Shalini Usha Nair's Malayalam movie Akam, which was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2011, has finally seen daylight today. Actor Fahadh Faassil had completed this movie before he released his recent 10 movies. Although is has nothing much to boast about, the movie will do well at the Box Office counters due to the star power of the actor.
Akam is a suspense thriller. It is an adaptation of Malayattoor Ramakrishnan's famous novel Yakshi, which has already been brought to the big screen by director K S Sethumadhavan with Sathyan and Sharada playing the lead roles. When compared to the first adaptation, the latest one looks quite poor and nowhere near to it.
Fahadh Faassil and Anumol's fantastic performance is the main highlight in the movie. Shalini Usha's interesting screenplay, Deepak-Murari's superb music and background, Christopher John Smith's brilliant cinematography, costumes, makeup and lighting are main highlights of the movie. But at times, the movie may bore the viewers in some places due to its slow and dragging narration.
Akam is the directorial debut of Shalini Usha Nair and she has taken challenging step by adapting Yakshi onto big screen. Although the movie does not bear the kind of quality that existed KS Sethumadhavan's version, she should be applauded for the kind of work she has done in her first film. With her arresting narration, she is successful in making the audience sit on the edge of the seat watch the film biting their nails. Sreenivasan a.k.a Srini (Fahadh Faassil) is a young architect, who is in love with Tara. But Tara dies in an accident and he is left with scars on his face. A beautiful lady named Ragini enters his life, when he losing his confidence and leading a secluded life. It is at this time the beautiful lady Ragini enters his life. Ragini accepts give him a new life by marrying him. But after marriage, Srini doubts her true identity and he starts suspecting her to be a Yakshi (demon). What happens next will form the crux of the of Akam. Fahadh Faasil and Anumol have given their best performance in the movie Akam. But when compared to that of Sathyan and Sharada in the previous version of Yakshi, it looks not upto the maker. Deepak Raghu and Murari Vasudevan's music is the main highlight in the technical front. Their soundtracks are melodious and soothing. Their background score obviously elevates many emotional and horror scenes. Christopher John Smith's camera work is also brilliant and helps the director to depict her mind on screen. Overall, Akam is a good experiment by debutant director Shalini Usha Nair and it has all sound production values to make you that you are watching horror movie. If you have not watched KS Sethumadhavan's version of Yakshi, don't miss it to see this movie. Producer: Box Office Cinema Director: Shalini Usha Nair Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Anumol Music: Deepak Raghu and Murari Vasudevan Cinematographer: Christopher John Smith Release date: April 26, 2013.