Director: Vikram Bhatt forged: Mahaakshay, Tia Bajpai, Arif Zakaria, Achint Kaur
Vikram Bhatt would possibly have succeeded in including the phantasm of intensity in each frame of Haunted with the current 3-D era however his story remains hollow. He would possibly ought to his credit India’s first stereoscopic movie but regrettably he can’t avoid stereotypes in his storytelling.
The plot is set on the historical premise of a haunted mansion in a secluded hill-station, which actual-property broker Rehan (Mahaakshay) has come to promote off. Caretaker Ramu kaka is substituted by way of a ragpicker substitute, whose first phrases on seeing Rehan is ‘ music bahut der kar di aane mein beta ‘. From flickering lighting fixtures, creaking doorways, falling chandelier, antique image-frame, rustic piano, putting cadaver, shrill screams to an inviting tune quantity as the clock strikes 3, the ghost tries each trick within the alternate to make its presence felt. regrettably its try lacks new ‘spirit’.
An 80-yr vintage letter, still in crisp situation, unveils a quick flashback. turns out that Meera (Tia Bajpai) turned into brutally raped by way of the spirit of her piano teacher (Arif Zakaria). Ever seeing that, she is constrained in the haunted house. notwithstanding having no non-public connect with her, Rehan remains stimulated sufficient with the mere century-vintage correspondence, to help Meera.
to add a few range to the ‘useless’ story, Bhatt brings time-journey into image as Rehan is going again in time and the complete flashback repeats itself. With that, memories of the recent real terrible movie movement Replayy strikes your mind, though mercifully Bhatt doesn’t reduce to rubble matters as badly. So Vikram takes you returned to 1920 or a few such generation to re-ignite redundant romance. additionally the director takes the time-tour theme a little too actually and brings again prehistoric horror factors while ghosts have been both 1/2-burnt rubber-masked zombies or ‘blue-eyed boys’ of Ramsay movies. Lockets, magical potions, phantom-scary crosses – there is the whole thing that you may associate with the technology.
If it’s no longer sufficient, there’s also a tribute with the aid of Vikram to Betaal, the highflying treetop ghost from Indian folklore, as actress Achint Kaur almost reprises the corpse’s person in her white tunic, doing airborne antics within the pre-climax. And after scaring away the ghost with Hanuman Chalisa chants in 1920 , here he shoos it off through Sufi Dargah – perhaps the director’s idea of spiritual equality. Bhatt clearly, the director maintains his consistency within the climax of all his horror films, which has in no way changed from Raaz until Shaapit . he’s specially in his ‘elements’ within the penultimate moments which contain emancipation of evil in fireplace or water.
The writing with the aid of Amin Hajee is traditional although he tries to dish out a few distinction with the time-journey twist. The idea is by no means to establish the distinction among the past and gift era, like in motion Replayy , apart from a track-dance variety right here and there. So no additional attempt is needed to recreate the bygone technology, past the use of antique motors or history systems. additionally thankfully, now not a good deal time in expended at the protagonist’s disbelief within the supernatural. Rehan involves phrases with the horror in his residence quite soon and probes into the puzzling beyond.
Vikram Bhatt spooks you greater with the anticipation of the horror than the horror itself. you’re demanding until the point the evil arrives but as soon as it does, it fails to spook you. The sound outcomes are overdone, at times. Of the few thrill and terror moments is the only in which the possessed Achint Kaur wags out her prolonged tongue. Praveen Bhatt’s cinematography aptly captures the splendor of the scenic hill-station. The dialogues, but, are cliched to the middle. Chirantan Bhatt’s tune incorporate of a few ‘soulful’ tunes.
Brent Robinson’s stereography is commendable, as he adds depth to each body with the new-age three-D era. however, one does desire that there were more ‘to your face’ interesting moments, which might be the actual beauty of any 3-D film. Haunted does not tap the potential of a 3D movie to the hilt. although for a first of its kind attempt, it’s certainly praiseworthy. The period but could have been shorter, esp. with the viewer having to bear the weight of the heavy glasses for long.
Mahaakshay bears the equal expression on his face throughout and appears too stiff. Tia Bajpai seems like a version of Celina Jaitly, both, in terms of look and overall performance. Arif Zakaria hams. Achint Kaur holds your interest for some time.