Shaapit Hindi Movie Review

Mar 19, 2010 By Ashok Nayak

After Click and Rokkk that released earlier this month, <Shaapit directed by Vikram Bhatt, of Raaz and 1920 fame, is all set to scare the hell out of you this week. Starring debutants Aditya Narayan and Shweta Agarwal, Shaapit has a lot of expectations surrounding it especially since the movie is coming from a director well experienced in the horror genre. Does this movie manage to sell fear and scare the living daylights out of you? Fortunately it does!


Going with the likes of Vikram's earlier flicks and almost every horror flick coming out of Bollywood, Shaapit too deals with a past wrong doing that haunts the present, makes life impossible to live but however the lost situation is resolved and its leads to nothing but an happy ending.


Shaapit is about a curse that plagues a family, generation after generation for 300 years. Kaaya is extremely delighted and nods a 'yes' to Aman's marriage proposal. Just as the happy couple head home to announce their engagement their car takes a spin and they meet with a terrible accident. Kaaya's parents rush to the hospital and are taken aback when they find out about her engagement. It's then they reveal the 300 year old curse that haunts the girls of the family and denies them to even think about wedlock or an engagement.


But Aman decides to win his love back besides all the odds and approaches Prof Pashupati, a well-known researcher of paranormal activities, to figure out ways to strike the evil spirit away. What follow is their dangerous encounters with the spirit and their struggle to get rid of it.


Director Vikram Bhatt's experience with the genre works, as Shaapit is filled with hair raising sequences that keep you on the edge of your seats. The movie is engrossing with sequences canned with utmost care and is filled with many thrill seeking moments. The slow and tactful camera work and the use of sound effects to develop the atmosphere of eeriness and mystery throughout the movie heighten the scare element, thus making it a good watch.


However, Shaapit suffers from predictability from time to time and some sequences meant to provoke fear, fail to scare. The entire flashback part isn't very convincing and details about the reason for the curse could have been clearer. Also for a film from the horror genre, Shaapit has way too many songs.


Son of legendary singer Udit Narayan, Aditya Narayan on debut looks smart, sophisticated and impresses in his very first outing. Shwetha with limited scope does make her presence felt. Rahul Dev plays his part very well. Shubh Joshi is good.


Overall, Shaapit is certainly worth a watch. Vikram Bhatt's third horror outing is one of his best.

<i>Shaapit</i> is certainly worth a watch. Vikram Bhatt's third horror outing is one of his best.
Rating: 7.1 / 10
Ashok Nayak

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