@DemonteColony – Movie Review

150.Demonte Colony - Movie Review

Ajay Gnanamuthu, a former assistant of AR Murgadoss announced in 2014 about his debut film will featuring Arulnithi in the lead role. As like most of his films, Arulnithi’s father has produced this film too. THENANDAL FILMS which is distributing almost all the Horror films in Tamil has released this film too. Being a film that is based on a true area at Chennai that is rumoured much of ghosts existence, the film has got good expectations. The movie has been given a clean U/A certificate.

Srinivasan (Arulnithi), Raghavan (Sananth), Vimal (Ramesh Thilak) and Sajith are four friends who struggle to settle in life and to lead a comfortable life. After a night of drinking, the four friends are stranded due to rain. When one of them suggests to do something thrilling, another friend, an aspiring director, suggests to check out a haunted bungalow in the Demonte Colony, Alwarpet. The other two even though reluctant are pulled into joining. Only later after seeing the consequences do all of them realize that they have fallen in a trap themselves. What happens then forms the crux.

In an industry where the genre ‘horror’ has become so irksome that films are made with nothing called LOGIC, ghosts speaking punch dialogues and heroines haunted by ghosts going on with glamour skin-shows (2 such films went onto become SUPER HIT in 2014 and 2015). Ajay Gnanamuthu​ must be appreciated for being so uncompromising that his film didn’t even have a heroine or love track. It is not at all an easy job to give an interesting quality entertainer with 90% of the film happeneing inside a house and with just 4 actors (3, I should say!) Ajay has given some unforced dark humour till the end, which has great response among audience.

The film had some uninteresting moments initially, but once things were set, Demonte Colony​ was engaging all-through. The entire run-time is less than 2 hours, which is a plus point. After the flashback of  #Demonte and the spine-chilling interval block, the audience were left with high expectations for the second half. Despite being sluggish at places, the second half had gripping moments with some breath-taking twists. Only the climax looked too abrupt and unconvincing.

Arulnithi​’s acting looked amateur and too casual at places, but still it was his acting and the 3 other protagonists’ acting in second half increased the eerie feel so much. Sananth​ who is much popular in the short film industry has given a very impressive debut with a subtle performance; this man who has got a decent fan following for his performances in short films, will be seen in many upcoming feature films, for sure. Ramesh Thilak has done a phenomenal job; he does take care of the relief portion and also does not fail to invoke fear in us by his expressions.

Aravinnd Singh​’s cinematography was the biggest plus point of the film in technical terms; it is his work which shows the film of high-standard that has 90% of the scenes inside the house. The angles and lighting were spectacular in each and every scene, whether the aerial views or the shot inside the toilet or the fan scene. Way to go, Aravinnd! BG score by #Chinna was good, whereas the songs by Keba Jeremiah were below average. Bhuvan Srinivasan’s editing is another plus point.

Despite the minuses like some unwanted / uninteresting scenes (say #Jillu) and the bar song, the film is a quality entertainer that is worth the time and money spent. People who loved films like #YaavarumNalam, #Pizza, #Pizaa2 and #Pisaasu, will enjoy it a lot.

VERDICT: An intriguing horror thriller that deserves to be enjoyed in theatre. Worth the time and money spent!

RATING – 3.5/5

Review by: Rahman

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