Pindam Movie Review

BOTTOM LINE
Few Scares, Flat Narrative

OUR RATING
2/5

CENSOR
A, 2h 38m


Sriram-Pindam-Movie-ReviewWhat Is the Film About?

Anthony (Sriram), his wife (Kushee Ravi), and their children move into a house possessed by a ghost. Pindam revolves around how they, with the help of an exorcist Annamma (Eswari Rao), rid themselves of the evil spirit, uncovering the backstory behind it all.

Performances

Sriram plays the main lead in the film, but there isn’t much for him in the first half besides being a passive character. It’s in the second half that he gets to act in a few emotional and somewhat scary scenes. He performs adequately, but nothing impactful or memorable.

Kushee Ravi, known for her role in the movie ‘Diya’, portrays the pregnant female lead. However, due to the character’s rewritten portrayal, she has little to perform apart from being an actress in a full-fledged role from start to end.

Srinivas Avasarala’s role is forgettable; it feels more like a brief cameo.


Director-Saikiran-DaidaAnalysis

Pindam is directed and written by Saikiran Daida. He attempts to deliver a true horror film, maintaining the genre from start to finish without deviations.

The movie starts with Eswari Rao and a dog, immediately grabbing our attention. A brief flashback sets the right mood for the film.

However, when the real story begins—a flashback to 1990, with a Christian family moving into the possessed house, and children attempting to portray forced scares—the indication of what to expect becomes clear.

But for a good 45 minutes, there appears to be a lack of significant story developments or thrilling moments. Artificial scenes, such as the hero deciding to abort his wife (who already seems several months pregnant), and the disjointed rice mill track involving the hero, contribute to the film’s boredom.

The scary scene involving a kid at the well, although brief, works momentarily. Apart from this, there are hardly any impressive scenes in the entire first half. Instead, we see photos dropping from walls, chairs or doors moving — true basic things in a horror film.

Strangely, in a film taglined as the scariest ever, the interval falls quite flat.

The second half begins with Annamma (Eswari Rao) taking the lead in the story, making things more engaging and interesting. However, the major issue lies not in the buildup but in the conclusions that follow. For instance, the scene revealing the grandmother’s death offers a simplistic revelation, lacking any thrilling ideas. This is just one example.

The extremely long process of ridding the girl’s body of the spirit begins promisingly but drags on, involving a brutal bloodshed flashback episode. Disappointingly, after so much buildup, the resolution of the girl becoming free of evil is very basic and lacks the director’s creative vision.

Overall, Pindam is a sincere attempt at delivering a horror film, but it’s filled with a dull narrative and flat scenes that don’t live up to the billing as the scariest film ever.


Kushi-Pindam-Movie-ReviewPerformances by Others Actors

Pindam features a very limited supporting cast. Eswari Rao takes on the role of the exorcist, initially making an impact. However, as the movie progresses, it loses momentum due to the plot’s lack of depth. Nonetheless, she fulfills her role. Srinivas Avasarala’s part is forgettable, while the rest of the cast barely registers.


Music-Director-Krishna-Saurabh-SurampalliMusic and Other Departments?

The film features only one song, with another towards the end, but both songs are forgettable the moment they end. The BGM initially sets an eerie atmosphere but loses impact as the movie progresses. Sathish Manoharan’s camerawork is adequate, considering the majority of the plot unfolds in a single house. However, the editing could have been sharper for a genre film like Pindam. Even though there is limited CG work used in the film, it is neither bad nor impressive.


Highlights?

Opening

Few scares

Drawbacks?

Tedious narrative

Excessive buildup, flat conclusions

Bland interval, dull climax

Forced and farcical scenes


Did I Enjoy It?

No

Will You Recommend It?

No

Pindam Movie Review by M9

Final Report:

Pindam attempts to be a genuine horror film, but the narrative is rather dull, with few scares and only a handful of interesting scenes.

First Half Report:

First half of Pindam offers little except for an intriguing start and a few scattered scares in between. The interval bang is rather plain as well.

— Pindam show started right in the horror genre. The initial scenes set the mood for the eerie atmosphere. Stay tuned for the report.

Cast: Srikanth Sriram, Kushee Ravi, Eswari Rao, Srinivas Avasarala, Ravi Varma, Manik Reddy, Baby Chaitra, Baby Leisha, Vijayalakshmi, Srilatha & others

Written & Directed by Saikiran Daida

Story: Saikiran Daida, Kavi Siddhartha & Toby Osborne
Produced by Yeshwanth Daggumati
Co-Producer: Prabu Raja (Dallas, Texas)

Banner: Kalaahi Media

Director of Photography: Sathish Manoharan
Music: Krishna Saurabh Surampalli
Editor: Sirish Prasad

U.S. Distributor: Cognier Cine Creations