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Antakshari Movie Review: Slow-Paced Thriller That Shines Occasionally


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By Ch Sowmya Sruthi

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Rating:


3.0
/5


Star
Cast:


Director:


Star
Cast:

Saiju
Kurup,
Vijay
Babu,
Binu
Pappu,
Sudhi
Koppa,
Priyanka
Nair,
Sabareesh
Varma,
Kottayam
Ramesh,
Jenny
Pallath


Director:

Vipin
Das

Antakshari
is
a
joyful
game
of
songs
everyone
has
played
at
least
once
in
their
lifetime.
In
this
SonyLiv
movie

Antakshari
,
the
game
is
of
both
the
main
lead,
a
cop,
and
the
antagonist,
a
traumatized
child-turned-psycho.
The
film
touches
upon
several
anti-social
elements
and
emotions
which
are
connected
to
a
Royal
Enfield,
unlike
any
other
thrillers
Mollywood
has
produced.

Antakshari


What’s
Yay:

Performances
of
the
cast
A
few
scenes
Background
score
Story
Runtime


What’s
Nay:

Slow
narration
Several
Subplots
Sloppy
screenplay


Plot

The
story
takes
place
in
Kedaram
Police
Station
jurisdiction
where
Circle
Inspector
Das
is
a
fan
of
the
game

Antakshari
.
He
is
shown
as
a
happy-go-lucky
cop
who
leads
a
peaceful
life
with
his
wife
and
only
daughter.
One
day,
a
psychopath
attacks
his
daughter
in
broad
daylight
in
front
of
his
wife,
almost
strangling
her
to
death.
How
the
cop
connects
the
dots
to
the
mysterious
man
and
his
history
is
what
forms
the
crux
of

Antakshari
.


Script
&
Direction

The
story
of

Antakshari

has
a
good
potential
to
become
an
engrossing
psycho-thriller
subject
given
the
right
treatment.
However,
the
director
failed
to
pack
a
punch
with
this
subject
albeit
with
a
few
chilling
scenes
sewn
here
and
there
in
the
story.
The
director
has
touched
upon
a
few
issues
like
child
molestation,
poor-privileged
discrimination
and
man-woman
exploitation
while
designing
Ananthan’s
character,
giving
the
viewers
an
idea
of
the
antagonist’s
childhood.
The
movie
shines
in
a
few
aspects
with
strong,
thrilling
scenes.


Performances

The
entire
cast
lived
through
their
roles
and
credit
goes
to
the
filmmaker
who
set
the
tone
for
the
same.
Artists
who
appeared
for
a
minimal
runtime
too
have
performed
naturally
within
their
scope.
The
climax
scenes
are
emotional.
Both
actors
who
were
the
protagonist
(Das)
and
antagonist
(Ananthan),
delivered
an
interesting
episode
during
the
final
face-off.


Technical
Aspects

The
film’s
cinematography
blends
in
right
with
the
narrative.
The
visuals
compliment
the
movie’s
theme
and
tone.
The
sound
designer’s
job
is
commendable.

Antakshari


Music

The
music
rendered
by
Ankit
Menon
stands
out.
The
background
score
of
the
film
is
contrasting
for
a
thriller
but
there’s
nothing
to
complain
about.
For

Antakshari,

that
is
where
the
beauty
lies.

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Verdict

The
film
however
has
several
loose
ends
and
characters
that
weren’t
necessary.
There
were
many
subplots
that
are
left
unaddressed-
be
it
the
goon
who
smuggles
Cannabis
or
the
girl
who
plays
dumb,
the
aspiring
young
guitarist,
his
mother
and
her
second
husband
for
example.
Trimming
a
few
scenes,
a
racy
narration
would
have
made

Antakshari

a
hit
song.
Watch
if
you
are
a
fan
of
Malayalam
thrillers
for
you
don’t
want
to
miss
out
on
a
few
aspects
of
this
film.

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