Cast: Javed Jaffrey, Vijay Raaz, Karan Anand, Meenakshi Dixit, Niki Walia, Rishab Chadha
Horror genre is becoming a favourite genre of people and Bollywood always seemed to lack in it but now we have been offered with yet another horror movie, Lupt. This movie is no different than any other Bollywood horror movies, it showcases aatmas and creepy ghosts combined with creaky chairs, flickering bulbs and plastic dolls that bleed from their frozen eyes giving the movie an overall cliche Hindi film horror touch. This is basically a story of a family who goes on a road-trip which turns into a gloomy nightmare. The films obviously has many loop holes, being not a high budget film, but still it manages to give you a little bit of thrilling experience. The story at some points definitely send you a chill down your spine and gives you goosebumps. The ghost shown in the movie surely manages to scare you, the make-up on her is done skilfully.
Harsh Tandon (Javed Jaffrey) has been shown as a strong character with few problems of insomnia which leads him to see various supernatural things which others can’t see. Things like a blurry young girl jaywalking in front of Tandon’s car and close to being run over or a chalk-faced chudail standing in the middle of his office but these visions do not last for long just like the hair-rising shivers. Jeffery is with no doubt, an incredible actor overall and his presence in the film surely gives the film the only reason to watch it, other than watching it for passing out your time when you’ve nothing else to do. When the Tandon family heads for a vacation, comprising wife Shalini (Niki Walia), son Sam (Rishab Chadha), daughter Tanu (Meenakshi Dixit) and her boyfriend Rahul (Karan Anand), the story starts to get a little interesting and spooky. Then, as pictured, they opt for a lonely dark road, then their car breaks down and then like an obvious Hindi horror storyline, a creepy man Dev (Vijay Raaz) comes up to their rescue and offers them his outhouse, which without any surprise, is accepted by the Tandon family. The role played by each character is done pretty well for the storyline to continue but Rahul’s character was really miserable and pitiful. The story could have been managed well even without him! However, we can’t ignore the stunning acting of Vijay Raaz. He adds a weight to the scare metre.
The strange and creepy sound effects gives plus point for the film to try to scare people. And it also works most of the times. The efforts taken up by director, Prabhuraj, to make a horror movie was appreciable but it could have been done better and with better casts the film could’ve reached a level up. Better cinematography might also have helped the movie. However, this movie wouldn’t be given a positive feedback by those who are into horror genre, for them sitting through the movie without getting cold would have been a piece of cake. Like every story, this too has its own twist and turns which brings an element of delirium and eagerness. The movie has some unsolicited music which failed to impress people. The first song Bhoot Hun Main however has passably music.
Cinespeaks verdict: The story manages to scare you at unexpected times but the story is highly predictable. Not the best choice to watch it on the Halloween night but is a one-time watch for some other night.
Cinespeaks gives 2.5 stars.
Written by: RUJUTA THETE