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‘Chathur Mukham’ movie review: Manju Warrier’s ‘techno-horror’ has a few surprises up its sleeve

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The movie may rating decrease on the scare-quotient half, however makes up for a similar with the novelty and believability of a number of the plot factors

With virtually all of the doable horror themes that would scare folks virtually nearing exhaustion, it’s left to scriptwriters and filmmakers to mine recent concepts that would give the chills to the viewers. Those that preserve an eye fixed round themselves, absorbing in all of the modifications, might nonetheless provide you with one thing that feels modern and that would make folks suppose, suspending disbelief, that this might presumably occur to them too.

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In Chathur Mukham, smartphones and even selfies change into sources of horror, serving to it join instantly to a big part of the viewers. However merely making these ubiquitous issues a part of the narrative wouldn’t be sufficient. It must be backed by situations which can be convincing and a plot that’s considerably natural, each of that are achieved by the filmmaker duo of Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil.V, and the scriptwriter duo of Abhayakumar.Okay and Anil Kurian.

Thejaswini (Manju Warrier) is a social media addict, who retains updating photos from her day by day life continuously on-line. After she loses her smartphone, she decides to purchase a brand new one from an internet retailer. Mysterious occasions start to happen after the telephone arrives. Alongside together with her pal Antony (Sunny Wayne), with whom she is working a struggling CCTV digicam enterprise, she seeks the assistance of Clement (Alencier), a science fanatic who’s skeptical of something that doesn’t have a rational rationalization.

Chathur Mukham

  • Administrators: Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil.V
  • Solid: Manju Warrier, Sunny Wayne, Alencier
  • Storyline: A social media addict buys a brand new smartphone, after which mysterious occasions preserve taking place in her life

The gist of the plot and even the trailer may give one an impression of a run-of-the-mill horror film, but the makers have saved fairly a number of surprises inside, peppered at common intervals. There’s usually an try to supply a scientific rationalization for the happenings on the display screen, with a number of the characters even poking enjoyable or dismissing the normal Malayalam horror film substances of black magic and exorcism. But, the script doesn’t totally dismiss the supernatural components, that are very a lot a part of the plot too, however coated with a skinny veneer of scientific reasoning.

A few of these horror components may seem over-the-top, however are handled in a way more managed method. The makers, who’re all from the sector of expertise, additionally get a contact philosophical on how there is no such thing as a escape from the ‘sign’, which retains you hooked to 1 digital gadget or one other for each waking hour of your life. They appear to inform us that exorcising that ghost may be a good tougher job than dealing with the standard ones.

Thejaswini will not be portrayed as a damsel in misery, however as somebody who leads the battle from the entrance. The strained relationship together with her brother, and the way the mysterious occasions make her have a relook at it types an attention-grabbing, however under-explored tangent. The script additionally treats her friendship with Antony in a mature method, refusing to fall for the compulsion to show it right into a relationship.

Chathur Mukham may rating decrease on the scare-quotient half, however makes up for a similar with the novelty and believability of a number of the plot factors. Contemplating its branding as a ‘techno-horror’, it lives up virtually totally to the ‘techno’ a part of it, and partly to the ‘horror’ a part of it, a truth which the faint-hearted may be grateful for.

Chathur Mukham is at present working in theatres

 

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