Banner: S Pictures
Star-casts: Nandha, Chaya Singh, Master Aryan and others
Music: Ramesh Krishna
Magnificent director Shankar has been producing quite a number of beautiful projects recently, the latest being Eeram. Ananthapurathu Veedu, which belongs to the horror genre, deals with supernatural powers; it is directed by ‘Marmadesam’ fame Naga. Shankar is known to produce movies with a difference and when Naga approached him with different scripts, Shankar was impressed with all the options and gave Naga the freedom to choose whichever he wanted.
But Naga’s Ananthapurathu Veedu is truly different from his gripping TV show ‘Marmadesam’.
Ananthapurathu Veedu revolves around a married couple (Nanda and Chaya Singh) and their son Aananth (Aryan), who returns to their hometown to stay in their ancestral house that has been locked for the past 25 years. Nanda’s parents died in a car accident when he was 15 years old and since then, nobody has entered the house. Here, mysterious events happen and the haunting begins.
But unlike many supernatural thrillers, in Ananthapurathu Veedu the spirits wants to express their love and care for the family rather than haunting them.
First, Revathy (Chaya Singh) experiences some unusual activities and begins to suspect all is not well. Slowly, Revathy understands that the unusual events happening around them are due to the spirits of Nandha’s parents who are here to help them.
Trouble began in the form of some goondas who keep following Nanda and his family. Now comes the twist, Nanda and his working partner (Krishna of Chidambara Rahasyam fame) had borrowed Rs. 50 lakhs from a local moneylender and now they are unable to pay it back! This was the reason behind Nandha’s decision to return to their ancestral house after so many years.
Finally, Nanda decides to sell his ancestral house and solve the problem, but will his parents’ spirits allow him to do that? What happens next is a series of interesting events; his mother’s care, father’s dream, long time servant’s concern for the family and above all Krishna’s selfishness (which is the main cause of all his problems). How will the spirits of Nandha’s parents help him overcome all these troubles? This forms the rest of the story with a thrilling climax.
Performance wise, Nandha and Chaya Singh have handled their roles with ease and brilliance. But the film stands on the bedrock of Aryan’s brilliant performance as Aananth. In fact, the entire star cast have done their parts well.
Arun Mani Palani has shot the thrilling images of the film; Ramesh Krishna’s music fails to create any impact; Vairamuthu has penned the lyrics.
Of course, it is a challenging task to make a film dealing with the feelings and thoughts of intangible characters. The potential danger is that in the wake of attempting a story in favour of the spirits, the film can become either preachy or boring. Thanks to director Naga’s skill in blending the elements of horror in the narration, Ananthapurathu Veedu has turned out to be a semi-horror thriller, which has a heart in its depth. Horror is one of the plus points of the film.
Ananthapurathu Veedu treats the audience with various twists, thrills and shocks. The director could have edited some song sequences in the first half to increase the pace of the film. The movie is not loud or horrific in terms of ghastly screams and scary figures. It is entertaining in parts and displays family relationships quite well, a clean family entertainer rather than a supernatural thriller.