Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
Starring: Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra, Vishal Karwal
More groans of despair than giddy screams of terror was probably not what actor Sharman Joshi and director intended with the third installment of the 1920 horror film franchise.
The film has the unique distinction of being disappointing in not one, but two genres of storytelling: horror and romance.
The year is, of course, 1920, and average Joe, Jai (Sharman Joshi), a voodoo specialist come exorcist from Rajasthan, is in love with the rich Shivangi (Meera Chopra). Unintentionally humorous is that her family disapproves of him for being of from a lower caste, and not that he dabbles in the dark arts.
Shivangi is hurriedly married off to the equally successful Veer (Vishal Karwal) from London and both move into a stately English manor. A locket arrives then arrives and its resident evil spirit possesses Veer’s body. Thankfully, the manor’s dowdy, old caretaker sees exactly what’s going on: black magic, of course. Shivangi rushes back home at her advice and somehow manages to convince her spurned ex-lover Jai to accompany her back to London to extract the evil spirit from Veer’s body.
The movie relies on every horror film trope that ever existed. There are creaking doors and floors, shots of dark haunted mansions, unoccupied rocking chairs that mysteriously move, a screaming hapless heroine, a flying exorcist, a man eating raw meat to prove his possessed-ness, a screeching witch and an evil spirit with a fondness for playing hide and seek.
The film is let down by a feeble script and a trio of performances that are just about passable.
Meera Chopra has a troubled, pinched expression for most of the movie while Vishal Karwal doesn’t have much to do except, well, act possessed.
It is Sharman Joshi, who has established himself as an actor with impeccable timing in movies like 3 Idiots, who seriously disappoints. His lacklustre display could unfortunately set his career back immeasurably.
Give this film a miss.
Source: art & life