There are movies which have a strong story line with good scripting but fails in execution and there are movies with a mundane story yet clicks because of execution with perfect narration and screenplay. The movie ‘7’ falls into the third category, a movie with a potentially strong plot that fails big time in execution because of mediocre writing and narration.
The story of ‘7’ revolves around how Karthik (Havish) gets trapped into missing cases filed by three women claiming Karthik as their husband. The story begins with Ramya (Nandita Swetha) approaching Assistant Commissioner of Police (Rahman) to file a complaint on her ‘husband’ Karthik who went missing two days ago.
Ramya starts explaining how they both met and to her surprise, the ACP completes the second part of her story and telling Ramya that a similar kind of case was filed earlier with the complainant (Anisha Ambrose) narrating the same set of incidents which Ramya narrated. With this, the missing case turns as a cheating case and police in their investigation finds that the same kind of missing case was filed in Chennai too.
Who are these three women, did Karthik really cheat them, how they entered his life, who is behind all these incidents, forms the crux of this mystery thriller.
Cinematographer-turned-director Nizar Shafi tries his best to confuse the audience right from the first scene while the real twist in the tale is saved for the second half with the entry of Saraswathi (Regina Cassandra). How is she related to Karthik and what she does reveals the mystery in this movie.
Characterization-wise Regina got the best as a mentally unstable girl who gets what she wants by any means. The psyche of Regina, how and why she becomes a hindrance in others lives, is what runs ‘7’. But at times, the character doesn’t get not established making it a laughing stock.
There are definite gripping moments in this mystery thriller which gets undone by poor writing and turns out to be a huge let down for ‘7’. The love tracks, in the beginning, are cliched and tad boring, wish the director only focused more on a convincing establishment of Regina’s character than these love episodes.
Also, nowhere in the movie, the director throws a hint as to why the movie is titled ‘7’. Only by observing some posters and watching the movie, one could connect the dots and conclude that ‘7’ represents seven key characters of the movie.
This 117-minute bilingual released in Tamil and Telugu sounds like a solid story idea on paper but barring few moments, it goes haywire when presented on screen.