Title : Pizza
Type : Movie
Language : Tamil
Genre : Thriller/Horror
Cast : Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan
Direction : Karthik Subbaraj
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Reviewer’s Ambience :
Theatre: The Cinemas
Movie duration : 2 hours 7 Minutes
Pre Release Hype : Good thing about Pizza is that it comes out without any expectations, as it is the short film director Karthik Subbaraj’s first main stream movie with Vijay Sethupathi in lead who has done a couple of films and was appreciated for his role in the critically acclaimed ‘Thenmerku Paruvakaatru’. So the youngster’s get together for their venture and were they successful ? Read on.
Post Release Review : Adding support to the Poster/Trailer ‘s claim of the movie being a thriller the movie starts with a paranormal investigation team’s expedition into a supposedly haunted college complete with a EMF meter and amateur video !
The protagonist of the movie, Michael played by Vijay portrayed as petrified pizza delivery boy lives together with Remya as Anuu who is an ambitious horror novelist.
One day Michael gets an errand from his boss played by Aadukalam Naren to deliver some files to his house and witnesses his boss’s teenage daughter’s exorcism as she is supposedly influenced by the ghost of some one named ‘Nithya’. Michael get’s weary of everything after that incident.
One day Michael gets a call to deliver pizza to an bungalow which turns out to be haunted and whether he survives the encounter with the ghosts becomes the rest of the movie.
I must say the direct tries his best to keep you gripping to your seats during the horror scenes although much of it is anticipated from the previous generations of horror flicks across multiple languages. After interval, the movie looked as though it would lead to an ending of ‘Catacombs‘ but interestingly the director deviated at the right moment to maintain the suspense in the movie.
Vijay Sethupathi does an amazing job as Michael, I am sure he will go places. Remya Nambeesan does what was expected from her, but she looks bulky might be because she was shown carrying?
Symphony by Phil Hartl stands off in the background score. Haricharan’s vocal in different versions of the Retro ‘Rathiri’ song used at right places without slowing the phase in the movie and Gana bala’s ‘Ninaikkudhey’ as the ringtone reflects the brilliance of screenplay, a thing to be learned by Big Directors (Read K.V Anand Maattrraan). So music by Santhosh Narayanan does it’s job and but still there’s room for improvement.
There are no stunts or visible CG in the movie so there’s not much technical aspects to speak about other than the lighting which is crucial for a horror film and is done right in Pizza.
Conclusion : The venture by the youngsters is a success. Pizza would go as one of the successful thriller/horror movies of tamil cinema and it would be the tastiest slice of pizza you’ve ever had !
Rating : Pizza get’s 4 1/2 dragons