>A group of friends develop a software application that could be used for social networking site Facebook to prevent users from using fake identities and take unsuspecting people for a ride. The 'group leader'>Suryawho alone has the password for the newly-developed application mysteriously dies in a road accident. Is it an accident or murder?
Six friends, who grew up together, decide to take up something challenging in life. For many reasons, they are unhappy with the jobs they do. Real estate Raja who is not educated like the rest and has absolutely no knowledge of computers, goes all out to fund a project that could help weed out people with fake identities from the social networking site. The friends start work on Raja's idea.
There's a reason why Raja feels such a software application is undertaken. (Nischal) can't help but fall for every girl who comes his way. He befriends a girl on the social networking site and when he tracks her down to her house, to his horror, he discovers 'she' is a 'he'. Raja and the others make fun of him, but the incident gives rise to the idea of the new software.
Everyone is excited about the software application that is being developed and Surya (Surya), who is the 'group leader' even gets a Facebook senior functionary, Srinath Mahalingam (Suresh) in the US, interested in this idea. While the friends are on their way to the airport, tragedy strikes. Surya meets with an accident and dies.
The friends cannot come to terms with the death of a dear friend and when they examine his phone, they find a voice recording of the last call Surya took. The voice is that of Jessica, who turns out to be a brain mapping specialist. Mysterious as it sounds, it is she who appears responsible for his death. With the police, the friends rush to Jessica's house only to find her dead body. Surya's murder turns even more mysterious. The question really also is: Who killed Jessica?
Director R P Patnaik has chosen the backdrop of social networking to tell a murder mystery in a gripping manner. While the value of friendship is something that he stresses upon, the more important message that is conveyed is to make proper use of social networking sites. He also gets the Nigerian letter frauds into focus with a character who falls into the trap.
With practically all newcomers as the 'friends', the director was able to extract the right performance from each of them. If the mass masala movies offers stuff that is so predictable in the form of raunchy numbers or bloodshed, 'Friendsbook' is refreshing. The first half appeared to drag a bit, but as the mystery deepens, it could be an edge-of-the-seat thriller.