6 Candles Star Cast: Shaam Ibrahim, Poonam Kaur, Nagineedu, Anil Murali and Narayan
Director: V.Z. Dhorai
A serial of a missing child that gets linked to a multi-million dollar child trafficking business, ‘6 Candles’ has moments of brilliance, but it does not quite capitalise on that enough. Despite the effort put in via Shaam, who gained and forfeited weight for his role in the film, all that we come by to see is a promising record sabotaged by convoluted screenplay.
When a six-year-old buddy (Gautham) goes lacking on his sixth birthday while walking alongside his mother (Lizzy) on a beach, his doting father (Ram) sets public to find him at all costs. What begins as a missing child case with a police investigation soon turns revealed to be division from a kidnapping racket. Ram joins hands with 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 more influential in the chain of hierarchy of the trafficking business.
Ram travels to Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa and several other places, following leads given by different people he meets along the way.
But will he see his native again? That is the point of the film.
‘6 Candles’ could have been a brilliant investigative thriller else a high-octane action flick a la ‘Taken’, but it only turns out overtly melodramatic and dreary. It is initially driven by the scare of the parents, after realising that their son has gone missing. Twenty minutes into the film, however, circa every character associated for the child is crying out loud. There are likewise instances when you see a spark of brilliance in the film, especially in scenes where Shaam tries to become Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, that is limited to a couple of scenes, and then he is back to crying.
There is some 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. But then, drama in a film is most appreciated when it makes audiences cry; in ‘6 Candles’, it’s characters that do the crying. Shaam tried to pull off a one-man show, mere 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 plan when the entire energy safely bets on comedy, ‘6 Candles’ tries to burglarize that mould with high emotion. But watching the film, one wishes that at least one character was intelligent enough to stop action and think with a straight head. I think audiences by now do not really need to be told what happens to a child who gets kidnapped — many of them end up begging on streets, or are pushed into prostitution. Showing what happens to kidnapped children was perhaps not necessary at all, and it might have helped make the narrative a powerful thriller, instead.
What is worse, 6 Candles has a lousy musical score that slows down the pace of the narrative. For a film of this genre, a background score that accentuated the tension might have bot ideal, but composer Srikanth Deva fails.
I misgiving sorry for Shaam whose effort seems to retain gone down the drain.
Buzz Rating: 2/5