404 movie review:
404 directed by Prawal Raman is an engaging psychological thriller. Don't go by it's name, though the name is intriguing and stands out amongs names which cry for attention. It will be a pity, if good movie lovers miss this gem of a movie. Prawal Raman does almost everything right in this movie. Unlike his earlier movies, which were coercing or cajoling people to get scared with names like 'Darna Mana Hai' and 'Darna Zaroori Hai', this movie is more like 'Darna Hi Hai'.
The story is set at a premier medical Institution in the hills of North India. A student commits suicide and the hostel room no 404 is kept locked. So, now you know the reason for the movie name. Then, some incidents of ragging takes over. So, you start wondering, where is this movie heading to? Everything moves at leisurely place, and it seems, there is no hurry. There are seniors who want to continue with the tradition of ragging, juniors, who are happy to be ragged, considering it a tradition to be honored and there is a reluctant rebel. The mystery is built in such a way, that you keep suspecting the characters. And then, there is an iconic senior, Chris (who is revealed much later...but is there on your mind, as seniors keep saying, 'isko Chris ke paas le chalte hai' type diaogues. There is a revered Professor Anirudh (Nishikant Kamath) and his wife Meera (Tisca Chopra) who play an important role in the students' lives. The warden, played by Satish Kaushik brings some comic relief in the scheme of things. Before you realize, you are drawn into the scheme of things as people change and their motivations become unclear, when everyone is a suspect and a victim too.
Rajwir Arora, from an apprehensive student to a rebel to psyched and scared for life gives a great performance for a debutant. Imaad Shah proves once again, that he has the right acting genes. His acting has the right level of restrained quality which makes him stand out.
The mood of the film is set from the beginning, as the lights dim in the theater. Don't miss the opening credits.
There is no MMS, or even, Love, Sex Aur Dhokha in this movie. But, it does manage to hold your attention and gives you a shock at the end, which will stay on your mind, long after you leave the theaters. Don't miss this movie, if you love to get scared or get people scared and have been whetting your appetite with lesser horror movies or the ones, which promise a lot, but only flatter to deceive. This is one of the best of the variety, which has come on Indian screens.
It's impossible to write more about the movie without revealing some details, which will spoil the fun. Just, go and watch it in the theaters and let me assure you, you will thank me later for that. :)