‘Andhaghaaram’ is a supernatural thriller in Tamil, written and directed by V Vignarajan and produced under ‘A for Apple’, ‘Passion Studios’ and O2 Pictures’. Music was by Pradeep Kumar, Cinematography by Edwin Sakay and Edited by Sathyaraj Natarajan. The movie was released on 24 November 2020 on Netflix.
The movie is about three different characters of which Vinod (Arjun Das) is one. He is a downcast cricketer who lives on coaching kids the game. He gets into trouble when he started receiving anonymous phone calls from a person who claims that he has a dark secret of Vinod. And finds strange and paranormal happenings in his house and is shivering out of fear.
And visually challenged Selvam (Vinoth Kishan), a librarian is another one who takes up the task of trapping an evil spirit in a haunted house. He ventures the task due to circumstances and gets into trouble.
The Psychiatrist, Indran (Kumar Nataarajan) is the third one, who was shot by a psycho and lost his speech. He is very eager to get back to his practice and takes a strange decision.
The stories of these three men are bound together in a supernatural way by the director and the thread used is filmy.
The actors, mainly Arjun Das and Vinoth Kishan, have exhibited their excellent acting skills. Arjun displays the toughness, frustration and the vulnerability as per the situation and Vinoth Kishan suits the handicapped character with ease. Pooja Ramachandran and Misha Ghoshal are charming and do their roles well.
The film is a visual treat with the pleasant cinematography of Edwin Sakay, which adds to the feel of the scenes. And the reverberating background score by Pradeep Kumar increases the thrill and the few number of songs blend with the situation. The editing works of Sathyaraj Natarajan is much remarkable and supports the nonlinear storyline.
The Art director has done a splendid job. Over all the technical team is much appreciable for being in synch with the story and the characters. Some of the graphics are highly admirable.
Though the running time is lengthy with 171 minutes, we are kept engaged till the end, as the suspense is maintained. There are no dull moments and the quality and the care taken in every frame make the movie enjoyable.
There are certain drawbacks but the movie has more positive aspects. Vignarajan, in his debut directorial, seems to have extracted the best out of the crew and has given a marvelous visual treat with an excellent team work.