A couple moves into a palatial house. Supernatural occurrences follow, which lead to the couple unearthing a story of the house's previous inhabitants, which is a tale about a family comprising a little girl called Naani, whose spirit guards the house. What is the reason for this?
Director Sumant's Naani came with a lot of expectations for many reasons. Firstly, the director is young and attempted to tell a real-life tale that he's researched in person. Secondly, the film has seasoned performers like Jai Jagadish and Suhasini. Does this live up to the expectations? Sadly, no.
For starters, the film tries to use the oldest tropes in telling horror tales. Garrish makeup, loud, sometimes jarring, background score and a lot of visual effects. The real tale that the filmmaker wanted to tell, which is about a nuclear family in Navsari, which comprised a couple and a test-tube baby, and what led to the little girl guarding the house that she grew up in years after her death, is quite interesting. But, it is the treatment that leads to disappointment. While the cinematography is commendable, the amateurish special effects ruin it. There are gigantic-sized snakes that are created through animation that pop up suddenly, looking like a cartoon rather than evoking the necessary chills. The makeup, too, at times is hideous, especially in the possessed scenes, while the background score gets too loud and overbearing, spoiling the narrative rather than adding to it in scenes.
One would also expect a little more emphasis on the Jai Jagadish and Suhasini portions, but this doesn't create the required empathy. The film could have worked better had the makers paid a little more attention to the narrative, rather than fall for unnecessary songs, given that horror as a genre is doing well since the past few years.