Sanjay, a 10-
film-old star who is now written off because of three consecutive flops, is alone in his mansion, battling failure, rejection and depression. The demons in his mind want him to claim his own life. Does he?
There's been a lot of talk about this
film, because of its novelty factor. Director Dayal Padmanabhan has used just one setting, with one protagonist for a major length of the
film. This has, quite predictably, aroused quite a lot of curiosity in the minds of the cinephiles. The end result is a decent outing to the cinema hall, because Dayal, as well as lead actor Naveen Krishna, have delivered their best to engage the viewer.
film borrows a premise that crosses the minds of most people in showbiz, as well as their fans - what if the fanfare and adulation fades away, can one still survive with the head held high? We get a glimpse of a Sanjay's starry life as the
film begins, which then fast forward's
three years later to a dejected, desolated scenario. He lives alone, as a reject, leading to cynical thoughts, driving Sanjay to the extremes, sometimes hallucinating and sometimes catatonic.
Given the limited means that the director has, we have two other protagonists who play an equal part in Sanjay's life. The first is the presence of Charlie Chaplin through various artifacts and pictures in the house and the second is the actor's house itself. This mansion, ironically, is called Housefull.
The filmmaker has cleverly mixed these symbols and motifs to ensure one never gets tired of seeing just one person on screen for over three-fourths of the
film. And equally applause-worthy is Naveen's portrayal of Sanjay. One empathizes with him when he is sad, you are equally upset when he is angry and you are drawn to feel for Sanjay. And Sihi Kahi Geetha, playing a catalyst in the story, is effortless in her role and you wish you see more of her in
Some setbacks are there, like the background music, which gets overly dramatic and loud at times, and maybe it could have been trimmed by a few minutes. But the writing, acting and cinematography overpower these to ensure you have a
film that is worth your while. If you're the sort who sifts through cinema libraries and sites for experimental cinema across the globe, this
film is right up your alley.