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sWEEtmICHe
10-28-2004, 12:28 PM
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sWEEtmICHe
10-28-2004, 12:30 PM
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Athu

Cast: Sneha, Abbas, Saranya, Vijayan, Aravindh (debut)
Direction: Ramesh Krishnan
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja


:mk;GFwp: Review

Suddenly, horror is the flavor of the season in filmdom. You have Ram Gopal Varma's Factory churning out flicks after flicks that are about ghosts, spirits and other scary things. In Tamil itself you had Shock.

Adhu, at core, is about the struggles of a blind played by Sneha encountering a spirit after she undergoes eye transplantation --- courtesy a young woman raped and murdered. Though the film has frames evoking horror, courtesy Selvakumar's cinematography and Yuvan Shankar Raja's re-recording, most of the scenes aimed at scaring you, seem very familiar.

The movie begins with a blind woman Sneha undergoing eye-transplantation surgery. Once she gets back her vision, she encounters super natural forces and comes across a vivid image of a young woman. She consults a psychiatrist, played by a debutant Aravindh, and eventually falls in love with him.

Initially everybody laughs at her and dismisses her statements as a hallucination. Later they realize it to be the handiwork of a young woman's spirit and go to the village (Vijayanagar), where the young woman lived and died. They realize from the villagers that the young woman had ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) and predicted future happenings in advance. But the villagers mistake her to be a witch and drive her out of the village. Meanwhile, an industrialist (Kazan Khan) comes to the village and sets up a factory promising jobs for the villagers.

The young woman takes the cudgels against Kazan Khan as she realizes that he is in village only to make money at the expense of the people's safety. But Kazan Khan with the help of the village chieftain Vijayan convinces people that the young woman is an evil force and the villagers eventually stone her to death. But a good doctor in the village (Abbas) arranges for a decent funeral and donates her eyes as per her last wish --- this eye gets transplanted to Sneha. Coming to know about this entire story, Sneha embarks on a mission to educate the villagers and takes on Kazan Khan.

The rest is about how the young woman's spirit gets into Sneha and takes revenge the evil men. This film is out and out Sneha's. This is perhaps her best performance till date. She is particularly superb while looking the part of the woman taken over by a spirit.

Abbas is quiet in his cameo while new comer Aravindh has nothing much to do.

Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja adds strength to the movie. A horror movie with scary frames needs a perfect backing from the music-director and Yuvan has provided just that. Debutanat director Ramesh Krishnan deserves credit for churning out a slick movie on his debut. However, he could have kept the momentum going with more surprises.

Spirit is there. But the other spirit is slightly missing...

- sWEEtmICHe :sm08:

sWEEtmICHe
10-28-2004, 04:55 PM
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"This film is going to make an impact like 'Sivappu Rojakkal..'
.........only twice as much..
thus commends Iyakkunar Imayam' Bharathiraja. :Ksp:

Athu

:lol: Lets analyze whether BharathiRaja's comment is justified

Sneha, who lost her vision in both the eyes is a Violin artist. Because of her Blindness, she encounters many problems. She regains her vision after an eye transplant operation.
Just after the successful operation, the Doctor in the presence of others, wanted to test her vision, and asks her how many people are there in the room. For this, Sneha, answers 4, but actually there are only 3 persons in the room. This makes Doctor and her mother Charanya confused and they ask her repeatedly that Sneha should try harder and come out with the correct number. But Sneha insists that she sees 4 persons. Here the audience, get to see the 'fourth' person which creates a 'Chilling' effect.

The Doctor, says that this is just a confusion of mind and refuse to believe her version. But 'Adhu' repeatedly shows itself to Sneha again and again. 'It' follows Sneha wherever she goes.
The viewers also shares the feelings of Confusion and terror of Sneha about 'Adhu'. Only after interval we get to know about 'Adhu'. But what happens to Sneha in the end is the climax of the movie.
Psychiatrist, House maid with menacing stare, these character do remained the viewers of the film 'Shock' in first half. But the story line and different incidents comes as relief and also make us believe that, this is new.
Just after few minutes into the movie, and you get the real terrifying taste of Yuvan Shankar Raja's music.
The terror and fear, gets into the mind of the viewers and makes them sit tight in their seats, terrified.

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"Adhu" threatens Sneha in the presence of her mother. She could not even give vent to her fear by shouting, her eyes does it for her. Again 'Adhu' confronts her in a lift. When she is alone. Again in her bedroom, 'Adhu'. Just sits 'bent legged'. Sneha, realizing this, with gripping fear and sweating face, she asks, who.. who.. are you? She screams but didn't dare to get near to 'Adhu' Sneha is in her elements and excells in these scenes. One should really appreciate her performance.
It is really a solace to note that, the director didn't attempt to apply weird make up to 'Angelic beauty' citing 'ghost oriented' subject as reason.
Veteran artiste Shunmugarajan, who acted in Virumandi in a character called 'Peikaman', have acted as PeiKavalan in this movie. (Only in flash back Scenes).
He is a very good actor. But not getting too many chances. His make-up in this film include long hair and longer beard. But his role is very small.
Suha, who is the 'ghost' in the film is not up to the mark. Apart from these actors, Abbas, Charanya, Kazan Khan, Vijayan are all showing their faces in one or two scenes.
The Hero Aravind, the doctor, in the pretext of treating her, also tries to get into her heart. By god's grace, there is no duet with Aravind.
If the Sneha is the heroine of this film, The real 'Hero is Music Director Yuvan Shankar Raja. If the viewers are getting jitters, It is only due to the terrifying music scored by him. Added to this, the lighting effect of P.Selvakumar, helped to increase the heart beat.
It is highly surprising to know that Balakumaran have penned the dialogues in this film. The viewers are equally baffled about the fact. Why 'Adhu' wanted to terrify Sneha because its real intention is to do some good things to society! Only 'Ghost' could answer this.
Despite the fact that this is a 'Ghost' story, "We have to appreciate the Director Ramesh Krishna for his attempt to explain the dangers of Industrial wastes and how it affects the society.
"Adhu" will definitely instill feat and terror in the minds of viewers ...

source:cinenews
-sWEEtmICHe

sWEEtmICHe
10-30-2004, 10:20 AM
COMING TO GEETHAM THEATER SOON....... :b:

revathy
11-22-2004, 11:05 AM
Ya it does seem to be really scary....

coolian
11-22-2004, 06:15 PM
This seems to be a really lame movie. The Indian film industry - as a whole - continues to disappoint me.