Verdict: An intriguing Horror – Comedy combo to catch this weekend.
Pretham is a horror-comedy directed by Ranjith Sankar who has joined hands with Jayasurya for the third time after their super hit movies like Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Punyalan Agarbathis. Pretham is one of the few Malayalam movies that has had a nationwide release on the opening day, thanks to the support of Ranjith and Jayasurya who bankrolled the movie under their home production Dreams N Beyond. Pretham hit the screens on the same day IDI, with Jayasurya again playing the lead. Pretham was one of the highly anticipated movies this month, ever since the trailer was launched.
Pretham which is the literal Malayalam translation of the word ghost, has been shot in beautiful locations of Kerala. It begins with three college friends Denny Kokken (Aju Varghese), Shibu Majeed (Govind Padmasoorya) and Priyalal (Sharafudeen), who reunite after 12 years of leaving their jobs and investing into a resort, which was built on a land destroyed by the Tsunami. It is all fun and enjoyment at first but soon their lives are turned upside down by a ghost. With John Don Bosco's entry (played by Jayasurya), the movie takes a serious turn. The ghost is in search of many unanswered questions and John Don Bosco, the mentalist, searches for these answers. John Don Bosco likes to think of ghosts as thoughts. One of Jayasurya's lines from the film goes like this, "If you believe in God, believe in this too." What answers the ghost is searching for remains a mystery till the second half.
Jayasurya, a versatile actor, plays the role of a mentalist with ease and has also experimented with his look. His screen presence is commendable. Aju Varghese, the actor who is known for his amazing comic timing, was seen playing a more serious role. Sharafudeen who is known for his funny character in Premam did a great job as Priyalal. However, Govind Padmasoorya who played the role of Shibu, the Zumba instructor, seems a bit lost and was not upto the mark. Playing the role of Yeshu, the resort help, Dharmajan Bolgatty did a fantastic job with his comic timings and his questions were funny but at the same time thought provoking. Hareesh Peradi as a priest did a decent job and Pearle Maaney who played the role of Suhanisa a Zumba student did not have a major role which was a bit disappointing. Director and writer Ranjith Sankar did a good job with the movie. The movie has only one song at the beginning, which was quite different for a Malayalam movie, which are known for their numerous songs.
Why Should You Watch This Movie:
Malayalam film industry has had horror movies before but Pretham has a contemporary twist to it. Pretham is a mix of horror and comedy with a very interesting plot, which will keep you glued to your seat. If you want to have a good laugh and want to see Jayasurya doing a fabulous job with a very interesting look, go for it this long weekend.
– By Stacey Prince