Review: Kalasa

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Film; Kalasa

Release date 15/12/2023

Moviemanthra.com.Rating 3/5

A new film Kalasa is out in theatres today and it features an ensemble cast. Check out the film’s review here.

Story:
Tanvi, a budding director with a penchant for horror films, decides to embark on a thrilling journey into the supernatural with her latest project. Seeking a producer for her envisioned masterpiece, she presents the narrative to a seasoned film producer who, intrigued but experienced, suggests a change to the climax for added impact. The storyline takes an intriguing turn when Tanvi, now in Hyderabad, visits her high-profile friend Kalasha (Sonakshi Varma). Unbeknownst to Tanvi, the eerie atmosphere of Kalasha’s house mirrors the unsettling setting of a story Tanvi had penned – a chilling coincidence that sends shivers down her spine.

As Tanvi explores the house, an unseen observer shadows her every move. Assuming it to be Kalasha’s playful sister Anlu (Roshini Kamishetti), Tanvi’s reality unravels when she discovers that both Kalasha and Anlu died two months prior. Bewildered and haunted, Tanvi learns from the maid that the house is now empty. The mysterious phone call she received becomes the central enigma, raising questions about the deaths of Kalasha and Anlu and their connection to writer Rahul (Anurag).

Review:
Intriguingly, the plot deepens with the involvement of a software developer, Manasa, whose murder ties into the unfolding mysteries. Suspended CI Karthikeya (Ravivarma) clandestinely investigates these interconnected deaths. The film builds suspense around Tanvi’s collaboration with Karthikeya, culminating in a climax that promises to leave the audience on the edge of their seats.

The movie, rooted in psychological thriller and horror, skillfully blends a new narrative with elements of suspense and comedy. In the first half, the emphasis on comedy, especially the scenes featuring Rachcha Ravi and Bhanushree, adds a layer of entertainment. Emotional moments between Constable Narayana and his daughter provide depth.

However, the movie truly takes flight in the second half, delving into the unexpected background of Kalasha and the circumstances surrounding the sisters’ deaths. Karthikeya’s investigation introduces familiar yet thrilling twists, leading to an impressive climax.

The film, despite some lapses in storytelling in the first half, is likely to resonate well with horror enthusiasts. Bhanushree’s return to the limelight with a compelling role and Sonakshi Varma’s convincing portrayal of the title character contribute to the film’s appeal. Roshini Kamishetti, Ravi Varma, and the supporting cast deliver performances in line with the film’s narrative requirements.

Technical Aspects:
Technically, the movie holds up well, with Vijay Kurakula’s background music effectively enhancing the horror elements. Cinematography by Venkat Gangadhari captures the essence of the story, providing visual intrigue.

“Kalasha,” a production venture by Rajeshwari Chandraja, marks a promising entry into the film industry. Despite being a first-time producer, Chandraja’s commitment to the project is evident in the rich production values that elevate the film’s overall impact.

Plus Points:
Performances
Dialogues
Direction
Production Values

Minus Points:
Few boring scenes

Verdict:
In conclusion, “Kalasha” promises a gripping experience for horror aficionados, blending supernatural elements with a compelling storyline and commendable performances from the cast. The film’s ability to balance suspense, horror, and emotional depth makes it a noteworthy addition to the genre. As audiences step into the theaters to witness the unraveling of mysteries in “Kalasha,” they are sure to be captivated by the eerie tale crafted by Tanvi and brought to life by the talented ensemble cast.

Punchline: A gripping horror thriller