Movie Review: Khamoshiyan

Khamoshiyan: A Silence which is below average & equally amateurish

khamoshiyan-poster2The Bhatts have created a successful model of making profit making movie propositions and “Khamoshiyan” is one such attempt of combining erotica with horror with melodious music, a formula they have mastered since “Raaz” (2001).

Written by Mahesh Bhatt’s protégé Vikram Bhatt “Khamoshiyan” is a lame attempt in the horror genre, which basically is a three character story of Kabir (Ali Fazal) a fallen writer who wants regain his glory and hence he heads to Kashmir in search of a new plot for his story and ends up in a cottage run by a mysterious lady Meera (Sapna Pabbi). Meera has her husband Jaidev (Gurmeet Singh) who is bedridden. Their life changes with super natural happenings.

The story is too feeble and the screenplay is more feeble for a 122 minutes run. Vikram Bhatt tries the same old combination of erotica and horror but fails miserably. There are no scary moments and the erotic sequences are unnecessarily put in, to increase the oomph factor. The so called horror sequences are predictable and look amateurish. The main issue of the plot is that it oscillates between being a erotic love story and horror and fails in both.

The star cast primarily comprising of only 3 actors Ali Fazal, Gurmeet Singh & Sapna Pabbi and their performances are below average. Ali Fazal as Kabir looks completely confused all throughout the movie but is sincere in his attempt but the screenplay and underdeveloped character pulls him down. Debutant Sapna Pabbi who plays the mysterious Meera looks dazed and has a single expression of frown till the end, her dialect as well is below average, and she has to really work hard if she wants to continue in Bollywood. The worst among the three is TV actor turned bollywood actor Gurmeet Singh who was supposed to play the villain Jaidev and also give the scares as well but falls flats both in the portrayal as well as in the writing.

The only good thing to write about “Khamoshiyan” is its music by Jeet Ganguly, Naved Jaffar, Ankit Tiwari & Bobby Imran. Special mention of the title track composed by Jeet Ganguly and sung by Arijit Singh. The Cinematography by Nigam Bomzan captures South Africa shown as Kashmir quite well.

Debutant director Karan Darra fails to make an impact with his direction and the confused plot does not help either. In a nutshell “Khamoshiyan” is a half baked attempt which does not impress at all. I will go with One and a Half star…..

Movie Rating: 1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

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