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1920• Genre: Horror

• Director: Vikram Bhatt

• Cast: Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, Raj Zutshi and Indra Neel Showing at theatres near you


Bollywood filmmakers have proved time and again that when it comes to horror, they fail miserably. Apart from Bhoot, there is hardly a horror movie that has left a mark on the viewers’ psyche. Vikram Bhatt, who has given a super hit like Raaz, has come up with another scary flick and calls it his most ambitious film so far. While behind success of Raaz there was sexy and smouldering Bipasa, hot couple (then off-screen pair Dino Morea and Bipasa) with sizzling chemistry, super hit songs and script highly inspired by Hollywood, Bhatt fails in his new venture.

1920 is nothing close to his previous hit, but it does have some sequences that genuinely scary and successfully frighten you.

The movie revolves around newly married couple Arjun Singh Rathod (Rajneesh Duggal) and Lisa (Adah Sharma). They decide to lead a separate life away from their families as these were against their inter-religious marriage. After Arjun, an architect, gets a project of demolishing an old castle to build a five star hotel, they shift to Palankhet and stay in the castle. But things start getting suspicious as some supernatural power seems to trouble Lisa, and one thing leads to another and she gets possessed. Then the same old exorcism routine follows and you know what they are going to show afterwards.

The movies keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat in the first half building up the suspense and some scary scenes, but post intermission the pace is very slow. Bhatt has tried to bring out the best from both the debutant actors. Adah has taken full advantage of her role, but apart from the scenes when she is possessed, she fails to capture any attention. She looks old and boring and brings no freshness to the scenes. Rajneesh, who is a well known model, obviously is very good looking but when it comes to emoting, he is wooden.

The whole spirit and revenge angle seems to ridicule reason. And the climax when they get rid of the spirit is the most hilarious part.

Watch only for a few eerie moments.