Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: PIZZA

Cast: Akshay Oberoi (Kunal), Parvathy Omanakuttan, Dipannita Sharma, Arunoday Singh, Rajesh Sharma, D’Santosh, Hussain Dalal, Omkar Das Manikpuri, Sonali Sachdev
Genre: Horror
Direction: Akshay Akkineni
Production: Siddharth Roy Kapur, Bejoy Nambiar
Written By: Karthik Subbaraj, Akshay Akkineni
Cinematographer: Jaya Krishna Gummadi
Music: Mikey McCleary, Saurabh Kalsi, Shamir Tandon, K (Background Music)
Editing : A Sreekar Prasad
Distribution: UTV Spotboy
Release Date: 18th July, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

PIZZA is a movie in the horror genre by Akshay Akkineni (son of editor and multiple National Film Award winner A Sreekar Prasad). This is supposed to be the remake of Tamil superhit film by the same name. Efforts have been taken to make this a great piece of supernatural thriller, premise has been set, but somewhere, towards the end, one feels disillusioned (and probably cheated) since a horror movie moves from its basic theme. I experienced almost the same feeling as an audience when I saw Aamir Khan’s Talaash, I felt, that the end was least expected by revealing Kareena’s character as that of a ghost. Here, though I don’t want to spill the beans, this is the cue which I would like to give you.
Kunal (Akshay Oberoi) works with a PIZZA outlet. His wife Nikki (Pavathy Omanakuttan) is an aspiring horror story writer. Kunal does not believe in ghosts, whereas Nikki believes in them. For her, ghosts are fascinating. She practices effectiveness of her horror stories by narrating the same to Kunal and then laughs at him, who is terrorized.
The challenges begin when one day on his Boss’ demand, Kunal goes to deliver a chocolate pack to his Boss’ wife. He noticed something abnormal in her. Boss did admit to Kunal that his wife is probably possessed. After this incident, one day, when Kunal goes to deliver Pizza to a lady (Dippanita Sharma) in a big mansion, he gets locked up. Then follows a series of supernatural things happening over there, right from Dippanita getting murdered followed by husband Arunodaya Singh’s entry and also getting murdered, worms on remaining pizza, a child addressing Kunal as Papa.     
As far as the fear factor is concerned, much of the fear factor was not there, but definitely, it raised a curiosity to know further, although am completely disappointed with the way things towards the end is being handled. Can we put this movie actually under horror genre? Horror elements are clubbed with a few other themes (let me not reveal the same). 3D impact has come out well in certain areas. Akshay is convincing in his role.

PIZZA has the topping of horror and logic, might not go down with you, still you can taste it. An average film.

Rating: 2/5 (Average)