404 Hindi Movie Review

May 19, 2011 By Mansha Rastogi

Though this movie hasn't witnessed heavy promotion but it surely chose an innovative manner to spread awareness. And that was by having the quotes of many renowned celebs who've spoken great things about it after watching. So does this apparent psychological thriller actually instil any chill?


404 is the story of a medical student Abhimanyu (Rajvvir Aroraa) who defies his seniors and the practice of ragging.


Professor Aniruddh (Nishikant Kamath) is impressed with Abhimanyu's rationality and tenacity when he decides to dispel all rumours and moves into a room that has been forbidden for years with the rumours of it being haunted.


What follows is an intriguing story about a Professor who denies the paranormal and believes only in Science, and a bright young student who battles with his conflict of illusion and reality.


Prawal Raman who has Darna Mana Hai and Darna Zaroori Hai to his credit tries too hard to showcase his finesse in direction with unconventional filmmaking techniques however, apart from certain scenes which are splendid he falters overall in creating a sticky content. The length of the film is one of the main truants making it tedious. Moreover, the haunting background music proves to be the biggest deterrent of the film. Despite it being a psycho thriller the background score forever gives the feel of watching a horror film.


The film however has its fair share of goods as well and most importantly it is the crux of the story that deserves applauds. Never has such a mind-bending thriller been attempted in the past. The only thing that mires it is the vagueness in its execution. Had there been some clarity in the narrative the film could've come out well. The camerawork throughout the film is commendable and so is the acting by each and everyone. Nishikanth Kamath deserves a special mention for the excellent performance he put ups through out the film. Naseeruddin Shah's multi-talented son Imaad Shah is at his casual best. He also shows great potential as a music composer. Rajvvir Arora is decent in his part. Tisca Chopra as Aniruddh's wife acts well.


To sum it up, 404 surely plays with you psyche. The film definitely deserves a watch and should be encouraged for its efforts.

404 surely plays with you psyche. The film definitely deserves a watch and should be encouraged for its efforts.
Rating: 7.1 / 10
Mansha Rastogi

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