Meera (Tamannaah) and her family happily live in their ancient house having no idea that they are dead. It takes another living family for them to realise that they are spirits. When Saravanan (Prem) discovers that his parents died, he decides to sell the ancient house.
Meera and co don’t want that to happen and hence they try to scare away all the buyers who visit the house. Meanwhile, Senthil (Munishkanth), Kaali Venkat, TSK and Sathyan reside in the house for four days in exchange for money. What happened to Meera and her family? What did Saravanan do?
Tamannaah looks her best in Petromax and acting-wise, she has delivered her nuanced performance. Her expressions are measured and her eyes convey what it has to. After Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, this is yet another memorable film for Tamannaah.
Prem, after struggling for years in Kollywood, has gotten a solid role in Petromax and his experience has come in handy.
Munishkanth has provided the much-needed comedy and performs well in the emotional sequences as well. Along with him, Kaali Venkat, TSK and Sathyan to provide a lot of laughs.
Mime Gopi appears in a brief role, yet he has proved that he is one of the best character artists in the industry.
Director Rohin Venkatesan should be appreciated for choosing Anando Brahma to remake in Tamil. The film has a solid storyline, and he has tried to adapt it to Tamil sensibilities.
The first half of Petromax goes on in establishing the supporting characters, but it is the second half that is high on entertainment. The comedy sequences work best and it leaves you in splits.
Music director Ghibran music and the background score have worked to the film’s favour. During the scary sequences, the pulsating score gives you the jump-scare moments.
Dani Raymond’s cinematography is another advantage to Petromax. Each frame looks beautiful and captures the beauty of the ancient house.
The first half of Petromax is an utter bore with several unimpressive sequences stitched together. The flashback sequences of the supporting characters failed to invoke any emotions.
The length of Petromax seems to be a problem. Even though the film’s runtime is only two hours, it seems longer, and that’s a huge fault on director Rohin’s part.
Petromax movie tries to be a worthy remake of Taapsee Pannu’s Anando Brahma but fails to a huge extent. With a few laughs here and there, the film has offered decent entertainment.