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by : Harish V
Bobby Deol, Mugdha Godse, Sophia Handa
Ashu, Gourov Dasgupta
M/s Rupali Aum Entertainment Pvt.Ltd
genre is no stranger in Bollywood, and
apart from a handful of movies like 13B,
Raat or Bhoot very few try an original
script. The very sight of the posters
gave a small hint that the movie is a
rehash of the horror flick ‘Unborn’
but the trailers did look promising and
with the protagonist’s track record
playing heavily on me I went into the
hoping for the actor to have chosen wisely at least
this time. And the answer after almost 2 hours is
a weak affirmative nod.
Deol seems to be the most unlucky of the Deol’s,
as this talented actor usually pays heavy for not
selecting the right script. And now it has come to
such a point that his latest movie is promoted heavily
with a 3 film old actresses’ bikini pose and
him being sidelined. So can Mugdha’s bikini
bring in the audience? I should have asked the 15
odd people in the theatre about it but the movie had
already started, so I kept quiet. Now let’s
analyze if the movie does hold good.
The movie as suspected is a desi rehash of ‘Unborn’
but they have also included heavy dosage of ‘Mirrors’
too. The story is about a husband’s frantic
attempt to save his wife from the clutches of an evil
spirit which is behind her entire family. But why?
And what happens next?
The movie is high on fear factor as there are several
genuine scares which would make you sit up and the
research and investigation part seems really interesting
but unfortunately apart from that, the amateur direction
ruins the fun. The screenplay is not to be blamed
but the bad acting, amateurish dialogues, and too
many repetitive scenes, sloppy editing and unnecessary
flash montages make the ride a little discomfort-able.
But at the same time many shots have been picturized
stylishly, especially the disturbing yet very effective
title montage. And the scary parts will make you jump
up, something very hardly seen in Indian movies. The
scares were genuine and not completely relying on
the soundtrack. And as any Indian horror film the
climax just doesn’t impress. Bobby Deol trying
to battle the spirit with an iron rod is something
you have to be in the theatre to enjoy, as I almost
rolled over the floor laughing and for the fact that
in the climax suddenly the spirit becomes an 80s zombie
and walks at a .2 km per hour rate is something which
is beyond my intellectual boundary.
The movie is supposed to be a Mugdha show but Bobby
Deol takes most of the screen time and Both have come
up with a below par performance. Mugdha looks real
tired and Bobby Deol looks uninterested. The climax
when Bobby Deol sees the ghost, instead of showing
fear, keeps a face which I am trying to decipher the
whole night with the help of the great book of emotions
and I still couldn’t figure that out. Shreyas
Talpade has a guest appearance and he neither disappoints
nor does he impress. Sophia Handa was artificial and
looked out of place. Jyoti Dogra was ok.
Technically the movie has a brilliant background score
by Shutosh Pathak, an effective cinematography by
Dhimant Vyas, sloppy editing and very bad dialogues.
The special effects in a few scenes are brilliant.
Overall if you are looking for a movie which has its
moments for horror fans but cine buffs would be quite
disappointed as it’s a missed an opportunity
of becoming the best Indian horror film in recent
years. It’s like entering a scary house ride;
you do get scared many times but overall you do get
a feeling that they missed out something.
Verdict – Scream worthy but not clap
Deol, Rajeev Virani, Mugdha
Dasgupta, Dhimant Vyas
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