Kahaani Aaj Ke Gadgets Ki
Sony’s first horror show “Aahat”, when started in the 90’s had some creative stories not confined within the same old ghost plots. Later the serial (and its copies across channels) lost the innovation, and we didn’t see many films either in the last decade on the horror genre, which had a solid plot and somewhat convincing reasoning as to why things happened that way. They focused more on the screams, background noise, camera angles and hit songs. Vikram Kumar tries to create the atmosphere wherein the audience is almost regularly on their toes to witness what-next and why-that. A commendable effort…
Manohar (Madhavan), an engineer by profession, moves into a big spacious apartment numbered 13-B with his joint family – mother (Poonam Dhillon), wife (Neetu Chandra), sister, brother, his wife and their daughter. Soon he finds something is not right – milk gets spoilt every morning, the lift doesn’t work when he is alone inside it, the friendly dog of his neighbor just refuses to step-in his flat, God’s pictures can’t be put on the wall because nails refuse to tuck inside and his pictures getting distorted when taken from his mobile. He, being from the science background, still believes it to be circumstantial.
The TV’holic female team suddenly notices one day that a new soap “Sab Khariyat” has started on channel number 13 exclusively on their TV. It’s a story of a family (like theirs) which has moved to a new apartment. They are glued to this serial and mention it to Manohar as well. Manohar finds it strikingly similar to what his own family is facing everyday, that is the scenes enacted in the series actually happen to his family later. Some mishaps and unwanted things happen. He fails to find the reasons himself, and goes to his policeman friend Shiva (Murli Sharma) and together they try to find the root cause and sort the things out, which include unraveling the history of 13B…
Vikram Kumar manages to keep the interest intact by suitably mixing horror and mystery with a pinch of comic relief. P C Sriram’s camerawork is awesome. The flashback scenes are very well picturised. Sreekar Prasad’s editing is very good. Irrespective of the box office result, it is a must watch for thriller lovers. Logically there are loopholes – how come the females in the family don’t discuss this serial with their friends over phone any time, necessity of child abortion track, none of the other members noticing the strange things in the house etc. But the merits shadow these points.
Performances: Madhavan has got such meaty lead role after ages, and he delivers well. Neetu Chandra is very good in her role. Murli Sharma, Sachin Khedekar, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Deepak Dobrial are perfect in their performances. It’s heartbreaking to see Poonam Dhillon as Madhavan’s mother; and that too in an inconsequential role. Murli Sharma gets the best comic line in the film (“side track samajh ke andar sabzi kaatne”).
Music: Unexpectedly Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music doesn’t do justice to the film. The external promotional song “Sexy Mama” is average. Background score could have been better.