54321, which marks Ragavendra Prasad’s entry into the film industry as a director, is a thriller that hinges on the rivalry of two men. The rivalry is the outcome of the profound hatred that one has for the other.
Most roles have been entrusted to newcomers in this film and what is refreshing to note is that all of them have done a reasonably good job. Newcomers Arvin, Shabeer and Pavithra deserve special praise in this regard.
While Arvin plays the hero and Pavithra his wife, Shabeer plays his psycho neighbour who is hell bent on proving that Arvin is as bad as him in nature.
The film begins with a professional returning home late one night, only to find his house having been broken into. We soon get to know that there are two people who have stealthily entered the house and interestingly, both of them are not aware of each other’s presence.
The professional soon finds that his wife has been taken captive by his childhood enemy, who is out to exact revenge for having taken away from him, what he calls, ‘a perfect life’. In the meantime, we get to know that the other person who has entered the house is a burgler, looking to loot the place.
Just when the burgler is looking to wind up and make his getaway, he finds himself witnessing a strange situation. He sees the psycho urging the professional to commit a gruesome murder, if he wants to save his wife and dad. Unable to leave and at the same time stay, the burgler finds himself in a quandry. What happens next is what the story is all about.
The film, by and large, manages to keep one interested. The acts of the burgler trigger humour , although one is not sure if it was intended that way.
Director Ragavendra Prasad manages to deliver a neat thriller and shows immense promise. Joshua Sridhar‘s music for the film is one big plus and lifts the film to an entirely different level. On the whole, 54321 isn’t great, but it isn’t bad as well.