Behind the Scenes:
Jai and Anjali’s Long-Delayed film, Balloon finally made it to the audience thanks to the OTT Boom in the Corona times. Zee5, the Digital Arm of Zee Network bagged the Streaming Rights of the Horror-Thriller film. Let us see how the movie releasing today will connect to the audience.
Krishnakanth (Jai) is an aspiring filmmaker who is desperate for a Horror Script to make his debut film. He goes to Araku along with his wife, Jack (Anjali), nephew, and friends, hoping to find inspiration to pen a script. However, strange events begin unfolding in the house which is linked to his past.
Jai does a neat job as Krishnakanth and Charlie. However, he could have done a lot better in the Charlie character and his makeup is also not up to the mark. There seem to be shades of Geethanjali movie in Anjali’s character but it is not written well. She does a decent job in whatever she is offered. Janani Iyer is wasted in a trivial character. Yogi Babu managed some laughs here and there. His character goes overboard at times in the name of comedy. Raj Tharun appears in a little cameo towards the end.
Debut Director Sinish Sreedharan concentrated more on comedy than on horror in his first. There are very few horror moments and the comedy which dominates the film rarely works. The comic sequences all have Tamil flavor smeared all over them and will barely connect to our audience. Two songs composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja are present for namesake. The background score is impressive. Saravanan’s visuals are good. Editing could have been a lot better in the second half. Production Values are okay.
The first half of the film is fine to an extent. Yogi Babu impresses here and there but his act is largely disappointing due to the Tamil flavour. Even that relief is absent in the second half. The flashback is not at all engaging and the thrill and horror part which should be the soul of the story is fully predictable. The villain characterization is poorly-etched which is another reason for the ineffective flashback. The horror elements which are rarely present are the ones which we saw in numerous films. Finally, Balloon is thoroughly disappointing.
Balloon: This Balloon Do Not Have Air
Starring: Jai, Anjali, Yogi Babu, Raj Tharun, and Others
Written and Directed by Sinish Sreedharan
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography by R Saravanan
Production Company: Bellam Ramakrishna Reddy
Release Date: July 10th, 2020 (Direct Online Release on Zee5)