: The cast and crew of an under production Telugu movie land in a forest guest house in Dandeli, for a shooting schedule. A hooded serial killer turns up out of the blue and starts killing them one by one.
: Rodd! Just in case you are wondering, the word is borrowed from colloquial Telugu cinema parlance, used to describe an insufferable movie experience, like this one. Being a sequel of the 2006 cult thriller, A Film by Aravind, we can't help but compare it to the original - this one isn't a patch on the original. We're afraid it's all sound - background score, we mean - and no substance.
The protagonist of the movie is Aravind (Srinivas), an under trial murder suspect out on bail. He is accused of murdering five of his friends. In reality though, Aravind just happens to be the lone survivor, in a picnic gone horribly wrong, where five of his friends disappear in the forests of Dandeli. Thanks to a quirk of fate, Aravind lands a role in a movie which has Rishi (Kamal) and Tanushka (Adonika) playing the lead roles. The film unit moves to the Dandeli for a shooting schedule. Then, all hell breaks loose as a hooded killer appears out of the blue, goes about butchering everyone he can lay his hands on.
Now, that sort of a premise can work only when backed up by adequate shock value. We are afraid that's where the cookie crumbles. Honestly, how frightening can a hooded killer get onscreen? Especially, if you've seen way too many Hollywood flicks on the same premise. In comparison this seems like a much dumbed down B grade offering. Besides a few elaborate chase sequences there is hardly anything that deserves a mention, cinematically speaking. The scene that drew the biggest whistles in the theatre had actress Srikeha flaunting her curves in a tank top and a bikini bottom. There's a beach song as well. Let's just say, the movie is more titillating than thrilling, thanks largely to the attractiveness of the three leading ladies.
As far as acting goes, well, it's adequate, save Srinivas who looks miscast. The most striking character in the movie is that of a van that the killer drives. It's the packaging that's gone horribly wrong. The sound seems to have been designed with the sole intention of testing your ear drums, besides your patience that is.
: Make sure you carry your ear plugs along, the background score is on full throttle all the time.