6 Candles Star Cast: Shaam Ibrahim, Poonam Kaur, Nagineedu, Anil Murali and Narayan
Director: V.Z. Dhorai
A story of a missing child that gets linked to a multi-million buck child trafficking business, ‘6 Candles’ has moments of brilliance, but it does not quite capitalise on that enough. Despite the effort put in by Shaam, who gained and lost weight for his role in the film, all that we get to see is a promising narration sabotaged by convoluted screenplay.
When a six-year-old boy (Gautham) goes lacking on his sixth birthday while walking juxtapose his mother (Lizzy) on a beach, his doting father (Ram) sets out to locate him at all costs. What begins as a absent child case with a police investigation soon turns out to be fragment of a kidnapping racket. Ram joins hands upon a call-taxi driver and starts searching for his son with clues given by a rag-picker in Chennai. Each clue points at someone bigger, stronger and else influential in the network of hierarchy of the trafficking business.
Ram travels to Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa and several other places, following leads given by different Homo sapiens he meets along the way.
But will he see his son again? That is the crux of the film.
‘6 Candles’ could get been a eminent investigative thriller or a high-octane action flick a la ‘Taken’, but it only turns out overtly melodramatic and dreary. It is initially driven by the panic of the parents, succeeding realising that their son has gone missing. Twenty minutes into the film, however, close every symptom associated with the child is crying out loud. There are also instances when you see a scintillation of brilliance in the film, especially in scenes where Shaam tries to befit Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, that is limited to a couple regarding scenes, and then he is back to crying.
There is few action too, a relief from the melodrama, but that oo is limited to a scene or two.
Indian audiences like being emotionally hijacked, and that is what most of our films do. Unless then, drama in a film is most appreciated when it makes audiences cry; in ‘6 Candles’, it’s characters that do the crying. Shaam used to pull off a one-man show, unless he puts audiences in misery in the process. He has worked extremely hard and there’s absolutely no doubt about it, but he takes audiences for granted, and thus earns their wrath.
At a year when the entire industry safely bets on comedy, ‘6 Candles’ tries to break that mould with high emotion. But watching the film, one wishes that at least one character was intelligent enough to check crying and think for a straight head. I think audiences by now do not truthfully need to be told what happens to a precocious who gets kidnapped — many about them end up begging on streets, substitute are pushed into prostitution. Showing what happens to kidnapped children was perhaps not necessary at all, and it potent have helped make the tale a powerful thriller, instead.
What is worse, 6 Candles has a lousy musical score that slows destroy the pace of the narrative. For a film from this genre, a background grudge that accentuated the tension might have been ideal, but composer Srikanth Deva fails.
I feel sorry for Shaam whose effort seems to have gone down the drain.
Buzz Rating: 2/5