Old School model with problems!
A, 2h 40m
What is the film about?
Nelam (Sangita) is a passionate mother who takes care of her daughter Nazia. She has a helpful neighbor, Gopi, who has a love affair in her office. Everything seems routine and simple in middle-class life until Nazia starts behaving differently one day. Soon things get out of hand and she becomes possessed by a spirit.
It’s the late 80’s and strange murders are happening in Chittoor and Hyderabad. How are these unrelated events related, then to Nazia? The central plot of the film is whether she will ever go back to normal.
Sangitha is seen in a proper role after a long hiatus in Telugu cinema. She is well suited to the role of a typical middle-class mother. The actress is good at simple everyday situations that require her to be natural. However, she is flat when it comes to drama and other essential things to elevate the proceedings. The many moments of leaving an impression are missed due to the predictable beats she hits as an actor. While it’s good that Sangitha has a author-supported role, it lacks the impact.
Thiruveer plays an unconventional role in masooda. He’s an ordinary, shy, middle-class guy. He finds it difficult to express his love to a girl in his office. However, when the time comes, he seizes the opportunity to be a hero. It’s a good arc for an upcoming actor. But, the part, too, lacks impact. Thiruveer is decent and stays level. Some casual natural moments are fine, but he’s just about fine in crucial sequences.
Kavya Kalyanram and Akhila Ram are the other prominent women in the film. The first, a popular child actress, becomes a heroine with Msaooda. She plays the hero’s love interest and is fine. There is nothing else to talk about her. Meanwhile, Akhila Ram plays the role of the possessed girl. She is fine because the “effects” are concerned with the act more than the actual action.
Sai Kiran directs Masooda. It’s a straightforward horror thriller that sticks to the basics without any comedic deviation.
The start is sure to grab attention. The murders and the weirdness surrounding it all generate intrigue. We can’t wait to see what awaits us next, but the story shifts to the present and transitions into a routine romance.
Luckily, not much time is wasted on the love story as it appears briefly in parts. The pair lack the vibe and energy to make the romance (or the awkwardness associated with it) click.
The story oscillates between the love story and the slow rise of horror in the neighboring house. It’s the typical middle-class setup and regular familiar setting that makes it all normal. “Horror” is in the expected lines, but the bottom interests.
The interval after all the accumulation increases the content of the horror drama. It ticks the typical boxes for the genre, but the curiosity is maintained nonetheless.
The second half progresses in a predictable way compared to the first. We have the usual “baba” who takes stock of the situation and finds the cause. Again, the directing and the realistic setting provide the plot even if we don’t see anything new.
The flashback and, subsequently, the ending are all well done. But, the impact is absent. This has been the case with the film from the start. All the elements are in place, but everything is progressing flatly. There are no plot twists; likewise, there are no ups or downs in the storytelling. There are some raw and gruesome deaths in some parts, but that’s it.
The ending is also common for a horror genre film. It has all the predictable noises and scares and chills. But it is the freshness that is lacking. The pacing is also an issue, as there is a lot of talk between the two.
Overall, Masooda is a straightforward horror thriller that tries too hard to scare. It follows a routine formula but tries to present it realistically. The writing and performance, unfortunately, fail to elevate the whole thing. If one likes the genre, the film is a good watch at best. For others, it takes a lot of patience to sit down.
Interpretations by other actors
The cast is decent for a low-budget production. Apart from the above mentioned names, we have the likes of Subhaleka Sudhakar, Satyam Rajesh, etc. They are adequate and fill the universe well.
Music and other departments?
Prashanth R Vihari songs are not working but the background music is superb. The minimalist approach initially, then the big bang later, is well planned. Either way, you feel the impact. Nagesh Banell’s cinematography is neat. It helps to create a real space that is instantly relatable. There is good visual quality despite the low output. The actual use of the location works to advantage. The assembly is correct. The slow pace is definitely an issue at times. The writing should have been better, no doubt.
A few scares
Pieces of love story
No real twist or bend
Did I enjoy?
Yes, in parts
Will you recommend it?
Yes, but with huge reservations
masooda Movie review by Mirchi9
There is a visible effort from the creators of Masooda for authentic and raw scares, where it partially succeeds. However, this is a typical horror story with no real twists and requires patience to watch.
First semester report:
Masooda begins on a curious note and then briefly slips into a boring love track. The lead track (Sangeetha and her daughter) keeps the plot going with typical horror genre scares around the interval mark. Real scares yet to come. Let’s see.
The first report from Masooda in the United States will be available soon. Stay tuned.
Cast and crew of the film Masooda:
Banner Name: Swadharm Entertainment Pvt. ltd.
Movie Name: Masooda
Producer: Rahul Yadav Nakka
Director: Sai Kiran
Director of photography: Nagesh Banell
Music: Prashanth R Vihari
Artistic Director: Kranthi Priyam
Editor: Jesvin Prabu
Sound Design: Sync Cinema
Dolby sound mixing: Rajakrishnan MR
Stunts: Ram Krishan & Stunt Jashuva
masooda Movie review by Mirchi9