CAST & CREW
After ‘ Raaz’ and ‘ 1920’, Vikram Bhatt has raised the expectation bar of the audience, and he seems to be making his mark in his third horror film, ‘ Shaapit’. Aditya Narayan, the famed child actor of the late 90’s, makes his debut through Shaapit and proves that his talent has also matured along with his age.
Aman (Aditya Narayan) proposes to Kaaya (Shweta Agrawal) with a ring and takes her for a drive. However, on their way, they meet with an accident, which is due to the evil spell of a spirit. Both get admitted into a hospital. As soon as Kaaya’s parents find out the news of their daughter’s accident, they rush to meet her. When they see Kaaya lying on the hospital bed, they notice a ring on her finger and it takes no time for them to make out the cause of the accident. They tell Aman that their family is suffering from a 300-year-old curse, due to which no girl in the family can get married. Aman doesn’t let his hopes die, as his love for Kaaya overcomes his fear. He, along with his friend, meet Prof Pashupati ( Rahul Dev), who guides him to fight the evil spirit. Aman sets on a challenging journey and gets involved in a scary fight with the spirit. As it is with almost every Indian movie, in the end, the good conquers the bad. Aman defeats the evil and gets his love, Kaaya, to live happily forever.
Horror is a difficult genre to perform, but Vikram Bhatt seems to be getting better at it with his every movie. Some scenes in the movie surely leave you shocked, scared and spooky. The direction is good, meeting the expectations of the audience. Of course, nothing comes with perfection. No doubt, there are loopholes in the film. The female lead, Kaaya, is not much focused on. The plot gets a little confusing in the middle, though straightens out later. All in all, it’s a good movie if you really want to get scared.
Aditya, undoubtedly, has done a far better job than what the audience normally expects from a debutant. He seems to be familiar with the camera. Shweta seems to be a little reluctant with her approach towards grabbing the audience’s attention. Rahul Dev’s character gets you hooked to the movie. The dialogues, lighting, and the background music are just fine to match the standards of a horror movie.
A good direction with good performances. The basic element one expects- horror!
WHAT’S NOT THERE?
The storyline is clichéd. Something wrong happens in the past, which leaves a curse on the future. The two times get mingled and affect the present.
It’s a one-time watch movie, which will not fail to give you goosebumps.
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