Publication date : December 22, 2022
Rating 123telugu.com: 2.5/5
Starring: Nayanthara, Anupam Kher, Sathyaraj, Vinay, Nafisa Haniya
Director: Ashwin Saravanan
Producer: Vignesh Shivan
Music director: Prithvi Chandrasekhar
Cinematography: Manikantan Krishnamachary
Editor: Richard Kevin
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Nayanthara is back with another female-centric movie of hers called Connect. The horror thriller is directed by Ashwin Saravanan and released today in Telugu. Let’s see what it’s like.
Susan (Nayanthara) loses her husband (Vinai Rai) to Covid. This upsets everyone and especially Susan’s daughter Anna is very affected by it. She tries to talk to her father’s ghost with the help of an outside force. But in a tragic turn of events, an unknown spirit invades her and wreaks havoc on the family. How will a helpless Susan handle this situation? Whose help does she take is the story of the film.
The basic aesthetic of the film is well done. Although the film takes place in only two rooms, it is well lit and creates a tense atmosphere for the audience. The climax part is well handled and the scenes in which the spirit leaves the body are well portrayed. The girl who played Anna was good in her key role.
Anupam Kher as the priest gives depth to the film with his performance. Vinay Rai was okay in his small role. Satyaraj is neat but he hammers a lot in the later part of the movie. Nayanthara has done a decent job in the film. There is nothing great for her to show her talent, yet the movie is only watched by her.
Vignesh Shivan produced the film and it is hard to understand what novelty he found in the storyline. An evil spirit entering a girl’s body and a priest coming to help her have been on display from her childhood.
The movie has so many logical problems. Why the girl decides to talk to her father’s ghost, whose spirit actually enters her body, and what the backstory is, is not well explained in the film. It’s more or less like a short film expanded into one.
Emotionally, there isn’t much depth to the relationships. The mother feeling tense because her daughter is going through hell has not been shown well. Apart from a few sensations, there is nothing new that the film shows.
Since the film was only shot in two rooms, the camera work had to be top notch and it is. The BGM could have been more effective. The Telugu dubbing is fine as are the production values.
When he came to the director Ashwin Saravanan, his last movie Game Over was quite good, but with this movie, he chose a subject, added a star like Nayanthara, made an hour and a half movie and sold it to the public who don’t buy his vision.
In general, thrillers keep you hooked to know the thrill behind the ghost. But nothing of the sort happens here. It’s an ordinary thread run in an unattractive manner. Ashwin divides the days of quarantine, each showing tension. But so many panic scenes are cut off halfway through to annoy the audience.
Overall, Nayanthara’s Connect is a poorly made horror thriller that has nothing new to offer. The climax is good and Nayanthara helps the audience sit through. But the rest of the plot, narration, and suspense are unappealing, making this movie a bland viewing this weekend.
Rating 123telugu.com: 2.5/5
Reviewed by the 123telugu team
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