Director Balaji Vairamuthu makes a promising debut with ‘Pancharaaksharam’, a film that introduces its characters quickly and picks up pace without wasting time.
It is a mix of thriller, supernatural, psychological and adventure genres and the director has succeeded in delivering the final dish with right dose of ingredients.
But for the climax portion which lacks depth and a weak villain character, ‘Pancharaaksharam’ is a novel attempt that keeps the audience engaged in most parts.
Dushyanth (Santosh Prathap) is a traveller, Sameera (Madhu Shalini) is a wannabe writer, Aidhan (Gokul) is a musician, Jeevika (Sana Althaf) is a do-gooder who is involved in philanthropic activities and Dharma (Ashwin Jeromoe) is a carefree youth who loves speed driving.
All the above meet in a party and get along well. As Dushyanth reveals them his next destination, they decide to join them. The five now start their journey.
They come across a mysterious book from the Chola era. They start a game by each of them reading out a random passage from the book. And, things written in the book happen to the respective characters.
What happens next? Are they able to escape from the challenges? What is the book all about? Is it a supernatural work or someone is operating from behind with the help of technology?
The lead actors are right choices for their respective roles and they have performed well. Yuva’s interesting visuals and KS Sundaramoorthy’s compelling score have done a world of good to the movie.
The director has given a lot of importance to the script and this has helped him much. Had only he concentrated on the pre-climax portions, the movie would have emerged a great thriller to end the year with. Even now, it is engaging and entertaining.
Rating: 3 out of 5