March 19, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Shaapit is 2010 Bollywood Hindi movie by director Vikram Bhatt with Aditya Narayan, Shweta Agarwal, Shubh Joshi, Rahul Dev in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.
- Shaapit- Has the chills n thrills
- Starring: Aditya Narayan, Shweta Agrawal, Shubh Joshi, Rahul Dev
- Director: Vikram Bhatt
- Rating: 3.5 / 5
Aman (Aditya) proposes to Kaaya (Shweta) but soon after that, the same night while going to drop her they meet with a car accident. While luckily both escape unhurt, Kaaya’s parents request Aman’s parents to forget their daughter. They reveal to them the curse of a Brahmin father under which there family has been for the last 300 years. Due to this curse no girl in their family can get wed and if she plans to or does then death for her is inevitable. But a deep in love, Aman decides to fight this curse and free Kaaya from it. He along with his friend Shom (Shubh Joshi) decides to take the help of a famous occult professor Pashupati (Rahul Dev). The professor at first avoids helping Aman but after Aman shows him his dedication by taking a risk with a deadly spirit he decides to help him out. What shocks and thrills are in store for Aman, Shubh and Pashupati and what happens to Aman and Kaaya’s love story because of that forms the rest of the film.
Vikram Bhatt has already proved his mettle with the horror genre with super hits like Raaz and 1920. With Shaapit he takes one big leap forward in terms of story telling and technique. There are more than enough terror moments to keep you on the edge of your seats. Amongst them the best ones are Aman’s daring venture into the haunted library, Kaaya’s encounter with the spirit on the highway, all four venturing into a dilapidated cinema house and finally the 23 minutes long climax. Vikram is well aided with outstanding cinematography by his father, veteran cinematographer Pravin Bhatt. Dialogues by Girish Dhamija and the production design by Rajat Poddar is simply excellent. The costumes by Rahil Raja, especially in the scenes depicting times 300 years also deserve special mention. Raju Rao’s background score is effective. Chirantan Bhatt’s music is apt for the film. The problem area for the film however lies with the merging of two back stories which gets confusing towards the end.
Aditya Narayan shows no signs of this film being his debut vehicle as a main lead star. He is extremely natural. Also, it’s a rare thing for a Bollywood hero to sing his own songs and sing it really well which he does. Shweta Agrawal is impressive but sadly has nothing much to do in the second half after she is confined to a hospital bed. Shubh Joshi is just perfect for the part. Rahul Dev has portrayed the nonsense professor very well. Natasha Sinha as the wily queen is good. Murli Sharma, Nishigandha Wad as Shweta’s parents act ably.
Shaapit is the perfect film for you if you want to experience some real good chills and thrills. This film establishes the fact that when it comes to handling horror films there is no better director than Vikram Bhatt.
Shaapit Hindi Movie Independent Critic’s review 2 by IANS
Film: ‘Shaapit’; Cast: Aditya Narayan, Shweta Agarwal, Rahul Dev, Natasha Sinha; Director: Vikram Bhatt; Rating: 2.5/5
There are good spirits and bad spirits waltzing all over the place. All we have to do is reach into the past and pull out the relevant ghoul, and we are into the realm of the spooky cool.
Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Shaapit’ has a certain coherence and clarity generally denied to the horror genre. Bhatt, a past master at creating the shiver, treats the material on hand with affection and respect.
‘Shaapit’ is one of those rare horror thrillers which are not designed simply to scare the yell out of viewers. The research on spirits and ghosts that underlines the story of a boy in love and his effort to liberate his object of adoration from a 300-year-old family curse includes scholarly interpretations of witchcraft, sorcery and other spiritual know-how.
While this knowledgability is an advantage, it also dampens the spirit. While on the one hand, you appreciate the trouble taken to transport the horror genre beyond pedestrian scares, the effort to enthrust an academic dimension to the terror often hampers the free flow of the fear.
‘Shaapit’ has a climax when Aditya Narayan submerges in the ashes of an evil spirit (played by the articulate Natasha Sinha) who tries to stop him every ‘witch’ way.
The flying objects in this case are not members of the audience trying to find a way out. There are moments in the plot, shot with the compelling and persuasive genre-defining enjoyment.
Pravin Bhatt’s cinematography exudes an enchanting expertise. The film is shot in accentuated orange, yellow, black and grey hues that create a feeling of hushed expectancy and tentative beauty.
The narrative is energised by a rush of riveting episodes all meant to create a spiral of suspenseful segments in the ongoing spook-opera known as ‘How To Save Your Beloved From Evil Spirits’.
Aditya Narayan looks a little too raw and inexperienced to do a rescue the damsel in distress. He has a screen presence which could be better cultivated. He has good support from a friend (Shubh Joshi) and Rahul Dev playing a occultist academician.
New girl Shweta Agarwal would have made a better impact with less makeup.
Vikram Bhatt, always a neat, compact and straightforward storyteller, moves in two time zones. The art and decor for the sequences of palace intrigue 300 years ago suggest more papiermache than authenticity.
But the film is well-mounted and packaged with sincerity. Yup, the ghoul can be quite cool.