Rathindran R Prasad’s ‘Boomika’, on Netflix, with Aishwarya Rajesh, is beautifully thought-out and mounted, but hampered by very ordinary writing

Posted on August 23, 2021


Spoilers ahead…

Rathindran R Prasad’s previous film, Inmai from Navarasa with Siddharth and Parvathy Thiruvothu, left me with mixed feelings. At a purely conceptual level, it was terrific (as is his new film, Boomika). But the writing in the back-story wasn’t strong, and a lot of the staging made you feel the film had been put together in a hurry. Boomika is a much more elegant production, beautifully lit up by cinematographer Roberto Zazzara. Sometimes, the very first shot can give you a good feeling about the staging. Here, it’s just an empty street and a swaying door — and yes, you get that feeling. The bulk of the action occurs in a mansion, and the dark/bright play makes the frames glisten like freshly painted oils.

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