The Tamil web series The Village is now playing in cinemas across the UAE. It is directed by Milind Rau and stars Arya, Divya Pillai, Aazhiya, John Kokken, Arjun Chidambaram, Thalaivaasal Vijay, Aadukalam Naren, George Maryan, Muthukumar K.

How to watch The Village in the UAE

The Village is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

The Village review

2.5 /5
Pros:
  • Larger idea
  • Slick pace

Cons:

  • Doesn’t avoid genre cliches
  • Less than convincing acting
  • Plot riddled with holes

Most horror stories wouldn’t be made if the individual or the family showed the basic common sense of avoiding that haunted house that others steadfastly avoid or choosing the road that the rest eschew taking. But that doesn’t happen at all, and horror adventure films continue to be churned out with relentless profusion.

The Village, the Tamil web series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, chooses the same trope. Though the larger theme or idea of the six-episode series is something else and laudable, it more or less plays out as a standard horror cliche, which is why it comes off as a lesser product than it should.

The director, Milind Rau, should take a lot of blame as he fails to deliver convincing performances, especially from the male lead Arya, who is making a debut in the Tamil web series space. The story of this series is taken from the graphic horror novel by Asvin Srivatsangam, Vivek Rangachari, and Shamik Dasgupta.  Primarily set in the mysterious village of Kattiyal, where people disappear. As it happens, it is the same village that the happy family of Dr Gautham (Arya), his wife Neha (Divya Pillai) and daughter Maya (Aazhiya) take a detour to on a road trip. Blame it on the Google Maps kind of thing that suggests this alternate route to avoid the infernal traffic.

The Gautham family find the village haunted as the shadows, dark and brooding, are everywhere. Gautham leaves the car and his wife and daughter in this forsaken place to fetch help from the nearby village. Would any thinking person, least of all an educated doctor, do this most silly thing? Well, the series has so many such leaky plot ideas.

When Gautham returns with help (Aadukalam Naren, George Maryan, Muthukumar K), his family members and the vehicle are missing. Big surprise, huh! But what happened to them? Which blood-sucking Dracula took them away? 

Into this story is the other half of the plot. That involves a greedy businessman, Prakash (Arjun Chidambaram), who is after some rich and precious thing the village possesses. His band of hit men led by Farhan (John Kokken) are around to keep intruders away. 

So what are those shady creatures that the village is a prisoner to? Ghosts of the past? 

Even though the narration is slick and quick and the action is relentless, the story, strangely, lacks tempo. The thrills are few and far between. The writing by Rau, V Deeraj Vaidy and Deepthi Govindarajan is convenient and, hence, unconvincing. The acting, especially by the male lead, Arya, lacks conviction. For a man whose wife and daughter are missing in the middle of nowhere, he comes across as a man on a picnic. The desperation and discombobulation of man in a crisis in his acts. The rest of the cast is adequate. But that doesn’t quite cut it.

Like the English title to a Tamil series, The Village doesn’t quite gel.  

Balakumar Kuppuswamy
Balakumar Kuppuswamy

An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.

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