the big opening BIG is expecting. Let’s
analyze if this BIG picture’s production
is worth a theatre visit.
Vikram K. Kumar has done his homework
and has associated some big names into
his production to make a movie which keeps
you on the hook till the riveting end.
The director might have got some inspiration
from the local horror serial ‘Aahat’
and maybe even more from Steven Spielberg’s
‘Poltergeist’ but what makes
this a joy ride is the screenplay which
zooms ahead in the second half of the
While most horror movies falter based
on the quality of writing and acting,
this has a stronger script and cast than
the usual Indian horror movies that end
abruptly but the key point of 13B are
its chilling final reels. Still a little
more gore and a few more deaths would
have helped the movie to reach greatness
but just manages to stay a branch below.
movie is about a Civil Engineer Manohar
who after moving to a new house in the
13th floor, with his whole family feels
the presence of the paranormal. He finds
out that a TV show which gets aired at
13 hours every single day is so much in
sync with their life. Manohar starts investigating
and as always ‘all hell break loose’.
Anything more on the story front would
be a crime committed to this horror flick.
The Director has done his part well but
there is a problem too the first half
drags with the usual clichés of
an Indian horror which also includes a
romantic number in the middle which is
totally uncalled for. This does put you
off and might drive you off the theatre
too. But if you do survive that torturous
first half you would experience quite
a ride in the second half of this horror.
Sreeram, the veteran cinematographer experiments
a lot and some of his experiments work
brilliantly and others, especially the
hand held shaky sequences does make you
shaky too. Editing by Sreekar Prasad is
satisfactory. The background music also
does its part in increasing the tension
of the proceedings. Shankar Ehsaan and
Loy’s music is good but totally
unneeded for this kind of cinema. The
credit roll song, ‘oh sexy mama’
is finely pictured though.
Madhavan acts like a pro as usual, his
sequence inside the room panicking and
helpless trying hard to convince his police
friend to let go is a good example on
how matured he has become as an actor.
Neetu Chandra has little to play except
to look cute and she does that quite easily.
Poonam Dhillon as Madhavan’s mom
is dignified in a small role which demands
little histrionics. While Deepak Dobriyal
overdoes his role, Sachin khedekhar impresses
us with a seasoned performance.
is by no means the best horror you could
see but it’s not the worst either.
If you can wait patiently you are bound
to get immersed in the world of Manohar
and try to solve the mystery with him.
Ready for some goose-bumpy ride?