Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil V’s ‘Chathur Mukham’, with Manju Warrier, Sunny Wayne and Alencier Ley Lopez is a super-solid techno-horror thriller

Posted on April 17, 2021


Spoilers ahead…


I identified a lot with Chathur Mukham because I used to be like Manju Warrier’s Thejaswini. I used to wake up early in the morning and the first thing I would do is look at my phone and messages. That’s what she does, too. The film opens with a quote by Thoreau: Men have become tools of their tools. Here, Thejaswini has become a tool of her smartphone, a scientific tool.

Even though she is the kind of person who wakes up in the morning and takes a selfie, she is not silly or vain. She’s very logical; she tells her mother that she won’t get married until she’s financially settled. She has a business partner, Antony (Sunny Wayne) and she’s not romantically interested in him at all. The point is that even a smart, sensible, and sorted woman can become possessed by her smartphone, the same way a person can be possessed by a ghost. It’s this premise that’s literalized in this techno-horror story by writers Abhayakumar K and Anil Kurian.

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