No matter how cynical everyone is about horror films, the genre gloriously survives. It has its own niche fan base. And when it comes to Bollywood, horror films are a spicy platter of thrill, romance and comedy (which, in most cases, is unintentional).
Debutant director Akshay Akkineni’s Pizza to a great extent is a playfully absorbing film. There is suspense, humor and yes, spooks.
Pizza begins with dream sequence, or rather the nightmare of a pizza delivery boy stuck in an elevator. Lights flicker. And then suddenly an old man appears facing the corner of the elevator. Light flickers again… darkness prevails. In a standard horror film, that would be enough. But, wait, that’s just the beginning.
Switch to reality.
The film follows the story of Kunal (Akshay Oberoi), a pizza delivery boy, and his wife- Nikita (Parvathy Omanakuttan), a struggling writer of horror novels. Kunal and Nikita are complete opposite from each other. Kunal doesn’t believe in supernatural, unlike his wife who is a passionate fan of horror films and books. It turned out to be prophetic for Kunal when Nikita said “Your moment of fear is yet to come.” Soon after, Kunal’s pizza delivery order leads him to a house where evil awaits(?).
Even though most of the spooks are archetypes of the usual Bollywood horror fare, the suspense of the plot will keep you hooked. Akshay Akkineni deftly plays with the elements of tension in the entire film. However, if you are expecting a full-fledged horror film, Pizza isn’t the one. It is a smart story with a twist, but forgets to be "properly" scary.
The film mostly focused on Akshay Oberoi, gives an excellent performance. His acting is honest and you can actually feel the anxiety and fear when he is locked up inside the mansion. Parvathy Omanakuttan is charming. Their onscreen chemistry is just too good. However, we certainly craved for some more blood-curdling moments from Dipannita Shrama and Arunoday Singh.
The music by K is impressive. It will definitely give you the feel of a horror film. Even though the 3D effect could have been better, it has enough power to scare the faint hearted.
Why should you watch the film?
Pizza is an enjoyable movie. If you are tired of the same old Bollywood fare of dance and drama, Pizza will take you on a whirlwind tour of suspense and thrill. Pizza is presented to you with a generous topping of spooks and mystery. And yes, there is a dash of comedy too. Akshay Akkineni’s Pizza leaves you craving for another slice of this haunted treat.
But it may disappoint those who, in their hearts, would still like to be genuinely scared.