Boomika is a 2021 Indian Tamil-language eco action thriller horror film written and directed by Rathindran R. Prasad. The film is also touted as the first film with the genre of eco action thriller. The film stars Aishwarya Rajesh, Avantika Vandanapu, Vidhu and Pavel Navageethan. The film resembles similar to the storyline of Karthik Subbaraj’s directorial Mercury. It was directly released via Star Vijay on 22 August 2021 and streamed internationally through Netflix.
The movie begins with a man driving home to visit his pregnant wife in Nagapattinam. While talking to her on the phone about a recently-concluded construction deal, his car collides with an oncoming truck, killing him.
Meanwhile, Samyuktha “Sam” (Aishwarya Rajesh) – a psychologist based in Ooty, is seeking medical therapy for her 4-year-old son – Siddhu, who suffers from speech impediment. Sam’s husband, Gautham, is a rising architect, who has just concluded a deal for the refurbishment of a deserted compound, for a politician. To focus on the project, the couple invites Gautham’s childhood-friend, Gayathri – a reputed architect, and Aditi – Gautham’s sister, to live with them at the compound.
While preparing to stay at the compound for the night, Gayathri begins texting with Krishna, an old-friend of hers. While sending a selfie of her and Aditi to him, he eerily replies that, he too, will be seen the picture – if they “begin to take things more seriously”. However, Gautham reveals that Krishna, had died in a car accident the previous night, and that phones don’t get satellite connectivity at the compound. Soon after, more paranormal activities begin to occur; Gayathri’s phone begins to regularly beep with newer messages, despite her even having removed its battery. Concurrently, the power blacks out. Horrified with the recent events, the group attempts to flee, only to thwarted by their malfunctioning car.
Having retreated back into the compound, Sam and Gayathri deduce that the recent texts weren’t sent by “Krishna”, given his premature demise, but that of a paranormal source. Gautham then divulges that the compound, was earlier a school, which had been deserted over ten-years ago, on account of paranormal activities in the aftermath of a girl’s death – infamously known as the “Mount Roseyard School Mystery”. While seeking to find clues about the school’s history, the group discovers several magazines with articles relating to the mystery; the pages of the articles are missing. Concurrently, Aditi – petrified with the recent events, attempts to flee, only to be ambushed by a pack of wild dogs. Gautham and Dharman – the compound’s security guard, manage to save her, despite all three getting injured. While treating Aditi, the group discovers the torn pages in the house of the school’s former librarian.
While reading the pages, the group learns that the girl in-question, Boomika – was the autistic daughter of the librarian, Ganesan. Boomika – an exceptionally-talented artist, and a nature lover, was well-known for her astonishing works of art. She had spent most of her time, either painting in an abandoned flat, or leisuring in the nearby forest, despite Ganesan’s wishes for her to pursue proper education. With a growing reputation – she was admitted into the school; however, she had died mysteriously afterwards. In the aftermath of her death, the entire school and the surrounding residents were reported to have migrated elsewhere, after reports of multiple murders in the area.
Dharman bizarrely quips that Boomika and the Earth “are the same” – it will take revenge on anyone who dares to “desecrate it”. Gayathri deduces his view as the Gaia Hypothesis – that the Earth itself is a single, self-regulating organism, while other living forms thrive in a sort of symbiotic relationship with it; any organism which threatens to destabilize the Earth’s ecological balance with ruin, will be killed. Elsewhere, Gautham visits the abandoned flat where Boomika used to paint, and witnesses the wall-paintings moving. Simultaneously, a paranoid Aditi, manages to musters enough courage to destroy Gayathri’s phone – which she believes is the root cause for the recent events. Gayathri follows her, only to stop dead in her tracks, when she sees a ghastly apparition – presumably Boomika’s spirit, behind Aditi. “Boomika” knocks out Aditi and Gayathri, and begins to chase Sam, who attempts to flee. Dharman manages to create a distraction; he is knocked out instead. Sam reunites with Gautham; they rush back into the compound upon realizing than Siddhu was left behind. Sam finds Siddhu painting with “Boomika”; she leaves a few moments later, without harming him, but not before Siddhu utters “Thank You”, indicating that he overcame his impediment.
With “Boomika” presumably gone, the group vacates the house. In the aftermath of the night’s events – Aditi is shown to be receiving therapy for trauma, Gayathri is recuperating from her injuries, Dharman has retreated to his hometown, Siddhu has regained his ability of speech, while Gautham remains in Ooty to focus on the refurbishment project; he cautiously conducts a bhumi puja (sacred rituals), in an attempt to prevent “Boomika” from returning. Elsewhere, Sam, who is visiting Gayathri in Bengaluru, is told by the latter about the true circumstances behind Boomika’s death – Boomika had committed suicide, distraught with the then-ongoing infrastructure projects – which had threatened deforestation of the surrounding forests. Gayathri further reveals that Ganesan was intimidated to remain silent, and that the target of the murders which occurred in the aftermath of her death, were all people related to construction-activities. Gayathri realizes that Boomika’s actions matches the Gaia Hypothesis – just as how the Earth would “kill” anyone which threatened to destroy its ecological sanctity, “Boomika” had murdered the construction workers, whose activities had threatened to cause ruin to her environment. Realizing that Gautham may be in danger, Sam rushes back to Ooty; it is shown that she had persuaded him to continue with the project, despite the paranormal events, and that Krishna was the one who had mediated the deal between Gautham and the politician – thus resulting in his death in the car crash (the politician was also murdered a while later).
Upon her return to Ooty, Sam is told that Gautham is about to refurbish the abandoned flat; however, she is too late to save him, as the flat’s door locks Gautham inside, leaving him trapped, much to Sam’s despair. Gautham witnesses the wall-paintings moving once again; he sees “Boomika” right in front of him. She lets out a scream, before the screen cuts to black – implying that she is about to kill Gautham.