• Nothing scary here
- Manisha Neupane, Kathmandu

Nov 2, 2012-

It’s been quite some time since Bollywood has offered anything that might be called ‘thrilling’ or ‘scary’. It’s not that films belonging to the ‘horror’ genre are not being made, it’s just that they aren’t being made well.The most recent horror to be churned out by Bollywood, 1920 Evil Returns, is a film that belongs to the same list of not-so-scary horror movies. With no scenes that are even remotely terrifying, the film is a complete waste of both time and money. Vikram Bhatt, who once wrote scripts to what were some rather thrilling films (Raaz for instance), has failed to incorporate the ‘horror quotient’ into this one. And the director, Bhusan Patel, has obviously not been able to do anything interesting with Bhatt’s flat script.

Set in the 1920s, the film tells the tale of Smurti (Tia Bajpai) and Jaidev (Aftab Shivdasini). Smurti and Jaidev have never met, but they are in love with each other. It is when the two decide to meet in person that the story takes one of its many strange (and insensible) twists. The film unfolds as the mystery behind their love story, and that of the evil spirit that ails Smurti, are explained, but there is hardly anything interesting.

The first half is very dull, as the only element in the film that’s supposed to ‘scare’ the audience are a few nasty screams. To be fair, the second half develops a bit more interestingly, but the very few elements of suspense and complete lack of ‘thrills’ brings the film down horribly. I can certainly say that I was not disappointed with the actors’ performances because I didn’t expect much from either Bajpai or Shivdasini. To be honest, I have to say Bajpai that has actually acted quite impressively (compared to what she usually does) in some scenes that show Smurti being troubled by the ‘evil spirit’. The second film in the 1920 franchisee is more tedious than its first instalment (which wasn’t very good either).

I believe it would be best if horror filmmakers take this movie as a wake-up call—it is time for all those who are enthusiastic about the genre to start making better films. 1920 Evil Returns is most definitely a film to miss. The latest James Bond movie is town as well so you have a better option at hand, anyway.

Published: 03-11-2012 09:34

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