Boomika movie review: Aishwarya Rajesh’s movie is a visually pleasing thriller with convoluted messages

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Aishwarya Rajesh continues to select and feature unique projects and her latest release, Boomika, is an interesting addition to her filmography. Promoted as an eco-horror thriller, Rathindran Prasad’s Boomika has all the usual tropes you associate with the genre, and some are pretty predictable. But what sets him apart, to a large extent, is how he chooses to redefine clichés with a slightly different backstory. It would have been a tense thriller if the message hadn’t been straightforward and convoluted.

The story centers on a young couple, Samyuktha (Aishwarya Rajesh) and Gautham (Vidhu) and their son, who move into an abandoned school building with the intention of turning it into a residential complex and profiting from the deal. They are joined by their friend Gayatri, a popular architect, Gautham Aditi’s sister and an assistant. On the night of the first day after moving in, they experience paranormal activity and as they attempt to uncover the mystery, the reason the place is haunted is revealed.

Unlike regular horror movies, Boomika isn’t primarily about thrills. There are decent times of fear but nothing that makes you sit in terror. It works like a logical horror movie that asks who is more evil when it comes to the destruction of planet Earth. Instead of presenting a regular story of horror and revenge, Boomika unfolds as a story about protecting nature, but it gets a bit too judgmental and the message doesn’t create the impact it intended. The message gets so much in your face that it becomes too hard to kiss.

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Aishwarya is impressive as a psychologist trying to make sense of the situation. After playing a cop in his latest film Thittam Irandu; it’s refreshing to see her play different characters and shine in all of them. The rest of the cast falls flat but the film makes up for it with some pleasing visuals. Shot entirely in Ooty, the scenic locations play a central role in enhancing the overall feel of the film.

Boomika deserves praise for overthrowing the usual horror model. However, the lack of a solid backstory doesn’t quite make it one of the best films in its genre.

Boumika

Director: Rathindran Prasad

To throw: Aishwarya Rajesh, Surya Ganapathy and Madhuri

tt: 10

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