichéd and some quiet interesting.
The movie impresses thanks to a strong technical backup. The sleek cinematography comes to its rescue. Also the lighting sets up the mood. The thrilling scenes where the lead cast run for their lives have been picturised well.
Selva Ganesh’s music is another major highlight. Movies on such genre get strength from background score. Understanding this, Selva Ganesh has lent able support to the director in setting the mood of the film.
Due credits should go to Anand Chakravarthy. He has succeeded in all this three avatars. The other lead players, including ‘Maanja Velu’ and ‘Peranmai’ fame Dhanshika, have presented an impressive performance.
Without any crass comedy, dumb dance by the lead pair or fisticuffs defying gravitational force, ‘Nil Gavani Sellathey’ is an honest attempt as a thriller. Watching it once in a theatre could encourage more such attempts.


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