Director: Sri Ni
Cast: Shubha Poonja, Lokesh, Pavan, Dravya Shetty and others
For a horror movie, the only agenda is to scare the audience. In order to do so, the devils/evil spirits or the ghosts, as they are known, have to be innovatively scary, failing which there would be no fun in watching them for the first time. While working on a set template, Srini, the director, has put up a 'family’ horror show.
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Apart from a family of ghosts which follows a group of five friends, who are driving to their friend’s place to celebrate a wedding anniversary on a weekend, the ‘rest of the soul’ of the film remains the same as seen in a typical horror movie.
Among some of the unwritten rules for majority of such 'scary’ movies, it involves a group of friends, driving to some place in a car or a fancy jeep. Here, it is a car. The next obvious thing is the group which usually comprises of at least one sexy girl and a couple of male counterparts. One of them has to act funny apart from getting easily frightened. In Kelavu…, Lokesh of Comedy Khiladigalu fame provides the relief with his humorous acts as 'BP’. His frightening role is based on his assumption that a zombie is after his life!
As the journey continues, they eventually get lost ( a mandatory aspect in such genre). Later, they encounter unusual and shocking events. Then the car tyre goes flat, and one of them goes missing. It marks the official beginning of ghosts coming into the picture.
Frightened by horrifying incidents, they speed away before they are stopped by a couple seeking help. They look 'innocent’. As easy as it is for a primary school student to guess the next scenes, they all head to nearby lodge to rest along with the couple they had picked them up in the middle. With a room to rest, the restless soul starts their scary act with the help of 'background score’.
The only sensible plot in this horrifying tale, is its climax, where the intentions of the ghost family scaring the four friends to death are revealed. It comes with a social concern, which is appreciable, but that apart, it is the same old scary faces doing same old vanishing acts with special effects....