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13 B critic rating (Hindustan Times): 2
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13 B critic rating (The Telegraph): 2.5
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13 B critic rating (Times of India): 3.5

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13 B  (2009 - Hindi)

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13 B cumulative rating: 3.1 out of 53.1/5 (43 users)

13 B critics rating: 2.2 out of 5 2.2/5 (7 critics)

My Rating

  • 13 B rating: 6 out of 10(Indraneel Majumdar wrote on 17 Mar 2009)

    This is a new genre unseen in Hindi films before. The setting is horror but it runs like a slick suspense thriller through Manu (Madhavan) the younger son in the household that is afflicted by strange happenings after they have shifted in there.
    The story kicks off with lifts not responding to Manu, then mobile cam pics getting skewed in the house, a dog being afraid of getting in and a serial that is uncannily similar to what happens in the house.
    The happenings start to get gory with a flashback of the previous owners of the plot where the apartment complex is now. The story picks up more pace with more uncanny coincidences.
    Madhavan rocks in the role of the troubled yuppie. He is in the zone constantly, with his body language, his skills with Hindi and English and his skills at romance with his wife Priya (Neetu, who is wonderful in her scenes).
    There are other notables too like Deepak Dobriyal (who playing a mentally handicapped guy is spell binding in his cameo) and Murli Sharma (whose body language during his dialogue delivery and his speech tones are just awesome).
    PC sreeram is the DOP and like always he hits a high note with his work again. I see something new again with the camera as the base for various closed or zipped up objects through out the home in the opening scene as the family is being introduced to us. This is a trippy scene done very imaginatively. He follows up with a formula of alternating long shots and extreme close ups to induce the fear within us. The framing of inanimate objects also turns out to be very classy. The hammer or the lift well or the photo on the wall are framed from unnatural angles to induce interest in the viewer and he succeeds. There are some jerky hand held shots that could have been avoided.
    The failing if any, is of the director Vikram K Kumar. He got an excellent script. In Hindi cinema, that itself is a big feat but chose to prolong scenes to where it started to grate a little bit and the interest started to flag.
    The idea is to enter a scene last and exit it at the earliest. I would not know if the editor was the boss here or the director but would lay the blame at the door of the director. Horror/thrillers and pthers in the adrenalin business cannot allow things to flag and it did in the first half. The second half was far better. That also tells me that the film should have been trimmed. Of course, it would take away scenes of Madhavan, the star here but so be it.
    The music was nice. A song in a dream sequence was very unnecessary, but I guess it was there for the Tamil version.

    In all, an above average movie that plays honest!

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