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Movie Review: Ghost


Producer- Vashu Bhagnani

Director- Vikram Bhatt

Star Cast-Sanaya Irani, Shivam Bhaargava, Vikram Bhatt, Gayatri Iyer



An Edgy and Eerie Thriller

Jyothi Venkatesh

Though at the outset, let me tell you that Ghost has nothing new to offer –in terms of storytelling, evoking fear or even making a feeble attempt in setting the bar high for the under-explored desi genre of horror, to his credit, the director succeeds in coming up with a not-so-slick film which does scare you at times albeit it lacks novelty of any kind

The film revolves around UK-based politician of Indian origin, Karan Khanna (Shivam Bhaargava) who is charged with the murder of his wife. But, his lawyer Simran (Sanaya Irani) has a hard time proving his innocence in the court of law as Khanna is adamant that his wife (Gayatri Iyer) had lost her life at the hands of an invisible revenge seeking evil spirit.

The film is set in London and that alone succeeds in making this horror flick visually appealing with wealthy NRIs at the centre of a gruesome homicide case and all white Judges in the courtroom. But, just when the screenplay somehow starts taking the plot forward, the obsolete paranormal activities begin and at times stretch your patience which starts wearing out.

Sanaya Irani, who makes her debut in films after spending almost a decade on the television, gets into the skin of her character as the likeable emotional but troubled soul in a world full of sharks, and her performance  as a lawyer who is always clutching her anti depression pills is believable for an unfurnished script. But, Shivam Bhaargava is not half as convincing as Sanaya’s character or even the ghost played by Caroline Wilde. Frankly, his chocolate boy looks, coupled with average acting skills and Vikram Bhatt’s dubbed voice, make him appear like an oscillating character which lacks depth.

It is high time that Vikram Bhatt started thrusting himself down the throats of his audience in different character. In this film, he tries to outdo Anupam Kher in a character as the father of the protagonist who gets eliminated. The biggest plus point of the film and the reason for an extra star in the ratings is its music which has been scored against the picturesque landscape of UK’s countryside and the big city of London, like in every other Vikram Bhatt film

On the whole, though it has to clash with none other films at the turnstiles windows this week for the attention of the audiences; Ghost does stand out as a different edgy and eerie thriller.

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