Pissasu: Film Review – Sympathies for a ghost? Sure, just for this one

A frame (wide-shot) that composes of two people standing in lush-green grass – a melancholic sadness that prevails in it’s characters – and the quintessential subway shot; all these factors typically mean one one thing, you’re watching a movie directed by Mysskin. This time director Mysskin plays it with an entirely new genre – horror. The film revolves around Siddharth (Naga) whose house is possessed by a supernatural force, and how he aims to get rid of it, forms the rest of the plot.
Combined with a key element of a suspense-horror, Pissasu intendeds to scare you slowly but surely. Behind this partially long horror movie, is a skillfully done comedy that tries to add a realistic tone to the film. Now the universal formula of ghost movies is simple: They will haunt you either because harmed them or to take of some unfinished business. And, the motive of the ghost in this film is a combination of both. But the ghost decides to do something different here, instead of seeking revenge, she simply protects the person who killed her. That’s when you realize that this film is not your regular horror flick, where ghosts shift their heads 360 degrees to scare you.
Here the director’s motive is to sympathize for the poor soul, you hesitate upon the idea of doing so at first, but then you realize you are really have fallen in the trap. The ghost here emotes a certain level of emotion in the scenes, for instance, she hates somebody who consumes alcohol or puffs a cigarette. This probably reveals why the film doesn’t let it seem like it’s a caricature, but a vital character in the film.
The relevance of the subway scene is probably to establish the hero as a good person. The scene where the friends feels the presence of the ghost, might just be placed to confuse the audience. But the biggest twist in the tale comes during the latter half of the film. But the film feels like it outstays its welcome with a slow screenplay, and some quirky yet weird shots.
Naga as the troubled boy plays his role with much sincerity, his voice and body language seems apt as somebody who is frightened. The music by Arrol Corelli is one of the highlights of this film.
Why should you watch this film?
Watch this film if you’re a fan of Mysskin, and if you’re a bigger fan of horror movies. But just a word of caution, be scared of the vengeful ghost.

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