'Anando Brahma': Refreshing horror-comedy

By Haricharan Pudipeddi Film: "Anando Brahma"; Director: Mahi Raghav; Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Srinivas Reddy, Shakalaka Shankar, Vennela Kishore and Tagubothu Ramesh; Rating: ***1/2 Mahi Raghav made a noticeable debut with the slice-of-life campus drama "Paathshala" a few years ago, and it was not a film you could easily write off. It marked the arrival of a sensible filmmaker, who was desperate to break the monotony and give audiences something different to celebrate. His latest film, "Anando Brahma", is another attempt at something new in the done-to-death horror-comedy genre, and the result is highly satisfying, to say the least. "Anando Brahma" is set in a haunted house where a bunch of characters die tragic deaths. Most horror-comedies, despite being cliched, are well received when the thrills are strongly complemented by comedy. Raghav’s film, too, uses all the tricks associated with the genre but it doesn’t take the same route as its contemporaries and that’s why it shines. By steering away from the regular horror template, it churns out a delightfully refreshing horror-comedy where the joke is on the ghosts and the flaws of its lead characters. In an entertaining twist, the ghosts in "Anando Brahma" are afraid of humans whose […]

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