Cast: Sasikumar, Nandita Swetha and Vasumithra
The suspense in Asuravadham, which features Sasikumar in a role with hardly any dialogues, is not revealed until the climax and it’s a move that might draw mixed reactions from the audiences. In the opening scene, the film’s antagonist receives a phone call and he’s warned that the next one week in his life will be filled with tension and it will eventually lead to his death. The events that follow the phone call make Asuravadham one of those films that really make us feel the pain behind the revenge and that’s praiseworthy. Therefore, despite being a slow-paced thriller, you’re quite engaged in the film thanks to its treatment.
Unlike most thrillers, revenge is not served by killing the villain in cold blood. What really makes Asuravadham is the fact that it builds the suspense, working effectively as a slow-burning and no-nonsense thriller. What is scarier? Killing someone who has caused you lot of pain instantaneously or by striking fear into their heart and making them quiver for life. Asuravadham swears by the second approach and boy it makes the whole premise as exciting as anyone can imagine.
Asuravadham is built on a very flimsy premise. Sasikumar, who plays the protagonist, has to avenge the death of a loved one. He identifies who is responsible and makes his life a living hell. Most of the first half is used to build fear in the antagonist, and at first one might find the process mundane, it does get quite exciting post interval. This paves way to a few unintentional comic stretches that work well in an otherwise very serious and at times really loud film. To spice things up, the cinematography and music elevate the film to great levels. Some of the night shots in the first half are truly delightful to watch. Govind Menon’s score is another reason why Asuravadham stands apart from films in the similar space.
Sasikumar steals the show with a casual performance. His eyes are filled with rage and his performance is proof to the fact that so much can be expressed sans dialogues most of the times. The flashback portion works well on the emotional level and it justifies Sasikumar’s wrath. A special mention about the action choreography, which is nothing short of top class. The lodge action sequence in the second half is sure to be remembered for a long time.