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Bangalore India
Pretty good film in its genre!
Mar 24, 2018 11:06 AM 1620 Views
(Updated Mar 24, 2018 11:13 AM)





I just saw this film recently because I've not seen a Bollywood film of this genre in quite some time. It turned out to be quite decent overall. This is what I have to say about the same.


Anushka Sharma .aka Ruksana

Parambrata Chatterjee .aka Arnab

Rajat Kapoor .aka Qasim

Ritabhari Chakrabarty .aka Piyali


One day, Arnab and his family accidentally run over an old woman on a highway. Arnab is quite distraught and tries to contact relatives of the deceased to find that the old woman used to live somewhere in the woods adjacent to the highway and has a weird history. They locate her daughter Ruksana who seems to be reserved and bizarre, by disposition. She was hidden away somewhere in the woods. Arnab is married to a certain Piyali and works away from home.

After the formalities are over, Ruksana insists that she is scared and will stay at Arnab's residence, away from his actual home. Taking pity on Ruksana's helplessness, Arnab agrees to let her stay despite reservations. Ruksana believes in applying her new learning to day to day life. She likes to try out whatever she watches on television / real life as she is inexperienced in the ways of urban life.

That's when a series of strange events unfold. Ruksana is not what she seems to be and there's a certain equally weird character by the name of Qasim hunting her. Qasim seems to be a hunter of magical evil, of sorts. We do come to know what Ruksana may be in the second half of the film and the subsequent events are quite enthralling leading to a satisfactory end. I don't see how I can say more without giving out parts meant to have suspense value. Would be better to find out yourself.


SUSPENSE FACTOR: I think the film works as a horror / thriller of sorts although we are constantly thinking in the initial half, as to whether it is of a supernatural, scientific or psychological nature. This gets cleared out in the second half.

The suspense is not only about the true genre of the film, but also the proceedings. Hence, the suspense works at several levels and the possible options are not that evident until the last quarter of the film.

STORY & DIRECTION: The story is intriguing to those interested in the genre and the rhythm and pace of the film is satisfactory. It also explores various aspects of humanity at several points - dark half, better half of a person etc. The direction is pretty good too.

SCORING: The background scoring of the film is apt, giving the film the required push in suitable scenarios.

PERFORMANCES: Anushka's performance stands out in particular, although nobody really falters. Despite saying that though, I'm still not sure how to categorize the entity she plays.

BEST SCENES: I think most of the scenes meant to be of horror / suspense value, are better than average. I thought they achieved their purpose.

The only comic relief in the film comes through Ruksana trying out things she observes, including sex and several other things. It engenders some welcome laughter, amidst an otherwise seriously toned film.

CINEMATOGRAPHY & SPECIAL EFFECTS: I must say this aspect is quite satisfactory to the needs of the film. It didn't disappoint.

ENDING: The ending could've gone several routes. But what unfolds here is a bit different and good, I feel. It would only be fair to say "Evil is vanquished, but only as a necessary evil" to safeguard humanity's future. :D

Maybe the only somewhat disappointing part was the narration spelling out why the baby was not a threat at the end. The character Qasim divulges details in latter stages of the film, which if an attentive viewer had paid attention, would find this redundant. I did.

To conclude: This is my opinion of the film, without divulging anything which could work as a real spoiler without watching the film. I was quite entertained on watching this flick and hope you enjoy it too.

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