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Pretham Movie Review: Not A White Saree Clad Ghost Story!

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Pretham is the horror comedy movie written and directed by Ranjith Sankar, with Jayasurya in the central role. The movie is produced by the banner Dreams N Beyond.

Pretham Story

Priyalal, Denny Kokken, and Shibu Majeed, the three college friends decide to have a reunion and come together for a fun-filled vacation. But they experience some unusual incidents during their holiday.

Meet the cast and crew of Pretham here....

Jayasurya As John Don Bosco

Jayasurya plays John Don Bosco, a multi-faceted talent. He is a mentalist, magician, and parapsychologist, who comes to help the three youngsters. The actor is receiving rave reviews for his power packed performance.

Shruthi As Ghost

Shruthi Ramakrishnan, the Njaan fame actress plays the titular character Pretham in the movie. Her character is not the typical white saree clad ghost, but has several layers to it.

Aju, Padmasoorya, And Sharafudeen As Danny, Shibu, And Priyalal

Aju Varghese, Govind Padmasoorya, and Sharafudeen essay the Danny, Shibu, and Priyalal, the three best friends who decide to start a resort chain. The trio is receiving wide appreciations for exceptional comic timing.

Pearle Maaney as Suhan Nisa

Pearle Maaney, the popular TV anchor cum actress plays Suhan Nisa, a bold, modern girl in the movie. She has played her part to near perfection.

Script & Direction: Ranjith Sankar

The movie is written and directed by Ranjith Sankar, the writer of the first ever horror TV serial of Malayalam industry. He has succeeded in depicting a different ghost story with the right entertainment factors.

Production Banner: Dreams N Beyond

The movie is produced by Dreams N Beyond, the production banner of lead actor Jayasurya and director Ranjith Sankar. The duo have earlier produced Punyalan Agarbatis and Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam, together.

The trio seeks the help of a priest, who introduces them to John Don Bosco, a mentalist. John's entry totally changes the situation and turns their lives upside down. The movie depicts how the mentalist influences the trio's life.

Cast & Performance

Jayasurya has played John Don Bosco to near perfection. He has portrayed the different role with atmost balance and surely deserves a special applause.

Aju Varghese-Govind Padmasoorya-Sharafudeen trio steals the show with their exceptional comic timing. The rest of the star cast, including Shruthi Ramakrishnan, Harish Perady, Pearle Maaney, Vijay Babu, Dharmajan, etc. are good in their respective roles.

Script & Direction

Writer-director Ranjith Sankar has succeeded in making the movie, especially the first half, a totally entertaining experience with some great comical elements and a touch of mystery. The dialogues are well-written.

The director has presented something very different from the so-called cliched 'yakshi' stories of Malayalam cinema, which is commendable. But the major twist and mystery element lack crispiness, which fails to make the second half convincing.

Technical Aspects

Jithu Damodar's excellent visualisation is the soul of the movie, which is bounded by mystery. Sajan Vasudev's perfect editing makes the movie a crispy watch.


Anand Madhusoodanan's songs are okay. But the musician has done a commendable job with the exceptional background score, which weaves a perfect atmosphere for a horror flick.


One of the most unique horror flicks made in Mollywood. A perfect entertainer for the season, despite minimal flaws.

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