Of late, Kollywood has been flooded with a string of horror flicks and the latest to join the list is Pa Vijay's Strawberry. Continue reading our movie review to know if this ghastly film has something new to offer.
Like any other horror movie, the core plot or objective of this
movie is revenge. But as the movie takes us deeper, it makes us
realize that it strives to put forward a serious social issue;
safety of school going kids.
Based on a real life incident, Strawberry talks about
the plight of a father and mother (played by Samuthirakani and
Devayani) who lose their child, played by Yuvina Parthavi, due to
negligence of a responsible organization like a school.
Pa Vijay plays a taxi driver who experiences paranormal
activities and is informed that a spirit wants to communicate with
him. The answer to a certain question; what does the spirit wants
from him forms the crux of this story.
Outstanding performances comes from Samuthirakani and Devayani
who have delivered powerful acts, showcasing the struggles faced by
parents of school going toddlers.
While Joe Malluri has done his part well, Thambi Ramaiah, Robo
Shankar and Imman Annachi have managed to evoke laughter whenever
they appear on screen.
Pa Vijay looks largely unconvincing as a hero and the film's
female lead, played by Avani Modi, gets yet another clichéd Tamil
heroine role. But the real problem is, the girl can hardly
Special mention goes to the movie's cinematographer MaaraVarman
as his angles are unusually fresh for a horror subject. Music
director Taj Noor's background score fails to induce fear.
While the movie has a hard hitting message, its execution is
nothing more than just passable. Screenplay too gets wayward at
places but manages to keep its viewers hooked at many.
Cliched scenes that aims to induce fear appears as if it has
been inserted forcefully just to justify the film's genre. But the
major drawback of this movie is its graphics which is just not up
to the mark.
Strawberry is a decent horror flick which could've been
executed in a much better way. But it surely accomplishes in
highlighting a common social issue, the hard way.
Check out the slides below to know more about the movie
with some interesting stills:
Pa Vijay The Director
Pa Vijay, apart from taking up acting responsibilities, has also
produced and directed the movie. This is the first time the famed
lyricist has tried his hand at direction.
The little girl who was seen in Ajith's Veeram, has
done a commendable job in Strawberry. She is that one ghost which
can be adored.
Samuthirakani is fast becoming one of the most dependable
character artist of Tamil cinema.
The newcomer has played a researcher in the movie. But her
screen space is limited.
Thambi Ramaiah & Robo Shankar
Though the comedians have little to do in the movie, they have
however, managed to evoke laughter.
Box Office Success?
With too many movies releasing the following week, the box
office success of Strawberry looks fragile at the