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Nishabdham Review: The silence that went wrong

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Decent story line, with sloppy execution and predictable twists, makes for a passable thriller thanks to the good cast. ‘Nishabdham’ (Silence) starring Anushka Shetty, Madhavan, Shalini Pandey, Subba Raju, Anjali, Avasarala Srinivas is directed by Tripta Madhukar is streaming on Amazon Prime.  

The story takes place in Seattle where the movie opens with scene of a murder of an American couple. Fast forward to present Anushka (Sakshi) and Madhavan (Anthony) go to the same house popularly known as the Haunted House, looking for a painting, and the latter is gruesomely killed and Anushka runs out with blood all over her. The police arrive and Anushka narrates how her fiance is killed mysteriously.

Madhavan and Anushka

It is upto Anjali (Maha) who is with Seattle Police Department to prove that the murder is not an act of a ghost but a cold-blooded murder. And her boss, the quirky police captain is also following the case. The film has its high moments and without giving too many spoilers to the not so unpredictable thriller, I shall leave it with just one statement – it has probably worked in the film’s favour that “Nishabdham’ has not had a big theatrical release. An OTT watch is alright I suppose, for the effort.

The silver lining is the ravishing Anushka and her subtle nuances as challenged person, Madhavan, who continues to be dashing in any role, Avasarala Srinivas and his humour touch, Subbu Raju as usual making his own screen space literally supporting the narrative, and Anjali, who in her fit avatar has a plum role, but the director fails in giving it a punch.

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