''Cliched, yet interesting!''
After a seemingly endless series of mediocre flicks, We almost have a sense of déjà vu as Vikram Bhatt returns to the horror film genre with 1920 straight after his tour de force Raaz. While the comparisons are inevitable, 1920 is nevertheless a decent watch, although sans the oh-so-scary feel that Raaz created among the cine-goers.
1920 is set (obviously, from its title) in the India of British rule period. It’s a story of Arjun and Lisa, who oppose the world for their love and go on to marry each other fighting all odds. Soon, Arjun, who is an architect, gets an assignment of recreating an old Castle in Palampur to a Hotel. Little do they know that the Castle is not as harmless as it seems. It has not let anyone destroy it, even if it costs the lives of those who can be a threat to its existence. What’s the secret behind it ??
1920 is more of a thriller with a mild use of horror element, rather than being one of those out-n-out wanna-be horror flicks. But at the core, It’s the tale of Victory of Conviction in one’s own beliefs. Although the film initially resorts to some traditional clichéd gimmicks for its spooky moments (door making creepy sounds et al) and is quite slow-paced in its pre-interval portions, it soon settles down well and is quite engaging after the intermission.
There are definitely some nice thrilling (and shocking, too!) moments, which make up for whatever little mediocrity we are forced to witness in a few scenes. Although Vikram Bhatt’s direction could have been much more gripping, but still it does decent justice to the potential the script has (if you choose to ignore a few loose ends, that is). Initially, the Period setting seemed to be a mere prop to make the film look different and have a different ambience, but That setting was cleverly woven in the story that we have witnessed in our films quite often.
And the final 15 minutes are very well executed though quite subjective also, depending on the interest level an individual cine-goer has acquired till then.
The period setting certainly helped the film to be better-looking. And thanks to Fine camerawork and marvellous locales, the narrative makes for a great visual treat. Sound design is a little too loud at times, but fine overall. Special mention to the art work and Costumes, for They enhanced the periodical aura of the film, if not the film itself.
Songs although being okay-dokay sorts didn’t made much of a difference either. The ‘Bichua’ item number was annoyingly abrupt and pure waste.
Although the performances didn’t help this film much, they weren’t bad either. Especially Adah Sharma made full use of her author-backed role, and displayed great confidence while playing her character. Rajneesh Duggal however failed to make much of an impact. He has a decent screen presence, but needed a better role for his debut. Rest of the cast is plain ordinary, though Vipin Sharma made his presence felt after an impactful act in Taare Zameen Par.
Final verdict :-
If you are looking out for a total scary and spooky kinda movie, this won’t be your cup of tea. Rest aside, 1920 is a decently interesting film with proper share of drama and thrills.
Ratings – 2.75