26 Jun

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.


Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Movies, Thoughts


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12 responses to “[Review]~Shaitan!

  1. Amrita

    June 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I loved the movie too, especially the way all the scenes were shot (like the accident scene). khoya khoya chand was awesome 😀

    All the actors played it well .

  2. Suresh Kumar S

    June 26, 2011 at 1:23 am

    One thing I really liked about the movie was that it was so Quintin Tarantino ! So psychedelic ..So seemingly careless yet intelligent stylish in it s narration . I expected everything and even more ! This film got attitude ! and loads of it ! It is nt here to promote any values . It is here to make a statement perhaps ..that it cares more about style ! and a little about substance too ! Rajeev Khandeval is pretty intense ! I am yet to see an actor who is as capable as him ! I really hope he does nt choose crappy roles after this movie !

  3. Himanshu

    June 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Oh wow! What a wonderful review. I havent had a chance to catch the film till now. But as soon as I get to watch it, i will certainly let you know. 🙂
    The review was crisp and right on the money! Cheers! 🙂

  4. Soundarya

    June 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

    aah…now this review makes me wanna watch the movie re…

  5. Sumit Dusad

    June 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Awesome movie and awesome direction! Camerawork and sound is too good. timely punchline and humour . ( Kala-khatta flavour :P)

  6. megzone

    June 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    aaahhh so not my kinda movie :O
    i doubt i will watch this.. m all up for romcom..
    ye serious ones are totally outta my league.. nice review champoo 😀

  7. mvnvdreams

    June 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    :O within mins you wrote a review too!! hmmm good one 😀

  8. Sree

    June 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Amrita, thanks. long time..kaisi ho? 🙂 yeah, they were very well picturized inspite of being fast paced! 🙂

    Suresh, thanks…very well said…tarantino style indeed! And pray for Rajeev! 😀

    Himanshu, thanks dude for your kind words there…yes, do watch it! 🙂

    Sound, thanks. yes, do watch if you get the time! 🙂

    Garfy bhai, thanks.. lol…yeah the kala katta flavor…uff…all for a cough medicine! 😉

    Megs, thanks. aren’t you bored of the same cliche run of the mill stories…watch this…its reality on screen….just like truth, reality hurts! 🙂

    Switey, thanks…I do it fast cos I then forget! 😉

  9. Shoba Jagannathan

    June 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Good review S-cubed. Intriguing plot.

  10. Pooja

    June 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I cant wait to watch this movie…more so after ur review!

  11. Sree

    June 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    SJ, Thanks 🙂

    Poo, thanks ..dekho/nodu…its good for adults! 😉

  12. site

    June 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Mate. This blog is sick! How do you make it look this good !


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