the name explains it clearly. ‘6 athiyayam’ – six chapters. the film is a compilation of six different stories, all tied together using the “horror” or paranormal element. but if you were expecting some jump scares or maybe the thrill that comes from watching a good horror movie, you might want to reconsider this one.
6 athiyayam has its share of suspense, but other than making you frown in curiosity, it doesn’t take you any further. Added to this is the experimental presentation of the film where the climaxes of all the shorts are reproduced at the end. perhaps this sounded very exciting on paper, but it doesn’t translate so well on screen.
The film begins with the first chapter, the superhero. Thaman Kumar of sattam oru iruttarai fame plays the character who thinks he’s a superhero and director SS Stanley plays the psychologist who listens to his experiences. perhaps an unusual choice for a horror movie, but do they really pull it off? the premise sounds interesting, but it’s too short and doesn’t pique our interest.
The second chapter, Idhu thodarum, follows the familiar horror route, with some weak scares, but is brave enough to tackle a touchy subject. Sathanya child actress does a pretty good job with her character.
The next two chapters, misai and anamika are a big disappointment in terms of story. the execution also seems lukewarm and the plots struggle to maintain the element of suspense. In Misai, Pasanga Kishore plays a young man with a broken heart, and in Anamika Sanjeev of Kulir 100 degree fame he plays a young man who is easily scared.
If the first four didn’t bog you down, the fifth will. this story is a poor attempt at a horror comedy that fails with its crude jokes about women. centers on a guy who can’t get into a relationship with any woman and seeks help from a voodoo priest. who/what seems to be haunting him and why is the crux of this story.
by the time the last story is released, you hope to have at least a sigh; After all, this is a horror movie. painter – a woman of breathtaking beauty – an old legend – death. play with these words and voila, you have the plot.
putting on makeup is a big disappointment. surely, the faces could have been painted better. the team has also missed another crucial element in horror movies: sound effects. Although the film featured a good lineup of small-time actors, its characters are all very moody and no one leaves a lasting impression.
The movie, however, has religiously ticked off every cliché you can think of when making a horror movie. you wouldn’t miss the sound of anklets, loose hair, white dresses and shadows. they have even meticulously adhered to “female ghosts” only! the film has no songs except for the end credits. 6 athiyayam also has a mix of technicians: five in cinematography, five in background music, and five editors. it might have been a challenge for producer shankar thiyagarajan (who also directed a segment) to have managed a diverse technical team.
The six chapters have been written and directed by six different people: Cable Sankar, Shankar Thiyagarajan, Ajayan Bala, Eva Suresh, Lokesh Rajendran, and Sridhar Venkatesan, in that order. Even if I were to appreciate this movie for its novelty in the making, it’s still not enough to pass it off as a good horror movie.
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