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Akam - Movie Review

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Updated: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:12 [IST]

Shalini Usha Nair's Malayalam movie Akam, which was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2011, has finally seen daylight today. Actor Fahad Fazil had completed this movie before he released his recent 10 movies. Although it has nothing much to boast about, the movie will do well at the Box Office counters due to the star power of the actor.

Akam is a suspense thriller. It is an adaptation of Malayattoor Ramakrishnan's famous novel Yakshi, which has already been brought to the big screen by director KS Sethumadhavan with Sathyan and Sharada playing the lead roles. When compared to the first adaptation, the latest one looks quite poor and nowhere near to it.

Fahad Fazil and Anumol's fantastic performance is the main highlight in the movie. Shalini Usha's interesting screenplay, Deepak-Murari's superb music and background, Christopher John Smith's brilliant cinematography, costumes, makeup and lighting are main highlights of the movie. But at times, the movie may bore the viewers in some places due to its slow and dragging narration.

Akam is the directorial debut of Shalini Usha Nair and she has taken challenging step by adapting Yakshi onto big screen. Although the movie does not bear the kind of quality that existed in KS Sethumadhavan's version, she should be applauded for the kind of work she has done in her first film. With her arresting narration, she is successful in making the audience sit on the edge of the seat and watch the movie.

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Akam - Movie Review

Sreenivasan aka Srini (Fahad Fazil) is a young architect, who is in love with Tara. But Tara dies in an accident and he is left with scars on his face. When he was losing his confidence and leading a secluded life, the beautiful lady Ragini enters his life. Ragini gives him a new life by marrying him. But after marriage, Srini doubts her true identity and he starts suspecting her to be a Yakshi (demon). What happens next will form the crux of Akam.

Akam - Movie Review

Fahad Fazil and Anumol have given their best performance in the movie Akam. But when compared to that of Sathyan and Sharada in the previous version of Yakshi, it does not look up to the mark.

Akam - Movie Review

Deepak Raghu and Murari Vasudevan's music is the main highlight in the technical front. Their soundtracks are melodious and soothing. Their background score obviously elevates many emotional and horror scenes. Christopher John Smith's camera work is also brilliant and helps the director to depict her mind on screen.

Akam - Movie Review

Overall, Akam is a good experiment by debutant director Shalini Usha Nair and it has all sound production values to make you feel that you are watching horror movie. If you have not watched KS Sethumadhavan's version of Yakshi, don't miss to watch this movie.

Akam - Movie Review

Producer: Box Office Cinema
Director: Shalini Usha Nair
Cast: Fahad Fazil, Anumol
Music: Deepak Raghu and Murari Vasudevan
Cinematographer: Christopher John Smith
Release date: April 26, 2013

Topics: malayalam reviews, akam, fahad fazil, anumol, shalini usha nair
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Story first published:  Friday, April 26, 2013, 17:13 [IST]
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