Zero (2016 film)
Zero is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language fantasy horror film written and directed by Shiv Mohaa. The film features JD Chakravarthy, Ashwin Kakumanu and Sshivada in the leading roles, while Ravi Raghavendra, Dr. Sharmila, Andreanne Nouyrigat and Tulasi play supporting roles. Filming began in June 2014 and lasted till March 2015, and the film had a theatrical worldwide release on 25 March 2016 to positive reviews. The film was dubbed into Telugu and Hindi with the same title.
|Directed by||Shiv Mohaa|
|Produced by||Balaji Kappa|
|Written by||Shiv Mohaa|
|Music by||Nivas K. Prasanna|
|Edited by||R. Sudharsan|
|Distributed by||Madhav Media|
|25 March 2016|
The movie starts off with the story of how God created Adam and Eve. Then, the screen moves to the present where they show newly wedded couple Balaji alias Bala (Ashwin Kakumanu) and Priya (Sshivada) moving into their new apartment. Bala's father Vijay Kumar (Ravi Raghavendra) does not approve of the marriage because of a history of mental illness in Priya's family. Her mother had gone mad after she was pregnant with Priya, and died giving birth to her. But Bala accepts Priya even after knowing her past, due to the great love he has on her. After moving into their new home, the young couple visit a store where she takes some lipsticks without paying and claims that she does not remember taking it. She argues with the security guard and is forced to leave. After returning home and refusing to meet Bala's visiting father, she shares her past with her neighbour and tells how she cannot get pregnant. Later that night, Priya dreams about her mother and talks to her about how everyone today called her a thief, and initially reluctant, she accepts that she stole the lipstick and explains that how she has an affinity towards pink color and how she enjoys it, and after that, she soon enters a world where her mother is and starts sleepwalking at night. This is the part where weird and eerie things begin to happen around her and she starts seeing illusions and becomes almost mad and stabs Bala one day. She gets stuck into the world where her mom is and Lilith, a Biblical demon (Andreanne Nouyrigat) starts to roam freely after taking over the body of Priya. Bala searches for Solomon (JD Chakravarthy), who has the supernatural ability to speak with ghosts and is an occult specialist and explains the situation to him. Solomon confronts the possessed Priya and when Priya/Lilith touches Solomon, he sees everything about the being called Lilith who was created before Eve at the beginning of the time with Adam and how when Lilith rebelled and abandoned Adam did God create Eve as Adam's better half. God had cursed Lilith for abandoning Adam with the inability to have a child and Lilith conceived so many times with the devil's child but every child was dead or still born, and she finally becomes a hateful spirit who, over the time as a spirit, tortured and caused pregnant women to miscarriage, and kill themselves and trapping their soul in her spirit world, and Priya is the only child to escape her death, and now she wants to destroy the world as part of devils' bidding. It is revealed that the Devil himself, in the form of a snake has sent Lilith to carry his mission to destroy the world. Since Bala is a hindrance in her mission, she decides to kill him, but the Devil suggests that since Lilith resides in Priya's body and if Lilith touches Bala, her powers will be lost, as Priya and Bala have been soulmates for the past 7 births and their love is more stronger than Lilith. Solomon explains the situation to other priests and priests from different parts of the world come together to challenge Lilith but they eventually fail. When Lilith tries to choke Bala, he touches her, and Priya starts to remember all the times they spent together and gets unpossessed and returns to the real world where Balaji and Solomon are, and when Lilith is about to possess Priya again, God freezes the time and saves the world and the God blesses Priya with pregnancy, it is then revealed that the God chose the couple to be the parents of his child and also destroys Lilith permanently. The film ends with the Devil in the form a snake taking his usual form of a giant human and vowing to complete his mission by himself, hence hinting at a possible sequel, Zero-2.
- JD Chakravarthy as Solomon, an exorcist and occult specialist, the protagonist
- Ashwin Kakumanu as Balaji alias Bala
- Sshivada as Priya/Lilith or boobsy (present)
- Ravi Raghavendra as Vijay Kumar, Balaji's father
- Lintu Rony as priya's mother
- Tulasi as Priya's neighbour
- Andreanne Nouyrigat as Lilith (past), the main antagonist as well as the satan
- Anoop as The Evil Giant and Snake
- Dr. Sharmila as Sharmila, Balaji's paternal aunt
Shiv Mohaa, an associate of Bharat Bala, worked on the pre-production of the supernatural film for a year before approaching the producers and signing on JD Chakravarthy, Ashwin and Sshivada to play the lead roles. The team began production in June 2014, with scenes featuring Ashwin, Sshivada and JD Chakravarthy shot in Chennai. Further scenes will be shot in North India.
|Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||24 February 2016|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Think Music India|
|Producer||Nivas K. Prasanna|
|Nivas K. Prasanna chronology|
The soundtrack was composed by Nivas K. Prasanna and it received positive reviews from critics. Behindwoods gave it a 3/5 saying that it is a "soulful" album which "one might take time to warm up to it." Indiaglitz also gave it a 3/5 saying it is "for the melody lovers."
|1.||"Uyire Un Uyirena"||Kabilan||Anirudh Ravichander||4:44|
|2.||"Veredhuvum Nijamae Illai"||Madhan Karky||Haricharan||5:07|
|3.||"Engae Ponnai"||Kabilan||Vijay Prakash, Neeti Mohan||5:38|
|4.||"You Are In My Heart"||Tyler Done||Natalie Di Luccio||5:54|
|5.||"Indha Kaadhal Illaiyel"||Kabilan||Nivas K. Prasanna||4:23|
Behindwoods gave it a 2.25/5 saying that it has "good research, strong music, but a complicated screenplay." The Hindu stated, "From a thrilling tale about a woman battling mental illness, the film, for all its signs of promise, reduces itself to another exorcism story." Deccan Chronicle gave it a 2.5/5 saying that it is "a thrilling ride into the unknown." The Times of India gave it a 3/5 saying that, "Zero is certainly that rare film where the audience is unsure where it will go next."
- "A ghost from biblical times for Mankatha Ashwin".
- "Shivada signs `zero`, a supernatural thriller". Sify.
- "Horror Story with a Difference". The New Indian Express.