Sunday, March 28, 2010

In Ghost House Inn

Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Mukesh, Asokan, Jagadeesh, Sidhiq, Nedumudi Venu, Radhika

Director : Lal

Music : Alex Paul

As happened for films like 'Aavanazhi', 'Nadodikkattu' and 'Oru CBI Diarykurippu', this time t
he 3rd part is releasing for the super hit comedy film, 'In Harihar Nagar'. The third part of the first film, 'Tharadas vs Balram' was a big flop, though there were large humorous situations in 'Akkare Akkare Akkare', it was also not a big hit, as investigation subjects have a minimum guarantee formula, 'Sethuramayar CBI' was a hit, the forth part of the film, 'Nerariyaan CBI' in the particular series which was released within a short gap from the third was not a big hit as expected.

The reason
that can provoke the creators to come up with the sequels for a hit film is simple, the popularity of the characters in the first version of the series might carry forward to their sequels also, which will help them for a minimum guarantee business. Thus, within an year of the release of its previous version of 'In Harihar Nagar' series named 'To Harihar Nagar', writer-director Lal have come up with the third part named 'In Ghost House Inn'. The long gap of 18years happened between the first and second parts have created a curiosity and eagerness while watching the 2nd part, which won't be there to that extend in the case of this third part. All the major technicians worked in the previous version has been maintained here except for the few artists and choreographers.

The film opens by showing a bungalow in an estate where three murders that happened 70years ago. In the current period, Thomaskutty (Asokan) has bought the particular big house to start a resort there. The haunted memories of the old incidents still prevails in the locality and the people calls this building as a 'ghost house'. So the owner now wants his friends Mahadevan, Appukkuttan and Govindankutty (Mukesh, Jagadeesh, Sidhiq) to stay there for a week and thus to prove that the rumors were not true. In the first day itself they all have to face some unnatural situations inside the house. As all of them succeeded in spending days there, then they decides to take their wives with them for few days. They came and at this point some unpredictable incidents happened inside the house. They seeks the help of a person (Nedumudi Venu), who is doing research works on the spirits and their existence. How they finds a solution for the happenings is told in the later portions of 'In Ghost House Inn'.

The director had tried to create humor out of horror situations here. The first half of the film goes through the different experiences faced by the four people in the house; especially the lengthy scene at the house in the first day is good. The post interval area, leading to the anti climax sequences lags here and there. Like the previous version, here also a twist is created in the climax, where the attraction of the movie lies. A series of horror based humorous situations with such a suspense in the climax is good enough to help the project to become a hit, even if this film can be placed only in the bottom of the list compared to the previous two versions.

I still can't agree the character of Jagadeesh as a dentist with such a foolishness, it can only be supported as a role to create unlimited humour. Sometimes the comedy dialogues produced by his character exceed the toleration limit. The continuity of the shots is lost in the scene where whole family members decides to leave the house in two vehicles, the scene starts at evening and it ends in night within a gap of seconds. Thomaskutty's pregnant wife dancing in the song, is unacceptable. The usage of too much of chroma shots in the traveling sequences should have been avoided. Music director Alex Paul, the culprit in the last project for doing unprofessional remixes, has not given good songs here also. In such a subject, the scope of background score will be enormous, which is also not utilized to the best way it can. Venu, the cinematographer had given colorful visuals. Editing by V.Saajan and the title graphics used here are good.

Even if there is lagging in few areas, 'In Ghost House Inn' is a horror based comedy entertainer with a good climax.

Rating : 7.5 / 10


nikhimenon said...

the movie was just average stuff for me though