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Yavarum Nalam

Director: Vikram
Cast: Madhavan

Even with bizarre logics and clichés you can win over the audience, if you are in good command over the script: Vikram proves this with his Yavarum Nalam, a part horror and part thriller movie. Be it the standard flashback or the usual twists or the standard spine chillers like close up shots of eyes, sudden knock on door, dog seeing spirits, photos going haywire- Yavarum Nalam has good dosage of everything that a thriller usually shows, yet somewhere down the line falls short, due to the lack of creativity which the concept offers.

The story is about how Manoj (R. Madhavan) tackles the situation, when spirits take control of machineries in his new flat. Vikram shows brilliance with the way he embeds humour in scenes which also scares you. His mark continues in the way he shows Manoj handling the troubles caused by the spirits as a part of his routine. He should also be applauded for not showing spirits in masked gory faces and also for avoiding darkness.

Even though lot of care has been taken to hide the fact that the movie is a bi-lingual, the poor lip-sync of Manoj’s wife, few casting mishaps and outdoor locations partly shot in Mumbai with big hoardings in hindi at the famous Mumbai beach messes it all up. That apart depicting The hindu as a tamil newspaper, news archives dating back to the 70’s looking new reduces the standard of the movie.

Acting wise Madhavan is a dream to watch. The supporting actors too have done their job to perfection. Cinematography is top-notch which ranges from highly experimental angles to stand still close-ups depicting the right amount of tone and emotions on the screen. Background score is apt but the songs by Shankar-Eshaan-Loy are poor.

Verdict: Great entertainer, if not a scary movie.


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Maddy said…
Btw, Madhavan's character name is Manohar not manoj
Srivatsan said…
Yes its manohar not manoj. Make sure that you check out names b4 writing a review
mr.weirdo!! said…
thank you for pointing out my mistakes ppl .. i hope thts really maddy reading my blog

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