Shiva (Vijay) is a carefree thug on job hunt. He buys a vintage car and turns a cab driver on a Mechanic friends advice. He experiences strange things inside the car. Passengers too complaint spooky things happening.
He realizes that there is a ghost in the car tries to get rid of it. But it returns back to him. He employs a exorcist to ward of the evil. Twist in tale arises as a passenger dies suspiciously. Shiva learns that the ghost is on revenge spree.
Shiva and his friends try to find out its original owner’s back story. He meets Malavika in the process. They get to know that some family curse and astral projections involved in it. How does Shiva deal with the ghost? Why is the ghost residing in Shiva’s car? Will it accomplish its vendetta?
Taxiwala is billed to be paranormal thriller. First half is filled with some fun moments on family and romance backdrop. Comedy is created with spooky elements. Leisurely, story gets into the actual theme.
Shiva’s antics with the ghost are chuckle some. Some surprising twists creates suspense. The film gets racy as the mystery starts unfolding in the second half. Flashback episodes and the conflict point are convincing.
The concept of astral projections and stuff are explained in haphazard manner that they doesn’t create the intended impact. Film gets predictable and hence dragged towards the climax but its interestingly dealt.
Technically, Taxiwala is well made. Cinematography is top-notch. VFX is okay to the limited scope. Racy music enhances the creepy feel. Direction is decent bits and pieces.
Vijay Devarakonda is cool in his usual attitude. Priyanka Jawalkar is here to stay. Malavika is apt in her role.
Bottom-line: Taxiwaala – Throttling Taut Thriller
Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jawalkar, Malavika Nair
Director: Rahul Sankrityan
Music: Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography: Sujith Sarang
Producer: Geetha Arts, UV Creations
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