Airaa Review: A dull horror-revenge drama
After impressing the audience with his short films such as Lakshmi and Maa, director Sarjun KM‘s second feature after Echarikai, is Airaa. During the promotions of the film, Airaa promised to be a horror movie with Nayanthara playing dual roles in it. The film features superb background score by KS Sundaramurthy, it is also shot and edited very well. Given that this is a horror film. these elements elevate the film’s theme. However, the film’s writing isn’t strong or gripping. It has a few strong points but falters to keep you hooked.
The film’s story revolves around Yamuna (Nayanthara) who decides to go to her grandmother’s house in Pollachi, only to realize the presence of something unusual and supernatural. On a parallel story, murders take place in Chennai. The film explores the connection with the two stories.
Airaa decides to introduce us to the Butterfly effect which is quite a unique addition to the horror film. It keeps you hooked and keeps you guessing to know what happens next. The clues that lead us to the mystery are a gripping aspect of the film. But just when you think the film has potential, it loses grip. The film decides to become serious in its approach and melodramatic at the same time. While Nayanthara delivers a good performance, it seems a tad bit repetitive. Apart from her decision to star in dual roles, one would expect her to do more in the film. The writers could have written a more intense and tight plot that could have had more interesting elements. Its the usual ghost-revenge saga and it holds your attention to an extent, but it could have been a lot better. Yogi Babu’s role isn’t all that interesting.
If you are a fan of Nayanthara, then this movie is for you.