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It has been an age old lament of Bollywood patrons that the horror genre in the industry isn’t scary at all.Instead of spooking the viewer, Hindi horror flicks have exactly the opposite effect on them – they end up making the viewers laugh at the unintentional comedy therein. It’s an interesting concept then, to make a comedy with some spooky spirits thrown in. Arshad Warsi & Kabeer Kaushik, who worked together so brilliantly in the latter’s debut, Seher, team up again to try their hand at this interesting experiment. Incidentally, this is also Warsi’s first home production.
Armaan (Warsi), a fashion photographer, is madly in love with his editor, Gehna (Diya Mirza). Problem is, he’s also madly in love with his spirits (not the spooky ones but the intoxicating ones) and Gehna’s daddy (Jawed Sheikh) doesn’t approve. Armaan sleeps on a bench at the train station every night since his house is infested with spirits (not the intoxicating ones but the spooky ones). He often hears them, then slowly starts seeing them and finally, starts running scared of them. The spooks have an agenda. They want Armaan to run some worldly errands for them. The living world around him though, doesn’t believe him a bit. But Armaan takes it upon himself to relieve the ghosts of their worldly problems, thus paving the way for their passage to the other world.
Warsi & Kaushik also collaborate on the script. The story comes from Warsi’s DVD library (the resemblance to the 2008 film, Ghost Town, is too uncanny). Moreover, since his character in the film is a perennial drunk, Warsi got into character while writing the story. And I can bet you – he must’ve been at least a dozen pegs down when he sat down with his pen and paper. Kaushik does a tearaway job of translating the drunken master’s story into a screenplay. I say tearaway because at times, when I’m in a hurry, I tend to write my reviews in a similar fashion. Once completed, I read them again and invariably, I have to move parts of it from one place to another to make them coherent. Alas, Kaushik stopped at just the writing. The result – we get three short films for the price of one ticket. The first one deals with the relationship between Armaan and Gehna while the other two, shown post interval, deal with how Armaan helps two of his spirited friends. He robs a bank in the first, with the ease of a champion hurdler negotiating a pebble on the road. And in the second, he goes out on a hunt for someone he doesn’t know anything about except for his name, that too in faraway Goa. Surprise surprise…he succeeds at that too.
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