Director: Akshay Akkineni
Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Dipannita Sharma, Arunoday Singh, Rajesh Sharma, Omkar Das Manikpuri
Kunal, a chocolate-boy-cum-pizza delivery man (Akshay Oberoi), lives with his horror storywriter and social recluse wife (Parvati Omanakuttan) and their relationship seems to lack in spirit till the spirits of a different kind enter their bodies.
Kunal makes a pizza delivery to a “haunted” house and then all hell literally breaks loose. Kunal’s out-of-the-world experience inside the ill-fated bungalow not only makes him a nervous wreck but also adversely affects the lives of his wife, his boss (Rajesh Sharma) and his two colleagues.
It’s an interesting premise. In an industry where horror films are generally sniggered at and rarely taken seriously, this one is a decent attempt at rattling the audience out of their skulls. This remake of a Tamil film of the same name solely rests on the still young shoulders of newcomer Akshay Oberoi, who has to go through a range of emotions in the 120 plus minutes long duration of the film. A dream role for someone who’s just about a film old, Pizza 3D has Oberoi in almost every frame and must say, he has done a decent job.
At some points the scares are novel, especially the one which involves a cell phone and a house phone, but at other points, they are more than clichéd. Actually, the film begins rather predictably but soon after it starts picking up. A long-winded but extremely interesting scene is where the pizza boy trapped inside the bungalow is relentless and manages to keep you spooked and on the edge of the seat all through.
The best thing about this film is that unlike most other horror films being churned out by the Bollywood mills, director Akshay Akkineni manages to keep the storytelling realistic and utterly believable. And the director thankfully relies more on storytelling than on any forced external support like special background music, etc. Parvati’s Omanakuttan’s debut is nothing to tom tom about.
Watch this one. This might not be on par with RGV’s good ol’ spooky films like Raat and Bhoot, but this young director has made a good enough attempt to give you a good scare. Given the choices that we have these days in this genre, this film definitely stands out.