WWW (2021) Review: Adith Arun and Shivani Rajashekar’s Virtual Life Takes a Dark Turn

WWW the abbreviation to ‘Who Where Why’ is a 2021 film on SonyLIV which is Telegu language’s first computer screen feature film. The film is produced by Dr. Ravi Prasad Raju Datla under the banner Ramantra creations and presented by D. Suresh Babu. The screenplay, cinematography and direction are by K V Guhan and feels heavily inspired by the 2018 mystery thriller Searching by Aneesh Chaganty. The cast of WWW includes actors Adith Arun, Shivani Rajashekar, Sandeep Bhardwaj, Riyaz Khan, Satish, Satyam Rajesh, Priyadarshi, Divya Sripada, Viva Harsha, Vennela Ramarao and others. The film has a total approximate runtime of 1 hour 40 minutes.

– WWW review does not contain spoilers –

WWW: A Virtual World, A Virutal Friendship, A Virtual Hostage

It is always impressive when a film starts from the climax, without giving us an end result and then moves back in time to tell us what events led to the first scene we witnessed. A very good example of this type of filmmaking would be the 2018 film Andhadhun. WWW uses the same tactic to keep its audience surrounded by a nail-biting atmosphere from the start. The film opens with Adith Arun’s character tying a rope around his neck- what led to the decision, what happens next, both are not revealed as the film travels exactly 3 months, 22 days, 7 hours, 27 minutes, 44 seconds ago from that moment.

We meet four friends- Vishwa, Christy, Ashraf and Sadha, all connected virtually through a video call. We are introduced to the different locations they stay in Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi and Chennai. Friends as well as business partners, these four are tied together with their project titled LogicX Software Solutions. Spending all day in front of their screeners and never meeting in person and perpetually spending their lives on the screen, our four leads’ friendship blooms with time. Vishwa, virtually, even falls in love with Christy’s flatmate, Mithra.

However, soon this pleasant life turns upside down when Mithra and Christy are attacked by an unknown man. Vishwa, who was on a video call with them, witnesses the horrors take place on the other side of the screen, helplessly. But, who is this man? Why is he attacking them? And, the greatest question, what happens next?- is all going to be answered by the end of the film, hold on tight and know that nobody is safe in this virtual world.

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WWW is a good attempt is creating a thriller inspired by the heavy cyberattack India faces making it the second most cyber-attacked country in India. The film transforms from a light-hearted film about blooming virtual romance (Mithra and Vishwa) and hilarious friendship (between our four leads) to a dark, twisted tale of murder and crime.

Music director Simon K King lends his expertise to use to background score as a form of storytelling and setting the tone for the film. The editing by Thammi Raju and cinematography by K V Guhan are on point. However, a major drawback of the film is definitely the villain, who doesn’t seem purposeful and is not as intimidating as they try to show him. But, the uncertainty of what happens next surely captures you.

WWW: Final Verdict

WWW is a mystery thriller that keeps you engaged and engrossed till that last doorbell rings, giving an open ending to the viewers to interpret what happens after our characters leave the screen to us.

The 2021 film WWW is presently streaming on the platform SonyLIV.

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WWW is Telegu's first computer screen feature film that depicts the horrors of being cyber attacked.

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WWW (2021) Review: Adith Arun and Shivani Rajashekar’s Virtual Life Takes a Dark TurnWWW is Telegu's first computer screen feature film that depicts the horrors of being cyber attacked.