Khamoshiyan movie review: It does exactly what you expect
Star Cast: Ali Fazal, Sapna Pabbi, Gurmeet Chowdhary
Director: Karan Darra
A lonely cottage, a beautiful girl, a fresh-faced fellow, and sinister happenings, wrapped in a bunch of sufi-suffused songs which have already captured the airwaves.
There’s your new Bhatt Brothers film, which does exactly what you expect : plays out familiar erotic-horror-thriller ingredients on new, or almost-new faces. And that’s the secret to keep us watching, at least some of the way, because we want to know : will this be a new face that will grow, or no?
‘Khamoshiyan’ gives us, in the tradition of Vishesh Films’ long-legged beauties, Ms Pabbi. As Meera, fleeing from a dark secret, and fetching up at the cottage which looks inviting to begin with only to start revealing its horrors, first-timer Pabbi does what is required of her: looking alluring, going at it hot and heavy, and screaming in fright, lipstick immaculate at all times.
This is the kind of film in which a pretty girl goes off with a stranger without a qualm. Into a house which has no one else in it. And agrees to have a drink with him. What kind of girl does that? The girl who is just about to be terrorized, that’s who. All the better for her to be comforted by a handsome stranger (Ali Fazal), while her husband (Gurmeet Chowdhary) lurks mysteriously within. And then a body shows up =: is that human or an evil spirit?
The ‘buri aatma’ gets its chance to keep the make-up artists busy, and to give us a couple of frights. But, as always, Bollywood can’t really get serious about horror, because it needs to shove in a song at that very moment. Scary `bhoots’ are all very well, but they can’t trump ‘geets’ that will play in a loop.
‘Sargoshiyan’ rhymes so well with `khamoshiyan’, no?