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Masooda Review: Chills, Thrills and Lengthy

Masooda Review: Chills, Thrills and Lengthy

Movie: Masooda
Rating: 2.5/5
Swadharm Entertainment
Cast: Sangitha, Thiruveer, Kavya Kalyanram, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Akhila Ram,  and others
Music: Prashanth R Vihari
Cinematography: Nagesh Banell
Art: Kranthi Priyam
Editor: Jesvin Prabu
Producer: Rahul Yadav Nakka
Director: Sai Kiran
Release Date: Nov 11, 2022 

“Masooda” is produced by Rahul Yadav Nakka, whose two previous productions “Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya” and “Malli Raava” won accolades. Hence, his latest film created interest among film lovers despite not having popular stars.

Let’s find out its merits and demerits.

Neelam (Sangitha), a Hyderabad schoolteacher, is a single parent. When her daughter Naziya starts acting strangely, she seeks the assistance of her neighbour Gopi (Tiruveer). They first consult a doctor before approaching a Baba, believing she is possessed by a spirit.

Following confirmation that Naziya is indeed possessed by a ghost, Baba (Satyam Rajesh) leads them to Rizwan (Subhalekha Sudhakar). Rizwan discovers that the girl is being haunted by a ghost named Masooda.

The rest of the drama is about discovering Masooda's story and solving the mystery.

Artistes’ Performances:
Sangitha plays a mother who goes to great lengths to save her daughter. She gives it her all.

Tiruveer is the main character. The young actor is a good fit for the role of a helpful software engineer. While his characterisation lacks proper strength, his journey from being fearful to confronting a scary ghost has clarity. 

The actress who played Naziya is fine. Subhalekha Sudhakar and Satyam Rajesh are right choices for the roles.

Technical Excellence:
The technical achievement of the film is its best feature. There are many silent scenes in the film. Nonetheless, the sound design and background score keep us glued to the screen. These two departments have done an excellent job of creating an eerie atmosphere. Prashanth Vihari, the music director and the sound designer have done an outstanding job.

The cinematography is also superb. The camerawork is particularly impressive in the forest sequences. However, the film has been dogged down by two technicians - an editor and a dialogue writer. The film is far too long and moves at a snail pace. 

The initial episodes
Sound design
Background score
Some scary moments

Regular horror story
Lengthy runtime
The final moments dragging on

"Masooda" is an uncomplicated horror thriller. The plot is straightforward and familiar, as it is in many other ghost dramas and horror thrillers. In one line, the story is about a mother who goes all out to save her possessed daughter with the help of a neighbour. Many horror stories have followed the same pattern. The Muslim culture and ghost are what distinguishes "Masooda."  The girl who is possessed is Muslim, as is the ghost, and so are the ghostbusters.

However, new director Sai Kiran has created the necessary atmosphere for the horror thriller by including genuine horror elements. It starts with a story that happened many years ago, then cuts to the present, and the story returns to where it started. 

The first scenes, which were shot in an agricultural land and on a rainy night, piqued our interest. They pull us right into the story. The first half of the film alternates between Sangitha and her daughter's problem and the hero's love story at work. Despite its slow pace, the first half of the film barely touches on the main point of the story. The interval bang occurs exactly one hour later.

The actual story and ghostbusting takes place in the second half of the film. However, the latter section is excruciatingly long. This segment lasts one hour and forty minutes. It's intriguing to see the hero travel to a village and learn the story behind the ghost. But the latter half of the film, particularly the final half hour, is tedious and drags on.

In addition, there is an unnecessary sequence to set up the sequel.

As previously stated, the spooky thriller elements are what make the film work. There are some truly terrifying moments. The dark and depressive mood required for horror thrillers is expertly achieved. The background music keeps us interested in what's going on. Even though there are many cheap tricks and loud sounds, some of them work. 

Overall, "Masooda" is a typical horror thriller that tries to stay true to the genre and provides some scary moments, but it also feels like an exercise in futility. It has limited appeal.

Bottom line: Works to Some Extent


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