Pisasu / Pisaasu (2014)
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Movie: Pissasu (U/A)
Cast: Naga, Prayaga Martin, Harish Uthaman
Direction: Mysskin
Producer: Bala
Banner: B Studios
Music: Arrol Corelli
Genre: Horror, Drama
Run Time: 114 Mins
Release Date: 19 Dec 2014

Pisasu / Pisaasu (2014)

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Directed by Mysskin, Pisaasu is a paranormal thriller film produced by director Bala under his home banner B Studios. This film stars newcomers Naga and Prayaga Martin in the lead roles alongside Harish Uthaman of Pandiya Nadu fame, Malayalam actress Kani Kusruti, and veteran actor Radha Ravi.

After proving that he is the master of unconventional thrillers with blockbusters like Anjathe and Yuddham Sei, Mysskin has turned to horror for his latest venture. Pisaasu explores the supernatural with a heartwarming tale of love, interwoven with chilling moments of terror and a generous sprinkling of humour.

Story:

The film hooks you with the very first scene as violins play sublimely in the background and there is a tragic road accident of a young girl (Prayaga).

Hero Siddharth (Naga) driving along a road when he pulls over to attend a phone call. He soon hears loud screams and rushes outside to find Prayaga lying in a pool of blood by the roadside, after a vehicle has hit her. Immediately, Siddharth rushes her to the hospital, but she passes away, holding his hand.

Terribly shaken by this incident, he leaves for his home with one of her slippers, as remembrance. Slowly, Siddharth begins feeling a supernatural presence in his house and comes to know that the girl whom he tried to save, has taken the former of a ghost and is haunting his house. Siddharth’s mother comes to visit him and she meets with an accident. Assuming that it was the ghost who was the reason for this, Siddharth tracks down her father (Radha Ravi) and seeks his help to exorcise the ghost. However, Siddharth’s mother recovers and reveals that she had met with an accident and it was the ghost who saved her life.

Meanwhile, Radha Ravi states that he is alive only to take revenge on the person who was responsible for his daughter’s death. Siddharth assures that he will take care of that person and sets about tracking him down. Who was responsible for the girl’s death? Why has she returned as a ghost, if it was not for taking revenge? What does Siddharth find out? Watch Pisaasu on the big screens to know…

5 Reviews

  1. Rediff
    7/10

    Pisaasu is a haunting tale of love. Taut screenplay, simple dialogues, excellent characterisation, admirable performances and perfect execution

    Prayaga appears as herself in just a couple of scenes, but she makes quite an impression and so does Naga. Besides the lead pair, there are several other thoughtfully etched-out characters, which make the film even more interesting.

    Mysskin has handpicked a team of top-notch technicians. Music by debutant Arrol Corelli adds depth to the narration, skillfully maintaining the poignancy of the tale. The innovative camera angles and subdued lighting unique to Mysskin have been faithfully adhered to by cinematographer Ravi Roy. Editor Gopinath ensures there is never a dull moment in the film.

    In Pisaasu, the malevolence generally attributed to evil spirits is lacking. It is totally devoid of the regular clichés associated with horror flicks.

    The violins playing continuously in the background dilute the moments of terror and create an atmosphere of deep and profound grief. Deliberately paced, with stunning music and an intriguing plot, Pisaasu is a typical, thought-provoking Mysskin film that deserves much applause.

    The taut screenplay, simple dialogues, excellent characterisation and admirable performances coupled with perfect execution, make Mysskin’s Pisaasu a must watch.

  2. Galatta
    7/10

    Pisaasu is sure to change the common perception of ghosts and the supernatural and is definitely worth a watch

    Director Mysskin has delved into the world of the paranormal and brought out a beautifully crafted story on a ghost. He has also once again proved that he is a man of detail.

    The way he has showcased the wonderful human emotions of fear and compassion, are beautiful and touching. His screenplay and narration is at its best. This film has redefined the theme of horror movies with its unique storyline.

    The art department has ensured that the scenes are authentic and have set the eerie mood perfectly.

  3. Behindwoods
    6/10

    A slightly different take on ghosts, boldly made!

    Pisaasu is a horror film as promoted, but with a novel touch. The director once again proves he is gutsy and audacious to encounter the Pisaasu from the very first frame. Ravi Roy, the cinematographer has brought the shot-divisions, camera movement and the lighting not only set the mood but also deliver the scary movements. GoPro and the trademark low-angle shots of Mysskin dramatize events and compel us to have some undivided attention on the frames.

    This Pisaasu does look ugly, but has a beauty within. Pisaasu doesn’t have glamorous heroines with flashy costumes; it doesn’t have a racy screenplay but is elegantly engaging. All the knots and the questions in our mind are untied like a gentle breeze, only at the end, and thats what works for the movie. As with every Mysskin movie, Pisaasu too is technically strong. Though there are Mysskin’s usual cliches, his satirical take on life is a delight to watch.

    Pisaasu is definitely fictional and one leaving the theatre satisfied with the story will depend on how he or she has conceptualized ghosts and to what an extent they are willing to be flexible with what they have conceived in their minds about the supernaturals. The love angle of the story, if at all there was one intended to be, is also pretty weak and unconvincing.

    Watch it with patience and open mind, perhaps it might send you back home with a smile.

  4. Indiaglitz
    6/10

    Pissasified all the way! Mysskin’s tryst with horror paves off.

    Pisasu as a supernatural flick would be a long shot, the movie captures the essence of a horror flick and shifts into an emotional drama without giving us the whim of the transition. In one word, remarkable direction! As any other Mysskin movie, the BGM and camera does wonders to the screenplay, adding rich whipping cream on the top of the story.

    The movie’s crisp editing wraps it up in 114 minutes nevertheless the first half finishes without much impact. A lot of scenes are ripped off from Hollywood movies, to quote one; the bedroom scene from Paranormal activity. Though the script has room for scary moments there isn’t much spine chilling moments.

    In all Pisasu is an emotional spooky supernatural movie from Mysskin that simply doesn’t try to scare you, but surprises your imagination with unpredictable thrills.

  5. The Hindu
    6/10

    Pisasu: Mysskin’s ghost is a Robin Hood

    Mysskin’s Pisasu, is horror film, but with a twist. The ghost in this film doesn’t represent our collective fears but our collective failures to ensure fairness in the society. The ghost interferes to change what we refer to as decadence: lying; thievery; violence against women and so on.

    Until the midpoint of the film, Mysskin packs the narrative with long sequences, nudging the audience to anticipate the grotesque image of the ghost and occasionally delivering it to the audience. He heightens the tension – in anticipation of the ghost –by manipulating the music: the shots are devoid of music until the ghost appears and hits the high notes thereafter.

    The most important takeaway from this film is this: it is still possible to make a good film with barely 10 characters and a shoestring budget if you have the will to do it.

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