Curse keeps you glued to seats
Cast: Aditya Narayan, Shweta Agrawal, Rahul Dev, Shubh Joshi, Murli Sharma, Nishigandha Wad
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Being screened at Gopi Krishna
KATHMANDU: After two successful horror movies — RAAZ and 1920 to his credit, director Vikram Bhatt has once again come up with yet another movie of same genre — Shaapti to scare his audiences. As in his previous movies, this time also Bhatt has introduced new actor Aditya Narayan and Shubh Joshi and has succeeded in exploiting their talent. Shaapit is all about how a curse troubles and stops a young couple from getting married.
With nicely woven plot and a series of complications the storyline creates curiosity among the audience about what would happen next. However, the movie scares one well during some genuinely chilling scenes, if not in many.
The movie begins with Aman (Aditya Narayan) proposing to Kaaya (Shweta Agrawal) on her birthday party. As the young couple drives off together, Aman sees an evil spirit and the car takes a spin and bounces off the road, almost killing both of them. When Kaaya’s parents (Murli Sharma and Nishigandha Wad) discover the engagement ring on their daughter’s finger, the father explains to the couple that 300 years ago their family had incurred the curse of an angry Brahmin. The curse brings death to any female of the family if she tries to get married. Determined to get Kaaya, Aman goes to Prof Pashupathi (Rahul Dev), who can find ways into the spiritual world, seeking help to get rid of the curse. Then Aman with his friend and Pashupathi jointly begin their journey in search of the evil spirit.
Before going on the mission, Aman hands over the engagement ring to Kaaya, which lands her in yet another accident. But Aman saves her yet again and she too joins them.
Though there are minor mistakes in the movie, the plots keeps you hooked to the mysteries being unfolded. Bhatt’s storytelling is smooth and direction is equally commendable while the background score proved effective in increasing the intensity of the thrill. The sets are also excellently. Singer-turned-actor Narayan has proved his acting mettle in his first movie. His confidence as a debutant is a sign of a bright future for him in the industry. Agrawal has less scope as she is sidelined in the second half. Dev has performed his part well while Joshi has also executed his job with aplomb.
Overall, Shaapit carries an essence of a true horror movie, which is worth a watch, especially if you have liking for some other-world thrills.