Banner: UTV Motion Pictures
Cast: Nithin, Priyanka Kothari, Goutham Rode, Ishrat Ali, Ravi Kale, Rasika Duggal, Ishteyak Khan, Howard Rosemeyer and others
Background: Amar Mohile
Music: Bapi-Tutul, Imran
Cinematography: Surjodeep Ghosh
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producers: Ronnie Screwala and Ram Gopal Varma
Release date: 07/08/2009
A half baked tale, the story begins on the backdrop of a film shooting and just when it is about to get wrapped up, the camera gets spoiled and it would take two days for that to come. So the unit members comprising of the assistant director (nitin), heroine Asha (priyanka), hero (gautham), producer Murthy (ishrat), diector JJ (harvey), stunt master Rakka (Ravi kale), spot boy Laxman (ishteyak), Sameera (Rasika) along with the forest guide Setu (joy) decide to spend the night at the nearby forest. The story takes a turn when Setu who is the only guy knowing the jungle route gets killed mysteriously. Soon, one after the other, the unit members begin to get killed and they realize that someone or something is out there to get them. Who survives in the end and what happens after that forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with a rather simple storyline and though his presentation was good, the narrative was poor. The script was incomplete, the screenplay was apt, background score played a key role, music did justice and the real show stealer was the cinematography. Editing was crisp and the costumes were trendy, the locations were picturesque. Nitin came up with a decent performance but he still has those constraints of body language and expressions, Priyanka was a revelation with her hot oomph, Gautam was neat, Rasika looked good, Ravi was alright, Ishrat was impressive, Ishteyak was regular, Joy was normal, Harvey was effective.
The film had a one line story and the essence of it was to generate fear and shock moments which were missing completely. Thankfully, the duration of the film was short but there was a major disappointment due to the lack of Priyanka and her bikini song and also an end which was not really an end but the beginning of a sequel. By no means was the film strong enough to capture the audience attention as it resembled a typical C- grade Hollywood creature flick. It is saddening to see Ramgopal Varma come out with such products and let us hope he makes some sense with the sequel atleast. This film will fizzle out in no time.
Bharatstudent verdict: Poor show...