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1920 Evil Returns Review

Nov 02, 2012 07:38 PM 2206 views

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1920 Evil Returns Review Film : 1920: Evil returns Producer : Husnain Director : Bhushan Patel Star Cast : Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai, Sagar Saikia, Vidya Malvade. Music Director : Chirantan Bhatt Rating : 2.5 The Exorcist in 1973 has been one classic film that has been adopted, rewritten and used thread bare in Hollywood and the trend still continues to reign in Bollywood. 1920 Eviel Returns Review With several scenes directly ripped of the classic movie that has scared people to death, Bhushan Patel has failed to put together a movie that is genuine and the movie still uses the timeworn scare tactics that hardly instill fear into the crowd. Other Ratings Average Movie Rating fullfullfullfullfull2.5 Sify Not Yet Rated 1920: Evil returns Deccan Not Yet Rated The Times of India Not Yet Rated BharatStudent Not Yet Rated Rediff Not Yet Rated Story: Smruti (Tia Bajpai) has no sense of logic and refuses to accept what is logical trapped and tormented by an evil spirit residing inher house.


A servant comes to the rescue helps her with a holy mirror which would help her escape from her house while she meets Jaidev (Aftab Shivdasani), a complete stranger with whom she falls in love. The evil spirit now devours on her memories and leaves her almost dead. Meanwhile, Jaidev neck deep in love with Smruthi is convinced that she is dead as she doesn't return and becomes the dipsomaniac Devdas minus the dog. His poetic skills bring him to the banks of a river where he finds his love, literally. Smruti lays on the riverbank in an unconscious state but he does't recognize her not can Smruti recollect who the person is. She loses memory of everything. Jaidev's sister doesn't have good feelings about Smruti and his sister's feelings towards her worsen when a cemetery keeper warns her of a demonic soul in Smruti. Horror in the movie now is at its peaks as Smruti starts puking iron nails and hallucinates about ghosts. Demonic possessions begin as she is being taken to a doctor and Jaidev has no options but to believe the cemetery keeper. Who is the evil spirit? What does it aim to achieve and would the duo recognize each other later?


There are more secrets the movie holds but are best narrated on screen. Analysis : 1920: Evil returns review Story writers Vikram Bhatt and Amin Hajee have made an interesting story allowing the users ample time to connect from the first half of the film to the events of second half. Though there are ingenious parts of the movie like the bangle mystery or the love letters, they were not coupled with the scare factor. First half of the movie ends up boring with the poor direction, shadows and eyeball scare tactics are overused to the point of being battered. For those of you who haven't seen scenes from Exorcist, there are a few scary scenes that may impress you but if you have you will not stop cursing the shameless rip off. Poetic skills of Jaidev are exceptional but misplaced. You don't want to listen to a poem while you are being spooked, do you? Dialogues are just fine. Bhushan Patel hasn't taken the job seriously and that is evident with the half-boiled script. He should know better that the red eyes, lack of eyes and other similar techniques have developed tolerance in audience. New horror flicks should bring in new techniques rather than reuse and kill the joy of a scare tactic that audience are familiar with. That being said, second half is impressive.


A few hair raising scenes that make your spine go cold. Songs are a nice touch to the not very impressive first half with good lyrics prompting you to forgive the mistakes. Cinematography from Naren Kedia leaves you expecting especially after you came here expecting something like 1920. Amar Mohile’s BGM is terrible to the point of being a headache. Special effects receive mixed scores, great at times and the opposite in other scenes. Performance : 1920: Evil returns review Aftab has failed as Jaidev and chronic alcoholism is no excuse for lack of expression. Vacant looks and lack of dedication (or skill) make him a eye-sore. Overly sweet, or rather cloyingly, when she does the positive role Bajpai has impressed as the possessed one. Vidya Malvade should learn to act before she tries again since audience are paying to watch. Sharad Kellar is perfect for the hateful character he dons. Final Word: 1920 Evil Returns but without a sound plot or direction. A few decent scenes worth watching only if you have a craving for a horror movie or if you have been living under a rock. (AW- Anil) Stills from 1920 Evil returns:



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