Petromax movie review: A ‘horror-comedy’ of errors


Written by S Subhakeerthana
| Chennai |

Published: October 11, 2019 9:18:55 pm

Petromax film assessment: This Tamannaah starrer appears to be confused about its well-liked notion as a horror-comedy.

Petromax film forged: Tamannaah, Munishkanth Ramdoss, Prem
Petromax film director: Rohin Venkatesan
Petromax film ranking: 1 star

Self-closing doorways. A abandoned bungalow. Uncomfortable silence. Darkness. Spooky music. Crawly issues. Petromax has all of those, but, nothing frightens you. A fast Google search says horror is likely one of the demanding genres within the Hollywood movie trade. But one way or the other, when horror movies are ‘localised’, or made down south, they develop into cliched, awfully predictable and lack every little thing that an efficient horror movie has. Usually, the template is to take one thing not all that scary (it may be a doll, a baby) and make it right into a feared object. Only human beings are proven afraid of ghosts, proper? In Petromax, it’s vice-versa. Ghosts are afraid of human beings. Now, you’ll be able to assume how the story travels.

Petromax, the remake of Anando Brahma (which I haven’t watched), has Tamannaah reprising the function, performed by Taapsee Pannu. Ideally, the story ought to revolve round Tamannaah’s character, however she’s barely seen. We get a glimpse into the lives of males – the supporting characters – performed by Munishkanth Ramdoss, Kaali Venkat, Sathyan and TSK. They desperately want cash. So they stay on this desolate home for 4 days. Though these male characters are etched out engagingly, the output isn’t pretty much as good as we anticipated.

One of them has evening blindness and performs the flute when he’s scared, the opposite is a Tamil cinema fanatic to an extent that he ‘counters’ ghosts with senseless punch dialogues from Anniyan, Singam and Saravana Stores’ commercial. Kaali Venkat’s character is a drunkard. What occurs when they’re pitted towards completely different circumstances, type the remainder of the story.

Simply put, the premise is, people are dreadful than ghosts. Had Rohin Venkatesan approached the script with some attention-grabbing writing, Petromax may have been the movie he conceived. Alas, it’s a crushing disappointment. As a filmmaker, he ought to have set the appropriate tone for issues to fall into place. The writing falls flat and bland, regardless of having a bunch of males, who’re good at humour. Tamannaah’s function will get misplaced within the mayhem.

Petromax appears to be confused about its well-liked notion as a horror-comedy. The so-called ‘situational comedy tracks’ fail to mix with the plot. The end result: an absolute mess. For one thing that’s being billed a horror-comedy, there’s little or no horror or comedy. Directors, typically, write scripts having characters in thoughts. But, in Petromax, the characters conveniently behave at their will.

This Anabelle-like youngster character runs right here and there and does ‘funny’ issues beneath the pretext of inducing worry. Whereas, it’s solely laughter. Petromax needs to do extra than simply make you chuckle, scream. It needs to inform a message, and that’s the place the issue begins. Rohin Venkatesan doesn’t need a lot to scare us. And, you’ve bought characters doing precisely what you don’t need them to do. Also, that is for individuals who don’t notably take care of the horror style.

No ‘horror’ movie is full with out Tamil cinema’s favorite, Yogi Babu. He does a cameo look, which may have been averted. Because it provides nothing to the story. His character’s existence is irrelevant just like the ghost itself.

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