Pindam Movie Review: ‘Pindam’ a new horror film starring Sriram and Kushee Ravi, has hit theaters with the makers claiming it as the scariest film to date. Let’s dive into the movie and see how it fares.
Antony (Sriram), an accountant at a rice mill, buys a new house in Suklapet and Moving in with his pregnant wife Mary (Kushee Ravi), mother, and two daughters, Sophie (Baby Leisha) and Tara (Baby Chaitra), the family soon begins encountering strange occurrences, suspecting the house to be haunted. Their attempt to vacate leads them to seek help from Annamma, a demonologist. The rest of the story unfolds to reveal the mystery behind the house.
Pindam gets it right as far as the backstory is concerned. The flashback portions are interesting and disturbing at the same time. The movie deals with an important social issue and the same has been conveyed effectively towards the end.
Sriram is pretty good in his role. As a person who gets worried about his family, the actor did a supreme job. Kushee Ravi fits the bill rightly as a housewife and is impressive. The background score and locations play a key role in a horror film, and Pindam is solid in these aspects.
The kids, Baby Chaitra and Baby Leisha are brilliant in their respective roles. Eswari Rao leaves her mark in an important character. The rest of the cast did what was expected of them.
‘Pindam’ successfully handles the backstory. The flashback potions are intresting and disturbing at the same time. The film addresses an important social issue effectively towards the end. Sriram delivers a commendable performance, portraying a concerned family man, while Kushee Ravi brilliantly fits the role of a housewife. The background score and locations, crucial in a horror film, contribute positively to the movie. The child actors, Baby Chaitra and Baby Leisha, shine in their respective roles, and Eswari Rao leaves a lasting impression in her character.
“Pindam” adheres to a conventional narrative style in the horror genre, featuring a family encountering supernatural events in a new house—a concept seen repeatedly over the years. The film lacks thrilling moments, especially in the first half, relying on standard horror tropes like flickering lights and moving objects.
Jumpscares feel artificial and fail to create the intended impact. The movie bears a notable resemblance to the Hollywood film ‘Conjuring’ affecting its uniqueness. Lengthy climax portions and underdeveloped characters, particularly Srinivas Avasarala’s, contribute to the film’s drawbacks.
The background score by music director Krishna Saurabh Surampalli is noteworthy, although its impact is diminished by writing issues. Sathish Manoharan’s cinematography is commendable, creating the right mood for a horror film. While the visuals and production design set the mood needed for the horror film, reliance on age-old scare tactics diminishes their impact. Direction by Saikiran shows promise but falls short in delivering thrilling horror elements. A more attentive screenplay could have vastly improved the end result.
‘Pindam’ emerges as a regular horror thriller with a few decent moments. The performances from the lead cast are good, and the movie is high on technical values. But the main issue is with the narrative. The film’s attempts at scare lacks impact, and the prolonged climax diminishes the overall satisfaction. While some scenes and the backstory are effective, the movie falls short of delivering a truly satisfying experience.
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