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Horror movies – you name them and they are constantly seen flowing abundantly every weekends in the theatres. Apparently, this week has Unakkenna Venum Sollu, yet again one more from the bunch of newcomers. The film is directed by Srinath Ramalingam and is produced by Juna Pictures with Aurra Cinemas releasing it. Loaded with some promising performances by Anu, Mime Gopi, Deepak Paramesh, Jaqlene PraKASH, Gunalan Morgan and Mourhrna Anetha, the film garnered some expectation levels as the makers unveiled the climax online before the theatrical release.
Just like last week release Maya, Unakkenna Venum Sollu goes with a similar pattern of narration, but with less similarities. Yes, it’s a tale of two parallel tracks that keeps our excitements growing more and bigger of how they get linked towards the latter part of the movie. Karthik (Deepak) is a single man with a good job, but is desperate to date someone and his life gets changed when he comes across Judy (Mourhrna) through a strange connection of phone call. She is a divorcee and a mother of 8-yr old daughter named Daisy. Across the other part of the city, there is Pooja (Jaqlene Prakash) who is married to Shiva (Gunalan Morgan). They have moved to their guest house and sooner ghostly activities starts haunting them. How these characters get interwoven with a mysterious past linking them all is the basic premise of this story.
What makes the story appealing at the first sight is the style of narration that director Srinath Ramalingam has handled. The parallel tales on the run and getting conjoined after few moments is something really impressive when you hear or see in a film. Although, the first half has very little moments to get your spines chilled, the second half in spite of having the dearth of scary elements gains more emotional intensity, especially the climax. The actors have done their best to give more life to the emotional episodes. Every character in this film is laced with emotions and that lets the audiences get connected with them. Mime Gopi appearing as Mathews, an exorcist is very well portrayed including his culmination. Deepak Paramesh looks contradictory with the role. He has a buried past with more depression but is seen jovial, which should have been corrected. Jaqlene Prakash looks simple and quite intensively coherent to the role. Mourhrna appears in few portions and acts as a bridge between these characters. She does a neat job and Gunalan Morgan is appreciable as well. Anu playing the role of Daisy is an emotional punch.
Everyone in the technical crew have tried to deliver their best, especially sound designers. Manish Murthy tries to evoke eeriness through his camera and succeeds certainly. Siva Saravanan on his musical chords could have done better.
The first half is slightly dragging and second half with lengthy flashbacks could have been trimmed. The climax has intensively emotional moments and the director should have tried paving the best way through screenplay.
Verdict: Less horror elements, but stands out on emotional context