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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Movie review: Pizza 3D is scary but lacks the element of surprise

Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 18, 2014
First Published: 11:17 IST(18/7/2014) | Last Updated: 14:10 IST(20/7/2014)

Film: Pizza 3D
Cast: Parvathy Omanakuttan, Arunoday Singh, Dipannita Sharma, Akshay Oberoi
Director: Akshay Akineni
Genre: Horror
Plot synopsis: Kunal (Akshay Oberoi) is a pizza delivery boy who does not believe in spirits but has a wife who writes horror stories and is a believer. At one of his delivery points, Kunal encounter something that not only changes his beliefs but also his life.
Rating: **1/2

UTV Spotboy did not go into a publicity blitz for Akshay Akkineni's directorial debut Pizza 3D. Interestingly, the movie is a decent one, despite lack of star faces and promotions.

A well-executed plot and effortless performance by Akshay Oberoi make this horror flick worth a one-time watch. 



Shot in 3D, a horror film sans any sleaze comes as a welcome change from horrex (an unholy marriage of horror and sex genre) films that we have been seeing of late. The story does get a little unbelievable at points but it mostly works.

As for performances, Oberoi carries off the part of a person who doesn't give a damn with aplomb. So does his boss, played by Rajesh Sharma. Only Parvathy fails to match them in terms of performance. Her accent is too forced and she comes across as someone who's trying hard to fit into the role. 



SPOILERS AHEAD

The climax sequence leaves the audiences wondering if they have been fooled. To some extent, it adds to the fun value in this otherwise intense horror drama, but mostly it seems illogical and unreasonable. 

Sample a dialogue that adds to the fun element of the film. "Machchar hoga bhoot nahi, khoon peeta hai!" says Kunal when his wife tells him about a blood-drinking spirit. 

The film manages to scare audiences with its 3D technique and its surprise element. However, other than those few moments, the story is predictable.

Watch it if you love scary movies that come with a few laughs.

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