Decent thriller with no wow moments.
“U” Certified 121.51 minutes.
What is “Badram” about?
Bhadram is a classic detective thriller of the Hollywood variety involving its typical elements. Venu (Ashok Chelvan) is hired as a detective by a company and is asked to collect complete information about few people as assignment. One by one all the people whom he had tracked die under mysterious circumstances. Are all the deaths related and if they are what is the motive behind them is what the film is all about.
How is Ashok Selvan performance?
Ashok Selvan is nice choice for the part but he seems to lack the fluidity required for the role. At times he appears way too stiff. There is nothing much emotional to do so even he gets a pass there as well. He just has to put a confident looking act and he does that well.
What about Ramesh’s direction?
Direction by Ramesh is very assured one. He narrates the story in an interesting manner and manages to keep the suspense up till the last moment. The problem is while the suspense is maintained there is not much tension in the narrative. Even the ultimate revelation isn’t something that makes one go wow. Its nice and one feels ‘okay-fine’ kind of emotions at the end which is probably the best that could have been expected from the given story.
Janani Iyer and other artists performance?
Janani Iyer has a good noticeable role till about three forth of the film but after that she is completely out of the focus. There is nothing much given for her to act even though a sizeable portions revolves around her. Among the rest Jayaprakash once again creates an impact even though he comes late into the picture. Jayakumar and Pradeep Nair although integral to the proceedings do nothing acting wise. Kaali playing the friend to hero is decent as well.
How is Music, Songs and other departments?
Music by Nivas is decent. it’s the background score that helps in elevating the suspense in the narrative. It has been beautifully used in few sequences and creates the right impact. Editing is very good and helps keeps the narrative crisp, it is abrupt in few places though. Cinematography is decent but given the subject they could have done much more.
Ultimate suspense is okay type.
What about the box office performance of the film?
The film has been promoted very well but the openings aren’t in the range one would expect them to be. It is a decent film at best and has heavy competition to deal with right now and has biggies ahead. The film might not have enough time to build if it doesn’t pick up immediately which means it could be a losing preposition in the end.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?