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Connect : A routine horror flick

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Cast: Nayanthara, Vinay Rai, Haniya Nafisa, Sathyaraj, Anupam Kher
Director: Ashwin Saravaran
Producer: Vignesh Shivan

K. Ramya Sree

Connect is the first south Indian movie to run without a break. The film starring Nayanthara is produced by her husband Vignesh Shivan and is directed by Game Over fame Ashwin Saravanan.

Susan (played by Nayanthara), Dr. Joseph Benoy (played by Vinay Rai), Susan’s husband, and Anna (played by Haniya Nafisa), their daughter are a cute little happy family. However, things turn upside down for the family when Covid strikes the world. Joseph, who is a doctor, is assigned to treat patients down with Covid, and in the process he catches the virus and loses his life. Anna, who is supremely close to her father, slips into depression and tries to talk to her late father. From here the sequence of events that happen in their life forms the rest of the story.

The film has a simple story that can be guessed by anyone, however it was well-picturised. Some scenes in the film will put you on the edge of your seats.

The sound effects by Sachin Sudhakaran and Hariharan gets extra brownie points, as it keeps you glued through the many thrilling scenes. While the direction by Ashwin was noteworthy, some of the horror scenes in the film reminds of Hollywood films like The Exorcist and The Conjuring. They looked made up. It is safe to say that the casting was well-done for the film. Technicalities were top-notch including cinematography and editing.

Speaking of performances, no wonder, Nayanthara is called the lady superstar of south Cinema. She proved her mettle yet again in this film. Haniya Nafisa deserves a special mention for her performance. Although pretty young, her performance will be remembered throughout.

Just when you feel that the film is being lagged, Anupam Kher comes and saves the movie. His character was well-crafted and his performance was well-delivered. Sathyaraj, who plays Nayanthara’s father, did a great job.

Overall, Connect is a well-picturised movie. However it lags here and there, especially the last 30 minutes. Some scenes seem clichéd reminding you of a few Hollywood flicks. But the edge-of-the-seat sound effects and a few jumps will make Connect a worth-watching, especially for those who love horror films.
Rating: 2.75/5

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