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A psychological thriller, the film centres around five characters, and depicts the happenings of a night in a hotel.

Published: 27th January 2014 03:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2014 03:29 PM   |  A+A-

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A psychological thriller, the film centres around five characters, and depicts the happenings of a night in a hotel. The narration moves back and forth in time, with some thrilling moments and a couple of twists. It’s a debutant director’s work, with little known actors in the cast.

An emotionally distraught Kathir (Parthy) calls up his friend Karthik (Richard) and tells him that his fiancee Isha is having an affair. He followed her to a hotel where she checked into a room. He booked a room ‘across the hall’ and was armed with a gun he had stolen from Karthik’s home. Karthik asks him not to do anything rash, and that he would come to the hotel and sort things out. It’s a cat and mouse game that follows, with poetic justice delivered when the culprit is finally caught.

The film has some thrilling moments and a couple of twists. The claustrophobic room, the colour tones, the slick cuts, and the pace all add to the feel. It has a suspenseful, exciting opening scene, where a lift door gets stuck with a trash can. Karthik in a hurry makes his entry into the hotel, takes the stairs, and is pulled in by a hand into a hotel room.

As we watch the opening scene, we get a feel of deja vu. And as the narration progresses, we realise that it’s not just that scene, but almost the entire film (almost frame to frame) that we’ve seen in the recent past. It’s like a photocopy of Unnodu Oru Naal, released just a few months back (in September).

The similarity is not surprising, since both films have taken ‘inspiration’ from the English film Across the Hall, and have stuck almost faithfully to it. Who thought of it first, only the respective makers would know. Is it naiveté, or sheer brazenness and audacity, one wonders.

The narration is non-linear. And as it switches back and forth from the present to the past, it’s not quite clear if it’s a flashback, until later. The songs are irrelevant, only helping to slacken the flow.

The plot twist in the middle of the film would offer no surprise to those who’ve seen the earlier film. One of the better moments is when Kathir peeps from the keyhole of the door to keep a watch on the goings on in the room opposite. And Isha and her lover plan to evade his eyes, and escape.

M S Bhasker plays the room boy/desk clerk, not above making some extra money. Debutant Parthy as the distraught lover makes a promising debut. The rest of the performances lack depth. The film, taking just about 100 minutes of viewing time, is for lovers of the suspense-thriller genre.


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