Vikram Bhatt pulls out all stops to enthrall with his latest horror flick
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Writer: Amin Hajee
Cast: Mahaakshay, Tia Bajpai, Arif Zakaria, Achint Kaur
Fuck, this Vikram Bhatt is turning out to be quite a dude! He’s been making horror films for quite some time now and this time he’s come up with a whopper. Haunted has a story that’s pretty interesting and scary scenes that will make your heart rate shoot up. The film does have its flaws and share of clichés, but makes up for it in the second half.
Mahaakshay has 10 days to make sure everything’s okay with a 100-year old mansion his dad is selling off to a client. But nothing’s okay with the mansion. From the first night onwards, Mahaakshay hears screams and has locks breaking and books falling and doors that open and shut on their own. Attempt to capture the goings-on with the help of video cameras prove futile, even as he sees a young girl playing the piano in an isolated section of the house. A chillum-smoking bum shows up every now and then to tell Mahaakshay that it is only he (Mahaakshay/Mimoh) who can unravel the mystery behind the screams and set things alright.
Our hero is a brave lad who always runs towards the screams and other bizarre sounds, always ready to face whatever there is. He finds a letter from book that keeps dropping off the shelf and here’s the flashback scene: The young girl who lives in that house kills her piano teacher because he tries to rape her. The teacher comes back as an evil spirit and kills the servants and rapes the girl every night. Unable to handle this daily violation of her body, the girl hangs herself, but still isn’t free from the evil spirit. It is now her spirit that gets raped by the evil spirit.
Mahaakshay, to help this girl, must feel her pain in order to become one with her, and he goes back eighty years in time to the point at which the unfortunate rape attempt happened. Now that he is in the past, he must change the course of destiny…
The real fun of watching Haunted begins only after the interval, when Mahaakshay befriends the girl. His efforts at thwarting the rape attempt and subsequent murder go in vain, and there the movie takes another direction.
Vikram Bhatt pulls out all stops to enthrall his audience with Haunted. There is Arif Zakaria (the piano teacher, the evil spirit) raping the girl (Tia Bajpai), and Achint Kaur (her nanny) turning into a spooky demon that can fly, move objects at will and climb down trees in the eeriest fashion.
In 1920 (which I thought was a good effort), the ghost is destroyed by a recital of the Hanuman Chalisa, and in Haunted, it is the opening of the door of a dargah (Sufi shrine) that blows the demonic Achint Kaur far away. In both 1920 and Haunted, there is a Christian priest praying, and in both the movies… the priest dies, heh!
A special note to my fellow reviewers: If you can believe there is a ghost in the movie, what is your problem if the ghost is a lusty rapist? You shit-cocks get excited about dull movies like Shor In The City because they happen to be offbeat, but are the first to laugh at every attempt a horror flick makes to scare you? FUCK YOU, YOU PRETENTIOUS MOTHERFUCKERS. I’LL REVIEW YOU SOMEDAY AND THEN YOU’LL LEARN.
Haunted is an ‘offbeat’ horror story written by Amin Hajee and it has been directed very well by Vikram Bhatt. It is a paisa vasool movie that had me covering my eyes, smiling at Mahaakshay’s antics (the cell-phone and dance scene), sitting at the edge of my seat, and raising the horns every now and then. And I didn’t see the 3D version. Win, Vikram Bhatt.