Thrillers, without a plagiarized plot, are a rare thing in Tamil movies. Also rare are the thrillers that makes you play the guessing game. In a season, where top-billed actors' movies (from Saguni to Maatran) are falling for the below-average category, here is a movie that keeps us entertained, without insulting our intelligence. Karthik Subburaj's feature-film debut "Pizza" creates dread and suspense in our minds, and is neatly packaged with a good lean cast, taut screenplay, deft camera work, and a terrific background score.
Karthik Subburaj has made numerous short films, which received wide appreciation in the Internet. Setting about to do a full-length movie is not a simple task, even for a short-film maker, but Karthik delivered the goods. Pizza has a simple story with an interesting screenplay. It urges viewers and critics alike, not to spoil the movie by giving the distinct structure of the plot.
Michael (Vijay Sethupathy) works as a pizza delivery boy and has a live-in relationship with his girlfriend Anu (Ramya Nambisan), who is a aspiring horror-novelist and an avid reader of ghost stories. There is no usual dose of sentiment here, by introducing us their families, because they both have grown up in a orphanage. Michael doesn't believe in the presence of paranormal and a bit afraid of it too. In the meantime, unexpected pregnancy of Anu forces Michael to marry her. Up to this point, the movie moves a bit slow takes some time to set up the characters.
The movie shifts to top-gear, when Michael is asked to do a home delivery to a posh, mysterious bungalow. Michael is stuck inside the house and encounters some paranormal creatures. The second-half unfolds in a different manner and keeps you guessing the various possibilities of a twist. Revealing more about the character and plot, might spoil the interest, so it's best leave it at this.
Vijay Sethupathy (who recently did the role of villain in 'Sundarapandian) has a great field day as Michael. A character in a horror movie needs to convey fear in a believable manner. Vijay's dread and the occasional outbursts of courage are perfect for such an character. Ramya Nambisan as Anu plays her part effectively, looks endearing as well as cunning.
Other important ingredients for a horror/thriller movie are cinematography and background score. Be it the romantic sequences, at the start, or the fearful haunting house sequence, cinematographer Gopi Amarnath frames it all in an efficient manner. Santosh Narayanan's music score seems to be an integral part of the movie. His background score is one of the high points of this splendid movie. Paul John's editing plays its part in increasing our anxiety.
Director Karthik Suburaj has made a huge impression by producing a gripping story. He has really made us think that, it's going to be another psychological horror inspired from Hollywood, but has delivered an entirely different movie. The lean cast and its intentions are executed in a exalted manner. Even though there are some minor plot holes, Karthik doesn't give you the time to ponder on those things (at least when you are watching the movie) Producer C V Kumar (Who also brought "Attakathi") deserves huge credit for coming up with this quality product. Some might say, 'Pizza' is influenced by Hollywood horror classics like 'The Shinning' or 'The Sixth Sense.' If you consider 'haunted house' and the 'ghost-seeing experience' as a inspiration , then there are some hundreds of movies with this plot structure, even before the inception of these classics.
Pizza is progressive film-making at its best, and highly entertaining with a well thought-out plot. It's a movie experience that should be savored by watching it in a theater.
Short Films of Karthik Subburaj - Youtube