“Boomika” is a slow moving, uninteresting and uninspiring film that feels like it’s trying to be something more than what it is.
Boomika is a trophy affair with a haunting house, a young family, a screaming lady, a careless helper, and capitalist greed in Rathindran R Prasad’s latest horror thriller. It has everything a horror film should have, including a tight commitment to the beats to the point that you can anticipate what will happen next by the second.
Boomika follows Samyuktha (Aishwarya Rajesh), Gautham (Vidhu), and their son Siddhu as they move to an abandoned school building in order to create a residential complex and profit from it. They are joined by Gayathri (Surya Ganapathy), Gautham’s sister Aditi (Madhuri), and helper Dharman (Pavel Navageethan). As the sun sets, strange things begin to happen. The remainder of the movie focuses on why they do it and how the family manages to get away.
The writer and director Rathindran R Prasad takes a textbook approach to the monster in the house genre. The first act is full with clichés, such as a phone that doesn’t work because it doesn’t have a signal or a battery. Then there’s a photograph-only ghost, a woman who won’t stop screaming, and so on. Prithvi Chandrashekar’s music just adds to the clichés. The film fails to create a sense of dread since there is so little to add or surprise these clichés.
The lines in this film seem to be fabricated. The writers go out of their way to give as much information to the audience as feasible. On the drive from the airport, Gayathri exclaims in amazement at the trees that surround the colonial property — “I strongly encourage us only work on the buildings and not destroy the landscapes,” she adds. Gautham, on the other hand, has the exact opposite goal in mind. Will a well-known architect go halfway across the globe without first knowing the project’s objectives? Even if it’s for a close family member?
The social problems will sound muddled if the genre components are not properly handled. In her introduction, Samyukta, a counseling psychologist, chastises a mother of a child with a mental condition. She screams, “Ungalukku than counseling kudukkanum,” as if to remind us that neurotypicals are the ones who need to be educated about neurodiversity.
She does not seem to apply this to her own life, though. She quickly laments her child’s disability, blaming it on the lack of grandparents. Her parents, she claims, are caste supremacists who would oppose her decisions. Is it true that such grandparents are helpful to their grandchildren? Worryingly, Gayathri claims that money may break down caste boundaries. “It’s for the reason why Gautham chose this project,” Samyuktha agrees. Is this true in a parallel universe?
The image is supposed to make sense and come together as the memory starts. It becomes sanctimonious instead. With an awful newspaper column narration, it’s conveyed in a succession of intentional situations. Polyester irritates Boomika. Boomika despises it when her things are moved by another. Boomika’s palette is limitless. Boomika as a person is a mystery to us. She is nothing more than a figure of speech.
As a result, Prasad believes it is critical to educate the audience via dialogue. “Don’t you know who Bhoomika is?” asks Dharman, a tribal man who fights for the environment from a handy vantage point. Pavel Navageethan’s caricature-like performance doesn’t improve matters. Because the film is so focused on its message, it doesn’t trust the viewer to understand the metaphors and allusions.
That isn’t to say there aren’t some interesting moments in the film. In one scenario, Boomika goes to the tree with her father, who insists on studying biology. He reads a book on the life explosion/implosion during the Paleozoic Era. Boomika seems to be completely deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly de Instead of having fun with the multicolored squirrels who put on a show for her, she chooses to be sad. When she is asked to repeat anything, she does it verbatim. Perhaps the earth remembers something. Boomika’s father, Prasanna Balachandran, is excellent in these parts.
Boomika is a tepid film that evokes neither fear nor emotion when everything is said and done. We don’t enjoy the thrill of being scared to death, and we don’t leave to become more environmentally friendly. Aishwarya Rajesh has also wasted her life, adding fuel to the fire.
Boomika is available to watch on Netflix.