Cast: Nayantara, Manisha Koirala, Prakashraj, Biju Menon, Suraj Skanda and KPAC Lalitha
In many ways, Shyamaprasad’s Malayalam work with a Bollywood actress, Elektra, is almost poetic in its texture and form. Inspired by the Greek tragic-myth, the film has a surreal feel, mostly shot inside a dimly-lit, sprawling “Tharavad” house (family home) in Central Kerala, where light and shade create a kind of spookiness that blends well with the plot of death and revenge.
The script, penned by Shyamaprasad and Kiron Prabhakar, while letting a few lose ends slip through (like, for instance, Peter’s uncop-like behaviour), aptly captures the mysteriousness of Abraham’s family, pushing us deep into the world of damning human follies that are often provoked by love and passion. Lost in highly disturbing emotions, Elektra and Edwin in particular end up destroying each other. Forbidden desires trap them, sucking the very lives out of them.
Rivetingly caught on Sanu Varghese’s lens, the film’s shadowy tone metaphorically highlights illusions to a point where they merge with the real. A time comes when Elektra fails to see truth, and in this terrifying scenario Diana is brutally victimised. The end of all this can only be catastrophically dreadful.