‘Baak’ Movie Review

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Movie Name : Baak

Release Date : 03-05-2024

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Starring: Sundar. C, Tamannaah Bhatia, Raashii Khanna, Kovai Sarala, Vennela Kishore, Sreenivas Reddy

Director: Sundar. C

Producer: Khushbu Sundar

Music Director: Hip Hop Tamizha

Cinematographers: E. Krishnasamy

Editor: Fenny Oliver

‘Aranmanai’ is a successful Tamil horror comedy franchise where those films got dubbed into Telugu and earned decent success. The fourth installment from the series, is dubbed into Telugu as ‘Baak’. Directed and acted by Sundar C, The film has Tamannaah Bhatia and Raashii Khanna played pivotal roles. The film got released in theatres on May 3rd. Let’s check-out how the film fares in a review.

Story:

Shiva Shankar (Sundar C) is a sincere lawyer. His sister Shivani (Tamannaah) severe ties with her family after getting married against their intentions. But, Shiva Shankar loves and cares about his sister. One day, he came to know that his sister Shivani has committed suicide. Shivani’s husband too dies in a mysterious way in the forest where they live in a palatial bungalow. Shiva Shankar understands that his sister got murdered and decides to find the answers behind the deaths of Shivani and her husband. The rest of the film is about how Shiva Shankar cracks the mystery.

Performances:

Sundar C did well in the role of protagonist. He gives a very convincing portrayal of the sincere attorney who goes all out to defend his sister’s children and find the cause behind her death. Even though Tamannaah Bhatia appears for a brief period, her presence is impactful. Tamannaah’s performance as Shivani is excellent. She portrays a mother who would stop at nothing to keep her kids safe.

Raashii Khanna is decent in her limited role. Her role has a fair amount of significance. She does her job well. Vennela Kishore, Srinivas Reddy, Kovai Sarala and others tried to provide laughs and succeeded to some extent. 

Highlights:

Horror Elements

Interesting Plot

BGM, Cinematography

Technical Values

Drawbacks:

Poor comedy

Analysis:

Like all films in the Aranmanai franchise, Baak also follows the same template but is sugarcoated with twists and good technical values. In the Aranmanai franchise, Baak stands out in terms of technical excellence. The film has rich visuals, enhancing background score, and lavish production values. 

After the reveal of twist, the film treads on predictable path. Things get slow paced as the film tries to incorporate emotional angle in the second half. But, the horror effects are well executed, and the background score by Hip Hop Tamizha greatly enhances the impact of scary moments. Both halves have exciting moments. All the dots are nicely connected in the second half. On the down side the slapstick comedy didn’t worked in favour of the film. Infact it hinders the tempo of the film.

Baak is technically rich. The background score by Hip Hop Tamizha, cinematography by E. Krishnasamy, and grand production values are the biggest assets of the film. The editing could have been better.

Rating: 3 / 5

Bottom-line: Worthy Horror Film With Technical Finesse 

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