Just back from a movie which sounds like an Indian version of Scary movie, named Shaitan. With boredom perching on my back this whole day, like Betal on Vikram, I had to find some getaway. Checked online for movies, and found one show of Shaitan at Escape Cinemas located on the top floor of the Express Avenue mall here in Chennai, and there was just one ticket left. So before someone as bored as me would snatch it away, I hurriedly booked. A good 40 minutes drive away, I headed into the unknown. Having heard positive things about the movie from friends, I had decided to plunge into it.
As lights went dim, it was the producer Anurag Kashyap who came on screen to read out a not so well rehearsed statutory warning about how he didn’t mean to promote smoking, drinking and injecting!
The movie is fast paced with 5 characters from affluent yet not-so-happy families being friends and enjoying a lavish lifestyle. Why worry when you have a rich dad?!
Trouble begins with an accident, Salman Khan ishstyle, which kills two people riding on a scooter. It gets deeper when the corrupt policeman demands a hefty amount of 25 lakhs to ‘settle’ the case as an accident and not murder. Finding no other means to arrange the amount, they decide up on kidnapping one among them and demanding a ransom from the parent. How they plan the whole kidnap act, how they go about implementing it, how messy could life get…the answers to these ‘how’ questions and more, is the plot in the second half of the movie.
The actors have done a decent job. Kalki (who is also Anurag’s wife) seems to be in the Kangana Ranaut league, ending up with similar roles…her role here reminded me of Chanda’s character she played in Dev-D. Rajeev Khandelwal (of Aamir fame) has done a decent job of his plain clothed policeman character, while why his personal life in the story was messed up remains a mystery till the end.
There were no song sequences, with 2-3 songs played in the background. The yesteryear popular number “khoya khoya chaand” was remixed, fast-paced and used in the backdrop…was indeed peppy, especially in the situation!!
The director (first timer) has done a great job…of holding the pace and doing justice to the story line…
Overall, the movie was worth the drive. It does make one feel about the existence of Shaitan (evil) in our own selves. I would give it a rating of 3.5/5.