Pisaasu review: A funny, not scary ghost

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2014 14:41 IST

Pisaasu (Ghost)
Director: Mysskin
Cast: Naga, Pragya, Radha Ravi
Running Time: 113 minutes
Rating: *1/2

Mysskin-helmed Pisaasu is not the run-of-the-mill horror story. The ghost here is generally friendly - an unmistakable reminder of the 1990 American work, Ghost, starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, that was directed by Jerry Zucker. But, while the American ghost (Swayze) infuses neither horror nor mystery into the plot, Mysskin's Pisaasu (Pragya) has these elements, though in a vague sort of way.

However, but for brief heart-thumping thrills, there is very little to scare us. Even during those scenes where the ghost appears with her hair dishevelled and face blackened, young girls in the auditorium were heard laughing. Yes, laughing all right.

Much like Swayze's ghost - who stays with his girlfriend (Moore) helping her escape from all kinds of dangers - Pisaasu (played by Pragya) becomes Siddharth's (Naga) silent friend, at times a moralistic friend. A violinist by profession living alone in a swanky flat (but who sits with blind beggars in a Chennai pedestrian subway), Siddharth is perplexed to find his beer bottles breaking or opener vanishing or mother (who comes to visit him) being mysteriously saved after a fall in the bathroom. So, this Pisaasu is a good Samaritan with moralistic overtones!

But why does she take a fancy for Siddharth - even helping him to save Rs 50,000 that a woman pretending to be a medium (she resembles Goldberg in Ghost) tries to claim as her fee? When Bhavani/Pisaasu (Pragya) is seriously wounded in a hit-and-run road accident, Siddharth rushes to her aid and gets her to the hospital, but she dies there tightly holding his hand. It is quite another thing that the attending doctor does not even think of resuscitating her - but that is Indian cinema, which believes that the story must move on, come what may.

While Naga goes around with a mop of hair covering one of his eyes and hardly impresses, and Pragya walks through an insignificant part, Radha Ravi as her devastated screen father, catches one's eye with a degree of brilliance in a movie which, at best, seems like a half-hearted attempt by a director who showed promise in his earlier Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum and Anjathe.

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