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Friday, February 17, 2012
Horror
Yash Dave and Allison Patel
Yaman Chatwal, Varun Thakur, Manvi Gagru, Sonam Mukherjee, Akhlaque Khan, Chirag Jain, Kiran Bhatia.
The film is simply raw footage of a bunch of young kids out to make a short film when their encounters with eerie spirits get recorded in a ghoulish camera.

The plot: A group of college friends set out to a remote location to shoot a short film as a part of their project. It’s fun time but soon they start coming across strange and eerie situations in the haunted bungalow they are living in. The spooky incidents increase and within no time each starts getting possessed by the spirits. One by one all of them start getting eliminated and finally what remains is the camera with the footage.

The good: It’s shot naturally and realistically. This found footage style is somewhat new to Indian cinema and it is a big, positive step forward. The dialogues are brilliant, humorous and very natural, which make it more believable. The sounds and camerawork are also scary enough to send a shiver down your spine. The acting is commendable by the entire cast. The direction is simple yet effectively scary.

The bad: The film has nothing beyond the footage found in the camera and makes no interesting revelations about spirits or the secrets of a haunted house. In that sense it doesn’t have a storyline and plot. It also tends to sometimes get naïve as the scenes are a little more funny than actually scary.

Overall:  It is definitely worth a watch if one enjoys a thriller told in experimental style. One might think of comparing it with Paranormal Activity but sometimes it’s better to watch a film unfettered by odious comparisons.

– Pooja Thakkar
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