Gautam Vasudev Menon who is undoubtedly the best craftsmen at his work has a special liking towards psycho thrillers. He often makes films in this genre and Erra Gulabeelu is the latest one from his camp. The film is also releasing in Tamil under the title Nadunisi Naigal.
Samar (Veera) lives with his father, a single parent, obsessed with sex. Samar is a lonely and helpless onlooker to his father's erratic behaviour. He is also subjected to sexual abuse by his father. Sympathising with the plight of Samar, Meenakshi (Swapna Abraham), a neighbour, informs the police. When the police arrive Samar's father shoots himself. Meenakshi adopts the orphaned Samar. The boy is showered with affection by Meenakshi and he gets attached to her. When Meenakshi gets married, an adolescent Samar is confused and unable to bear the situation kills her husband and sets fire to her. He suffers from multiple personality disorders and kidnaps young girls. From here on, the audience is taken on one hell of an excruciating journey of one atrocity after another.
The highlight of the film is the performance of Veerabahu and Sameera Reddy. Veerabahu, though a debutant, showed different emotions in a right perspective. Even as she enters in the second half, Sameera Reddy also showcased an impressive performance. Samantha is good. Swapna Abraham is credible in her role. Deva is effective as the police officer. All others fit their roles.
Gautham Menon weaves a very plausible story and the main characters have been etched well. The screenplay, entwining the stories of Veera, Sameera and Deva, has enhanced the narration value adequately maintaining the suspense. Cinematography and editing have effectively supported the story-telling. Background music is good. Production values are high.
Erra Gulabeelu is a well made murder mystery and will be liked by film buffs who are addicted to suspense thriller genre. Even the general cine-goers may watch the film as a variation from the regular commercial formula films.