Two high profile actors, Taapsee Pannu and Vijay Sethupathy feature together for the first time in ‘Annabelle Sethupathi’. This horror comedy that shuttles between eras revolves around a small-time thief played by Taapsee who gets embroiled with a bunch of ghosts in a haunted house as she tries to rob the place. The actor also plays a dual role as Annabelle, a stylish British woman of the 1940s who enters the palace that was built for her by a king (played by Vijay Sethupathi). She is confronted by the same set of ghosts who are only visible to her and think she is their ticket to salvation. What ensues is a funny and chaotic turn of events .
The premise is interesting
Director Deepak Sundararajan gives us a unique idea and plot that keeps the viewers engaged and interested. He puts a different spin to the horror element by creating ghosts who are actually welcoming, friendly and hardly scary. There are no jump scares, no night sequences, or any disfigured bodies, making the film surprisingly child-friendly. Most of the jokes work and add nuance to the genre. Taapsee Pannu leads front and centre here with a solid performance with Sethupathi also shining as the king Veera Sethupathi. Yogi Babu, Radhika, Sarath Kumar, Devadarshini and other prominent actors complete the ensemble cast.
The screenplay is weak
Annabelle Sethupathi could have been a lot more. With a little more complexity in screenplay and some wit in dialogue, the film could have been a true rib-tickler. The second half runs into mundane territory where, in an attempt to connect the dots, many scenes are a bit flat and unfinished. There are too many elaborate flashbacks that take away from the entertaining urgency of the events that unfold.
WATCH OR NOT
With a great star cast and a lot of entertaining moments, ‘Annabelle Sethupathi’ is a good one-time watch.