Horror films is a genre of films which Tollywood in recent times at least is not capable of handling and a few films made in the recent past have all been miserable both by way of content and box office revenue. In fact Tollywood horror films amuse people and evoke laughter out of them rather than frighten them. Such are the films.
The ‘Bhoot of Rose Ville’ of Rose Ville is no better. Made by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, known for her extremely unusual terrible films, she lives up to her reputation with this film as well. This film is based on a true story.
Rose Ville is a small bungalow at a sea side resort, Digha. Rose and her father lived there. Her father becomes the Pastor of the Holy Church and thus he is very orthodox and would not approve his daughter marrying a Hindu boy Samir Dutta. Rose listens to her father and is ready to marry Robin, her childhood friend, who is also an orphan. Robin is cute young and very cheerful. Actually he loved Rose very much. It was a one sided love story.
Robin meets with an accident on his way to Digha, three days before their wedding, and dies. But after his death his soul comes and meets Rose. He gives a wedding Ring to Rose and they love each other. Rose discovers later that it was the soul of Robin. She is very scared and finally Samir comes to help her as her father had already become a clergyman, living in a church.
After three months Rose and Samir discover that she is expecting. They abort the baby and go to Kolkata and marry. Her father gives her permission to marry the Hindu boy.
After three years Rose returns to Rose Ville to sell the house and discovers a lot of unnatural activities.
She discovers that the ghost of her aborted child is supposedly living there as she can hear the child’s voice and also a few incidents confirm the fact. She comes across her friend Shyam who wants to buy the house, but a few incidents makes him realize that the house is haunted. Rose asks Samir to come down from Kolkata so that they can go back to Kolkata as soon as possible. After he comes down, one day in the night when both of them are asleep, the ghost (this time of Robin in fact) comes to their room and takes Rose away and kills her. When Samir goes in search of her, some invisible force hits him with a heavy instrument and he is killed.Shyam comes to see if things are all right and finds Rose sitting on the steps of the house. In fact that is her ghost sitting and he runs away and she follows him and Shyam too is killed.
The people present at the press show of the film were laughing all the while watching the film and why shouldn’t they? Have Bengali films ever frightened the audience? Instead of creating excitement, thrill, horror all they are able to create is peals of laughter from the audience. A few things need to be mentioned about the film. They are:
Shyam’s reaction every time they realize something or someone is in the room. The psychiatrist ‘s singular dialogue and dead pan expression, Rose’s unusual American accent and when Rose vomits after seeing the dead corpse of a child in the sea ,the crowd says ‘Abar Baccha Hobe’!
Everyone gets killed and it seems as if there are at least a couple of ghosts living in the house, not just one. Again there are a couple of lip locked scenes to provide some titillation.
Last of all the name of the film. Need we say more?