Annabelle Sethupathi (2021)
Story is the King! Forget it on your peril.
Annabelle Sethupathi (அனபெல் சேதுபதி) is a (semi) historic ghost comedy that proves an entertainer can’t be made only with a great cast of shining stars. Only when the Director combines them with a good story and a fitting screenplay, a good cinema is made. The Taapsee Pannu, Vijay Sethupathi & Yogi Babu starer, available on Disney+Hotstar, gets my lowest rating of ‘Rotten’.
A family of petty thieves (Radhika Sarathkumar, Rajendra Prasad, Taapsee Pannu) are tasked by the local police inspector to spend a week in an abandoned palace. Inside, ghosts from a single multi-generational family along with their chief cook (Yogi Babu) maintain the place spick and span. Being Ghosts they can’t be heard or seen by humans but they have the power to move ‘objects’. What happens when the two families of humans and ghosts meet have been told in the most lifeless (pun intended) manner by Director Deepak Sundarrajan.
In Indian cinema, it is difficult to go wrong with the role of a King, that too if it gets played by a popular hero. The role of King Veera Sethupathi played by Vijay Sethupathi serves as an example of how not to do this. Similarly disappointing was the characters of Annabelle and Rudra played by Taapsee Pannu – she fails to bring to life both of them.
Ghosting is the best way to deal with this film.