Cast: Mahaakshay Chakraborthy, Tia Bajpai, Achint Kaur
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Length: 2.20 hours approximately
Vuikram Bhatt’s horrors I personally liked a lot. RAAZ and 1920, are easily in top of horror list. His latest venture HAUNTED which is been released with 3d effect is one poor film which is unintentionally funny. The film has aimless junction and the script is predictably poor. For more details, the screenplays of daily soaps sometimes may be better than that of this immature horror.
The first half do have some scenes which gives you a beat, thanks to 3d effect, but it’s the second half which gets boring and intolerable after few minutes. Some scenes are ridiculously ripped from the director’s own films. The basic premise is so puerile that the script of silliest film looks smarter. Romance gets unnecessarily added and the horror moments get backseat. Sharply visualized but lazily written, HAUNTED is a tiresome horror-thriller that has no value for your money. I wonder, why the 3d effect is wasted in this pointless film that holds only one agenda- bore you. You never quite get engaged in the story and the revolving is quite dismal. What the film needed is original nuances to make a horror and a proper script. It won’t disappoint the persons who take horror in a deeper way, but for those who had seen even couple of horrors, for them this one is abundantly unappealing.
To not take the complete credit away, HAUNTED has some poignant scenes to note. The scene where Maahakashay gets on to find her love (first half) is one sequence I took it to home. Deftly handled that scene becomes the only respite of this whole enterprise. And even some scenes although not original but yet spooky because of the 3d effect. The background score as usual goes noisy and tries to frighten you, but I wonder the background score giver understands that 3d effect gives visual effect not an audible affect.
The performances are better left unsaid. Maahakshay on whom maximum of the film is made, has no gene of acting in his bones. Helplessly expressive and lazily performed, that performance will definitely bring some unintentional laughs. I can’t pick any name that has better acting skills.
Vikram Bhatt’s shoddy direction and bad script makes for a invaluable viewing. You cannot sympathies with any of the maker. At the end, when you leave the theater just make sure that person besides you is awaked to get departing from this discordant film. It is dimwitted horror which hardly has anything top flaunt in their product.