Dr. Janardhanan’s ‘Sahasram’ is of course happens to be much better than his debut directorial venture, the Mohanlal-starrer ‘Mahasamudram’. An attempt to make a spooky thriller, the movie manages to make an interesting watch, most of the times. But at the end of the day, when you take stock of what the film is, aren’t you likely to dismiss it as just one of those typical Suresh Gopi starrers? To an extent, yes. But, to there is a ‘no’ too.
‘Sahasram’ begins by telling the story of art-director Vyshakhan (Bala), whose bitter words had made his lover, an actress, take her own life. It was actor Sudheer (Suresh Krishna) who played the villain in their life, being persistently after Vyshakhan’s lover with lecherous intentions.
Vyshakhan, who has been a drug addict, now shuns away from films and remains in a self-created cocoon of sorts. But soon he is made to come back to films by a Production Controller Raghupathi (Jagathy Sreekumar), a well wisher of his. It’s thus that Vyshakhan lands up at a desolate ancestral house in a distant place, to study the locations and draw sketches. But he has some strange experiences and sees strange visions and is harrowed.
Anyway the shoot for the film begins and once again Vyshakhan is face-to-face with his bitter enemy Sudheer. But Raghupathy calms him down and things go on. The heroine of the film is Supriya (Sandhya), who is shockingly similar to the girl whom Vyshakhan had seen in his vision and who is Sreedevi, who lived in the same house years ago and is no longer alive.
In the course of the next few days, lots of things happen in the course of the shoot, culminating with the murder of Sudheer, that too during the shoot. It’s then that Vishnusahasranamam IPS (Suresh Gopi), a daring cop, enters the scene, to investigate the murder.
Suresh Gopi, who doesn’t don the khakhi for this film, does justice to the role of Vishnusahasranamam while Sandhya is great as Supriya and Sreedevi. Bala sports a different look as Vyshakhan and does justice to the role. The others are all impressive in their respective roles. Technical features are all in sync with the total fabric and mood of the film, and so is the background score.
The script, by the director, is well worked out. The film in total doesn’t bore you. The way Dr.Janardhanan has blended an investigative drama with elements of a horror flick makes the film different too, to an extent. But in total, ‘Sahasram’ doesn’t stand out as an outstanding stuff and is just another passable fare.