Movie review: Pizza 3D

Film: Pizza 3D Cast: Parvathy Omanakuttan, Arunoday Singh, Dipannita Sharma, Akshay Oberoi Director: Akshay Akineni Plot synopsis: Kunal (Akshay Oberoi) is a pizza delivery boy who does not believe in spirits but has a wife who writes horror stories and is a believer. At one of his delivery points, Kunal encounter something that not only changes his beliefs but also his life. Pizza was a lean, entertaining, fun horror movie stripped off the commercial trappings of Tamil cinema and free of the froth that surrounds star vehicles. Most importantly, unlike attempts like Ragini MMS 2, this was a movie made by a bunch of people who truly love and understand horror films. With its tiny budget, an original take on the haunted house genre and box office success, it was only a matter of time until Bollywood sniffed an opportunity to cash in on Pizza. And with Pizza 3D, they go the whole hog by throwing in 3D. The bad news is, for those who’ve seen the original, Pizza 3D feels like a pointless remake. Those who have never heard of or seen Subbaraj’s film, however, might have a good time watching this movie. The story remains exactly the same: a pizza delivery boy’s unremarkable work becomes a nightmare when the house to which he has to deliver turns out to be haunted. Director Akshay Akkineni (son of legendary editor Sreekar Prasad) follows the original film frame by frame. The characters are the same, as are the sets, the camerawork, the sound and even the jump scares. The climax sequence leaves the audiences wondering if they have been fooled. To some extent, it adds to the fun value in this otherwise intense horror drama, but mostly it seems illogical and unreasonable. Sample a dialogue that adds to the fun element of the film. “Machchar hoga bhoot nahi, khoon peeta hai!” says Kunal when his wife tells him about a blood-drinking spirit. The film manages to scare audiences with its 3D technique and its surprise element. However, other than those few moments, the story is predictable. Watch it if you love scary movies that come with a few laughs.

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