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Aimless, heartbroken and uninspired, novelist Kabir (Ali Fazal) sets off on a soul searching journey, hoping to find a purpose in life. He finds solace in damsel-in- distress Meera (Sapna Pabbi), who runs a deserted hotel. He believes she is the reason, he could start afresh. But things are not like they seem.
In spite of Meera telling Kabir that her hotel (built in the style of an English country manor) is vacant, without batting an eye he chooses to stay! She also mentions that she is married to an ailing Jaidev (Gurmeet Choudhary), who is bed-ridden and so she looks after his sinking business. Kabir's growing infatuation for the mysterious Meera is however interrupted by supernatural occurrences in the spooky hotel that leads the writer to dig deeper. What makes Meera the forbidden fruit, beyond the fact that she is married?
Ali Fazal and Sapna Pabbi are decent and their love track is bearable as Arijit Singh lends soul to the songs, but that's about it. The horror track fails miserably, comprising standard scares, over-stretched climax, formulaic 'dark secrets' and a cliched story which has 1920 franchise's hangover.
If you find flying objects, animated butterflies, erotic dreams and the sight of letters being deleted automatically from a word document on a laptop scary, you deserve to watch Khamoshiyan alone and be disowned by friends and family all your life, like its protagonist.
We can forgive the genre lacking logic as long as it induces some fear in your mind. And that cannot possibly be achieved by showing an evil spirit making a Diwali exit. (The 'boori aatma' takes the form of a burning flame with a human face on it and sets off into the sky like a rocket!) Besides, the Bhatts should stop showing ghosts defying gravity by scaling vertical walls like Spiderman. The film also tries to be sci-fi, as it has a 'portal' in it.
Finally, you nod in affirmative to Ali Fazal's reaction when the mystery is unveiled. "What nonsense is this!" says he. You want to tell him, "Thank you for summing up the film for us. You checked into that creepy hotel remember?"
कभी सारांश, जन्म, अर्थ, आशिकी और सड़क जैसी कई बेहतरीन फिल्में बना चुके भट्ट कैंप ने मर्डर, राज , जिस्म के साथ सेक्स और हॉरर के साथ ऐसा नाता जोड़ा कि अब इस कैंप के पास इन फार्म्युलों के अलावा कुछ और बचा ही नहीं है। कम बजट और नई स्टार कास्ट के साथ फटाफट कमाऊ फिल्म बनाने का जुनून अभी भी भट्ट कैंप पर पूरी तरह से सवार है। कभी इसी कैंप के साथ राज जैसी सुपर हिट हॉरर मूवी बना चुके विक्रम भट्ट ने बेशक कुछ वक्त तक इस कैंप से दूरियां बना ली हों, लेकिन अब एकबार फिर जब विक्रम ने इस कैंप में वापसी की तो उन्होंने भी कुछ नया और लीक से अलग करने की बजाए इसी फार्म्युले को अपनाया। इसी कड़ी में अब 'खामोशियां' भी शामिल हो गई है। इस बार भी फिल्म में वही सभी मसाले जमकर परोसे गए हैं, जो आप पहले इसी कैंप की किसी ना किसी हॉरर, सेक्सी फिल्म में देख चुके होंगे, लेकिन इस बार इन मसालों में इतना दमखम जरूर है जो दर्शकों की एक खास क्लास को थिअटर तक खींचने का दमखम रखता है।
कहानी: कबीर (अली फजल) एक लेखक है। कबीर ने अब तक सिर्फ एक ही उपन्यास कंप्लीट किया है। बाकी 3 अधूरे उपन्यास लिखने की वजह से अब उसके पास कोई नया आइडिया ही नहीं बचा है, ऐसे में जब उसकी लवर उसे छोड़ किसी दूसरे से शादी करने का फैसला करती है तब कबीर अपने नए उपन्यास की प्रेरणा पाने के लिए शहर से दूर एक टूर पर निकलता है। कबीर रास्ते में एक ऐसे गेस्ट हाउस में रुकता है, जहां उसके अलावा कोई गेस्ट नहीं है। इस गेस्ट हाउस को मीरा (सपना पब्बी) अकेले ही चलाती है। मीरा का पति जयदेव (गुरमीत चौधरी) लंबे अर्से से बिस्तर पर है। यहीं पर कबीर और मीरा एक-दूसरे के प्रति आकर्षित होते हैं।
कबीर के साथ गेस्ट हाउस में डरावनी घटनाएं घटती हैं और उसे महसूस होता है कि मीरा इस बारे में सब जानती है। इस राज जानने की कोशिश में कबीर यहीं रुकने का फैसला करता है। यूं तो मीरा का हज्बंड जयदेव दिखने में दूसरे इंसानों की तरह है, लेकिन जयदेव के अंदर एक ऐसा राक्षस भी छिपा हुआ है जो उसे शैतान बना देता है। ऐसे माहौल में गेस्ट हाउस में ठहरे कबीर का सामना यहां कई ऐसे हालात और ऐसी असामान्य परिस्थितियों और घटनाओं से होता है , जिनसे रूबरू होने के बाद कबीर जयदेव और मीरा की असलियत जानने का फैसला करता है।
ऐक्टिंग: राइटर कबीर के रोल में अली जफर जमे हैं। न्यूकमर सपना पब्बी ने ऐक्टिंग में ज्यादा मेहनत करने की बजाए अपनी हॉट ब्यूटी को कैमरे के सामने परोसने में कुछ ज्यादा ही फोकस किया। गुरमीत चौधरी ने अपने किरदार में अच्छी मेहनत की।
डायरेक्शन: यंग डायरेक्टर करण दर्रा करीब 2 घंटे की इस कहानी के साथ दर्शकों को पूरे तरह से बांधने में नाकामयाब रहे। ऐसा लगता है करण ने दर्शकों को डराने के लिए किरदारों और स्क्रिप्ट पर ज्यादा मेहतन करने की बजाए लाउड साउंड का सहारा लेना ही वाजिब समझा। उन्होंने कहानी के अहम किरदार जयदेव पर ज्यादा फोक्स करने की बजाए हॉट सीन्स को कहानी का हिस्सा बनाया।
संगीत: ऐसा कोई गाना नहीं जो हॉल से बाहर निकलने के बाद आपकी जुबां पर आने का दम रखता हो। 3 संगीतकारों का नाम जुडा होने के बावजूद फिल्म का संगीत पक्ष पूरी तरह कमजोर है।
क्यों देंखें: अगर आप हॉरर, सेक्सी फिल्मों के शौकीन हैं। कहानी, किरदारों से आपको कुछ लेना-देना न हो, तो खामोशियां भी देख आएं। वहीं, अगर भट्ट कैंप की पिछली 2-3 हॉरर फिल्में देखी हैं, तो इसमें नया कहने को कुछ भी नहीं।
By Saumil Gandhi
Mum's the word on this
Stately haunted house. Mysterious hot girl staying in it. Drunk writer seeking both a redemption from his past and a new book idea. Put the three together and you have Khamoshiyan. The name of the film is an unfortunate choice, for it relies purely on exaggerated sound effects to create fear, an idea that has outlived its usefulness for some time now. Some of the scariest moments in cinema are filled with silences, filmmakers just need to make the effort to understand this.
The first half does not reveal much except that female lead played by Sapna Pabbi is bound to the house, and Ali Afzal is determined to find out why so that he can help the girl he is in love with. Stretching this sentence to an hour undoubtedly is a skill. So you have the girl changing from one skimpy dress to another, Fazal fantasizing about making love to her, and a completely random character who keeps on walking into the film every time a third person is needed to move the story ahead. But there is an element of suspense. There is a secret. And you want to know what it is.
This is where the film unravels. Not surprisingly, and quite literally, the filmmaker and the writers completely lose the plot. I mean, who would continue to stay in the haunted house after risking their lives to escape from it? A poorly thought and executed double twist later, the climax is a no-holdsbarred barrage of cinematic nonsense. Everything from murderous butterflies to zombies resembling circus clowns is thrown in the story. It's mayhem, and you lose interest in the proceedings faster than the girl loses her clothes with strangers.
Technically the film has no real ambition. The title track is well composed and probably was the reason why the film got its name. Particularly unfortunate are the special effects, tacky and slipshod. Sapna Pabbi in her debut film has an interesting presence, but her diction needs work and a more challenging role will really say more of her potential. Ali Fazal and Gurmeet Chaudhary, who plays Sapna's husband are below par, the former doing too much and the latter too little.
The producers of the film have mastered the business of titilation. They control their productions like a factory line, with an eye only on the bottom line. Khamoshiyan is more a marketable product and less a work of art. But they are unapologetic about it, and perhaps that counts for more than anything else. Khamoshiyan may not bring in awards, but it should bring in the money. Goal achieved.
Vikram Bhatt's Khamoshiyan will also be available in the form of a novel. Vikram Bhatt's 1920 and 1920 - Evil Returns will also turn into novels.
Vikram Bhatt had originally written Khamoshiyan to make a sequel of the 2011 film, Haunted - 3D. He wanted to name it 'Haunted 2'.
The film begins with Kabir (Ali Fazal) leaking a private video of he and his ex-girlfriend via MMS. Married to someone else now, she confronts Kabir and complains that it was he who didn't commit and kept wandering away. As a writer, he could only come up with one book and nothing after. She blames his attitude for the dilemma he faces. He agrees and takes off to seek inspiration for his next book.
His soul searching takes him to Kashmir and a deserted manor, managed by Meera (Sapna Pabbi). She tells him that her hotel is vacant. Without finding it a bit suspicious, Kabir agrees to check in. Meera also says that she is married and that her husband Jaidev is sick so she takes care of the business.
Kabir falls for Meera and she reciprocates too but their romance is interrupted by supernatural occurrences in the hotel. He gets a friend to study the situation, who tells him that the evil spirit in the house is that of Meera's husband Jaidev and that he is dead. Kabir sneaks into Jaidev's room but sees him sleeping on the bed. Meera accuses him of not believing her. Kabir apologizes and continues to stay in the hotel. A steamy lovemaking session later, the two are shocked to find Jaidev's dead body lying on the stairs of the hotel. After examining Kabir's pale body, Kabir discovers that Jaidev was already dead and Meera was pretending he was alive.
(Do not proceed. Stop reading the plot summary right now if you don't want the crucial climax to be revealed)
Meera reveals the truth finally. She says she had to leave Mumbai two years back as she was involved in a hit and run case that killed an MLA's son. The fear of being caught by the cops takes her to Kashmir, where Jaidev spots her and takes her to his manor. They fall in love and get married after which Meera gets to know his true evil side. He sacrifices animals and drinks their blood. He worships demons and doesn't believe in god. He traps whatever he likes in house. An accident leaves him paralyzed, waist below. Meera wants to leave him but he commits suicide and leaves a note which says, if she runs away his lawyer will know she has killed him. She is thus forced to stay back and now his evil spirit won't leave her ever.
Kabir burns Jaidev's body but his evil spirit survives, which can take the form of anything that comes in contact with it. Kabir tastes Jaidev's blood to let his spirit enter him so that he can then extract Kabir's spirit and blend it into his ashes for him to escape. The plans works. Kabir writes his second book based on this experience.
The erotic thriller Khamoshiyan from the Bhatt camp bombed at the box office.
According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, the film earned in the range of Rs 1.60 crore on the day of its release. The collections are however, almost half the collections of a similar horror film Alone which released a few weeks ago. The film has earned Rs 9.83 crore in three weeks.
It faces competition from Ayushmann Khurrana's Hawaizaada which is a period drama.
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