'Psycho' Movie Review!

‘Psycho’ is not scary than expected but with a backstory for becoming one!

Reviews 24-Jan-2020 7:16 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction: Myskkin
Production: Double Meaning Production
Cast: Udhayanidhi, Ram, Aditi Rao Hydari, Nithya Menen & Raj Kumar
Music: Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography: Tanvir Mir
Editor: N Arunkumar

Much expected on screens for a while, 'Psycho' has finally released today. Let us see how this film 'Psycho' is different from Myskkin's previous films!


Gautham (Udhayanidhi), the blind lover boy, falls in love with Dhaahini (Aditi Rao Hydari), a radio jockey such that Gautham keeps stalking her to make her understand his love. In one instance, Dhaahini promises to Gautham that she will invite him for his birthday if he finds her out where she goes on the next day and leaves him a clue in her radio show. Gautham also goes to meet Dhaahini by finding out the place whereas she is kidnapped by a serial killer, who is in a quench of collecting heads of young girls. However, the killer is about to kill Dhaahini as usual, he backs out from killing her since Dhaahini looks so confident and fearless in the hope that Gautham will come in search of her somehow by her birthday. Gautham, who is clueless about Dhaahini’s missing goes in need of help to an ex-police officer Kamala (Nithya Menen) who is handicapped. How he finds Dhaahini with the help of Kamala? What will the serial killer do next by knowing that Gautham is searching for Dhaahini? What is the backstory of the serial killer? Will Dhaahini be safe or the serial killer will kill her is revealed in the mysterious but thrilling climax of ‘Psycho’!


Coming to the analysis on the story and screenplay, the entire film goes on in a linear pattern such that the first half was an absolute thrilling flow with the establishment of all the characters with a touch of romance but with the second half was quite illogical at some instances while searching for the killer. Some of the characters like Ram as police and Narain as his superior seemed not utilized well as it was expected. What is really appreciated is somehow Myskkin tried touching the backstory i.e., the depressive cause for a human to become a serial killer! Anyways, the crimes which a serial killer makes cannot be accepted to be right and obviously we can’t definitely accept the killer to be a good person or a hero rather than feeling pity for his plight and depression. Apart from that, the music, cinematography, editing and also art direction is very realistic and gives a horrifying feel throughout the film.


Looking into the performance, Udhayanidhi as a blind person has performed well and is now actually better in performing when compared to his previous films. As a cute and pitiful heroine with the character showing slight sympathy on the serial killer, Aditi Rao Hydari was a pretty doll throughout the film. Been sitting and performing from her first frame, Nithya Menen had played a powerful and interesting character by traveling with Udhayanidhi till the mystery gets solved. Like the helpers, Singampuli and Renuka have performed their roles well. Also, Ram as an Inspector and ‘Aadukalam’ Naren as his superior has actually been less powerful than it was expected. Hope at least Myskkin knows why they were not utilized properly in performing sequences! Last but not least, Raj Kumar, as the psychic serial killer ‘Angulimali’ has performed his role well by scaring everyone in every frame he appears on the screen.

What works?

Content presented
Music and Cinematography

What doesn’t work?

Logic mistakes
On the whole, ‘Psycho’ is a normal thriller which shows that every serial killer has a story behind it! Just a one time watch among the recent psychological thriller films.

Verdict: ‘Psycho’ is not scary than expected but with a backstory for becoming one!

Ratings: 5/10

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