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Malayalam cinema takes a chilling turn with “Bramayugam,” a film that weaves together horror elements with a potent social commentary. Director Rahul Sadasivan crafts a suspenseful narrative set against the backdrop of a decaying 17th-century mansion, the “mana.”

The story follows Thevan, a desperate man fleeing his fate, who stumbles upon the dilapidated estate. There, he encounters Kodumon Potty (played by the magnificent Mammootty), the aging patriarch with a dark secret. As Thevan becomes entangled in the web of the Potty family, the film unveils a sinister tale of power struggles, deceit, and the enduring grip of the caste system.

Sadasivan’s masterful direction keeps the audience on edge. The film’s strength lies in its atmosphere. Shehnad Jalal’s cinematography, opting for a monochromatic palette, imbues the “mana” with a sense of haunting beauty and decay. The meticulous set design further amplifies the oppressive atmosphere, making the mansion a physical manifestation of the characters’ entrapment.

Mammootty delivers a tour-de-force performance as Kodumon Potty. He portrays the character with a chilling subtlety, his expressions hinting at the depths of Potty’s darkness. Arjun Ashokan and Sidharth Bharathan provide able support, navigating the complexities of their roles with nuance.

“Bramayugam” is not without its flaws. The slow pace might test the patience of viewers accustomed to fast-paced horror flicks. However, the deliberate pacing allows the film to explore its thematic core effectively.

The horror elements serve as a metaphor for the entrenched social evils that continue to plague society. The film cleverly uses folklore and superstition to highlight the enduring power structures that perpetuate oppression.

“Bramayugam” is a film that lingers long after the credits roll. It’s a chilling horror experience that compels viewers to confront uncomfortable truths about power, caste, and the cyclical nature of greed. While it might not be for everyone, for those seeking a thought-provoking and atmospheric horror film, “Bramayugam” is a must-watch.pen_sparktunesharemore_vertexpand_contentadd_photo_alternatemicsend

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