A family goes to their ancestral mansion with the intention of selling it off. However, people start dying in the place and they learn that the place is haunted. To make things worse, the ghost enters the body of one of the women.
In some ways, we go to a horror movie for the same reason why we go on a theme park ride time and again — for the thrills.
uses many of the horror movie tropes that we have seen in films so far — palatial mansion, scary-looking child, formless dark shapes, brutal murder, thwarted romance, godmen, and so on. It is a formulaic horror movie in every sense of the word but Sundar C serves it up in his typical style. So, in addition to the thrills, you also get the laughs.
The plot involves Murali and his wife Madhavi going to a village to sell their ancestral mansion. They are accompanied by over half-a-dozen family members, played by supporting actors whom we have seen quite often, ranging from older ones like Kovai Sarala and Mano Bala to newer ones like Nithin Sathya and Raai Laxmi. Then, there is also Paalsamy, a thief and an illegitimate heir to the place, who comes there to stake his claim. The director also gets a role — as Madhavi's lawyer brother, Ravi, a character that is part playful and part solemn like Rajinikanth in
The first half involves the shenanigans of this motley bunch if people, which ranges from the funny (the Santhanam portions) to the cringe-inducing (Mano Bala's amnesiac act). This is interspersed with some horror 'moments', which we get in the form of these characters sighting the ghost and getting scared. In the second half, we get the answer to the question of why the ghost is haunting the place with a flashback where we are told about Selvi, a young orphan who lived in the village priest's house, her romance with Murali and her unfortunate murder. The final act is a race against time that involves Ravi's attempts to save Murali from the ghost of Selvi, which has now taken over Madhavi.
Sundar C throws everything at us — comedy tracks, songs, flashbacks, a bit of skin show, a fight, sentiment and mystic mumbo jumbo, even though they never feel necessary. This is kitchen sink filmmaking but there is an assurance in how it is done. The film also feels somewhat overlong but the director manages to keep things moving that we just go with the flow. The visual effects are tacky and often excessive while the performances are functional — Hansika's lip-sync isn't right as usual, Andrea is blank both when acting scared or possessed, Sundar C often acts unperturbed by the happenings around him; even Santhanam's wordplay is a bit predictable — but then, the film doesn't take itself too seriously and so, we are able to overlook these niggles, and just about enjoy the ride.