It has it all – Bhatt house glamour, Hashmi brand smooches and Vikram style horror plus 3D. It works.
The plot: Hell hath no fury like a star who’s lost her crown...or like a sibling who’s lost out on parental love. Imagine the wrath of a woman who’s been visited by both emotion-sapping setbacks. So when ageing box-office queen Shanaya (Bipasha Basu) gets her talons into younger star Sanjana (Esha Gupta) and invokes the devil, God help the young lady. He does.
The good: Vikram Bhatt and writer Shagufta Rafique tell it straight. There are a few simple twists but nothing very complicated, there are no mind benders out here. Relax and just get scared.
The performances melt into the straightforward narration – the devil is utterly evil to the last breath (Bipasha as Shanaya) while the good is honey-dripping sweet (Esha as Sanjana). Bipasha takes the gutsy, Vidya Balan route, unafraid to play the raw, dirty and ageing actress. Like all Bhatt films, this one too has its share of uninhibited lines like Bipasha screaming, “Are you f...ing her?” but to be fair, it’s not out of place and goes well with the personality portrayed and the cathartic scene. Esha Gupta is a vast improvement on her effete Jannat 2 debut, never mind who has dubbed her lines for her. Both girls have great, toned bodies which Pravin Bhatt’s camera captures with delight (that too in 3D, guys). The two girls do steal the show from Emraan Hashmi (oh yeah, he’s here too, as film director Aditya, caught between his ex and current loves) who is in familiar ‘been there, kissed that’ territory. The rake who reforms when he falls in love is a Bhatt favourite and the storyline doesn’t differ for Emraan this time either.
The music (Jeet Ganguly) isn’t outstanding but it blends in well. Ditto for Abbas Ali Moghul’s action scenes. Horror is a genre tailormade for 3D and the visual effects add to the get-scared feel. The climax with Ganpati coming to Emraan’s rescue will get its share of euphoric claps.
The bad: Perhaps its utter predictability. And the laughably obvious, computer-generated cockroaches. Also certain ‘how come?’ moments like Bipasha had been warned that if evil is killed, she could lose her life too. But she survives it to watch the lovers unite.
Overall: Go get scared and don’t ask questions. If there are cockroaches, there’s eye candy too.
– Bharathi S Pradhan