Coming from the same team that made a pathetic Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare, the latest Jayaram movie Aadupuliyattam has nothing much to offer other than some discrete humorous moments. Following all the possible clichés one could imagine in a horror movie, this movie from Kannan Thamarakkulam is tedious.

Sathyajith is a builder and at the peak of his success he seems to have strange dreams and can’t sleep properly. The search for a solution for this ends up in a meeting with a swami who tells him the reason and solution for the misery. It’s the revenge thirst of the ghost of a person who was there in Sathyajith’s past that is creating all the mess. The movie focuses on Sathyajith’s attempt to fix this issue by doing all the mantras and tantras.

The first half of the movie is way too much in terms of content and it creates hell a lot of confusions. The hero is introduced as a builder, and then in flashback he suddenly becomes the leader of a gang who does all the fraud things. Again there is a flashback. It is the sickening predictability and the shoddy technical expertise that makes this movie totally annoying. In an interview the director said Om Puri got very excited about the film after reading the brief of the script. Seriously? What on earth was there in that script to make him feel that someone of his caliber was required for that role? At some areas I even felt similarity with Sowcarpettai in terms of shoddiness.

Except for the two looks, there isn’t much for Jayaram to do in this movie. Remya Krishnan looks convincing for the role of Mathangi. I still have no clue on the necessity of having someone like Om Puri for that role. Sheelu Abraham is disappointing. Saju Navodaya, Sreekumar and Ramesh Pisharady offers the relief fun moments. The best performers in the movie were actually Akshara and Angelina. Even though the logic behind many of the scenes that had these kids was extremely boring, the two girls performed really well.

Kannan Thamarakkulam has made it look like those lame Tamil horror revenge movies. Aadupuliyattam seems to have no clear idea on how to present itself. Jayaram’s character itself has various shades at various points. There is no real uniqueness to the story. It’s the same old ghost thing and some really laughable instances of secularism is visible in the movie. Dialogues and scenes are highly dramatic and there were areas where the audience started to predict the next scene. Cinematography also reminded me of those Tamil movies (Singham Hari’s favorite shots). Edits are disappointing and the visual effects are pathetic. The main positive of the movie was the fair enough music from Ratheesh Vega. But he disappointed me with the background score. Fights were executed very poorly.

Aadupuliyattam has good music, surprising performances from child artists and a few instances of humor. But still the movie is a disappointing lame creation that is slightly better than Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare.
Rating : 1.5/5

Final Thoughts

Following all the possible clichés one could imagine in a horror movie, Aadupuliyattam from Kannan Thamarakkulam is tedious.


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By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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