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Kannada (Aparna, Uma,
Cast: Vijayalakshmi, Anu Prabhakar, Om Prakash Rao, Mandya Ramesh, Bank Janardhan, Dattatreya, Satyajit, Charulatha, Jyothi, Satyajit, Kumar Govind
Director: Dinesh Babu
Those who have seen the wallposters of this film can guess it right. Yes, it is a film about ghosts. But, sadly the film disappoints the viewers who want to see some real horror scenes.
It is the story of the spirit of Nirmala (Vijayalakshmi) which is invited for fun by some girl students who are on a trip. Incidentally, one among them is Nirmala’s daughter.
Nirmala was killed killed by her mother-in-law (Jyothi), brother (Satyajit) for not giving birth to a baby boy. The plot moves with some horror scenes, revenge and some unnatural deaths.
The story moves slowly in the first part and fails to create the suspense effectively. In the second half, we are told about Nirmala, her family and how her spirit wants to take revenge. The climax, with a sentimental touch, is unexpected.
There are some special effects but they do not add value to the movie.
Vijayalakshmi as the haunting spirit is okay. There is nothing much to say about Anu Prabhakar, Satyajit and Kumar Govind’s performances. But comic scenes by Om Prakash Rao as constable Krishna who is out to unravel the spirit’s mystery, Mandya Ramesh as a servant and Enagi Nataraj as a the orphanage watchman evoke laughter. Charulatha is cast in an item number. The music by Praveen D Rao is forgettable. Cinematography by the director himself, particularly during night and evening scenes, is good. Dinesh Babu’s earlier films (Suprabhatha, Laali, Chitra and others) were better than this film.
S N DEEPAK