Written by Manisha Lakhe
Should Have Kept The Story Buried There
A novelist and her sister are in a bungalow in Lonavala
which is haunted. Before you facepalm at every cliche in
the horror genre you will see in this film, spare a thought
for the actor Vedita Pratap Singh who gives the role of a
girl possessed her everything. She’s very good, but the
rest of the story and other actors are terrible. Could have
been a good fun scary story but ends up being silly.
Yes, there is one moment where the sister jumps out of the
cupboard that is surprising. But it is too late, too little.
The story is straightforward. A publisher asks a writer to write a
novel based on his story, and offers his Lonavala bungalow for
the writer (and her annoying sister) to write in peace and quiet.
Of course the bungalow has a caretaker Shambhu (who is very
conveniently absent when the hauntings begin).
Let’s list horror film cliches that crowd the film after the two girls
reach Lonavala. The writer begins to hear things. The writer
obliges us with a swimwear scene. You hear more strange
noises, the writer (Vedita Pratap Singh) explores the bungalow.
She sees the ghost, the ghost enters her body with a jerk, she
does bones of the neck cracking action, her hair that is in pretty
curls suddenly turns into something out of evil ‘Hairspray’ –
teased beyond belief. When the ghost occupies her body, the
writer’s eyes suddenly become wider and dark circles are
added around her eyes.
The writer goes to the ‘cupboard’ and suddenly is out on the
street seducing some passing motorist, calls him in for coffee
and yes, there is a gratuitous lovemaking scene. When she
wakes up, she does not remember anything. That’s when we
realise that the ghost enters and goes out of her body at will.
The sister realises something is wrong when her sister suddenly
grabs the bowl of chicken and is then shown sitting on top of a
cupboard eating like an animal. The sister has called the writer’s
best friend and her fiance. Of course the ghost attempts to
seduce the poor fiance. They call Jane the exorcist and then a
Hindu exorcist (what is Rajesh Sharma doing here, you wonder!).
There is a crucifix (and the Lord’s prayer) as well as a pocket-
sized trishul (the three pronged spear that Shiva carries). There
is levitation (after all what is a ghost film without levitation?!)
The film has so many cliches you feel terrible for the lead actor
Vedita Pratap Singh. She does her best, but the story around
her is so terrible, you sigh and wait for the evil doll to be
destroyed. Yes, there’s that cliche too. The terrible horror films
that Ramsay Brothers made still rule Indian Halloween!
(This review appears on nowrunning dot com)