Few years in the making Meera Jaakirathai is a horror-thriller crafted in the conventional way. The film would have largely gone unnoticed, but for the controversy that dogged it. A story of a woman wronged and her restless spirit’s vendetta against the perpetrators forms the plot.
The film opens on a bridge where frequent accidents and deaths happen. The people of the area believe its haunted and avoid taking the route.
A student researching on paranormal activities decides to use it as his theme of research. It’s when he questions the people around, particularly a mad tramp that bits and pieces of the puzzle fall in place. The thumping background score has an ear-splitting effect. The camera movements are gimmicky, spanning over dark spaces, not always clear as to what exactly is happening.
Finally it comes down to an oft heard story. Of the revenge of a woman (Monica suitably fitting in) gang raped and killed by rowdy elements. Simha whose fortune has risen since he signed the film years ago, plays one of the villains. The rest except Monica are freshers struggling to emote. The lead pair having look-alike in the plot is a distracting scenario and not really warranted here.
What is appreciable is the effort the first-time director has put in. And also, that he has managed to capsule the whole plot in less than two hours of viewing time. At its best a stepping stone for a debutant maker, the film ends with the caption ‘Will still hunt on-part2.