In the backdrop of few horror flicks in the recent past ensuring broad smiles for bankrollers, Darpanam is yet another attempt to have the cash registers ringing and investments bringing in more dividends at the box office.
The very beginning of the film fills the theatre with a ghastly shock of the murder of four members of a family. In sequence, four young thieves enter the same building in the night and the sight of the dead does not bother their quest for valuables in the place.
The story till the end revolves around those murders and the same building with few patches of love narratives to push the story forward. Director Vempa Ramakrishna fabricates a story only to horrify the audience as the devils appear in frequent succession. The interference of the police in the story is an addition to sustain the interest in the narration as they get engaged in the investigation and search for clues. When the four thieves get steered to the building by the devil itself, they get caught in the perilous web of crisis. What happens then and how it happens is the movie all about.
Darpanam mirrors the honest effort of a young crew. Though the potential of the director doesn’t get fully realised, he does not allow the audience to go out with disappointment as the trend for horror genre is on an upswing. Apparently conscious of the budget, he sagaciously designed the major scenes in a single building. Hero of the film Tanishq Reddy succeeds in impressing the masses with his sensible screen presence in songs, action and scenes. A couple of new heroines comes in to provide a considerable relief. Music serves to elevate the horror scenes and song composition merits a mention.