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FILM REVIEW: 1920: Horrors of the Heart

Horror’ible’ horror Cast: Avika Gor, Ketaki Kulkarni, Rahul Dev, Barkha Bisht, Avtar Gill, Danish Pandor, Randheer Raj, Amit Behl Rating...

Horror’ible’ horror

Cast: Avika Gor, Ketaki Kulkarni, Rahul Dev, Barkha Bisht, Avtar Gill, Danish Pandor, Randheer Raj, Amit Behl

Rating: 1*

Mahesh Bhatt returns as the story/screenplay writer along with Suhrita Das with 1920: Horrors of the Heart and what could have been a different horror film turns out to be dismal and amateurish stuff dished out by debutant director Krishna Bhatt the daughter of Vikram Bhatt who once owned the 1920 horror genre. The film looks like a shoddy B-grade childish film with conveniences galore. So unconvincing and laughable is the premise that the handful of the audience who had come to watch this film was laughing and cat-calling throughout the 2-hour-long tedious film. It would have been worthwhile if Krishna had taken some help from her producer father Vikram Bhatt and saved us the ignominy of watching this film. She borrows heavily from The Exorcist. The only redeeming feature of this film is that the heroine is not possessed but she is the one who has grey shades and is responsible for the madness she creates.

Meghna (Avika Gor with an excellent screen presence) lives in Bombay with her father Dheeraj (an over-the-top Randheer Raj). She is in love with Arjun (an okay Danish Pandor). Her mother Radhika (a very fine Barkha Bisht) had left both the father-daughter duo to marry a very rich Shantanu Thakur (a polished & underplaying Rahul Dev). A day before Meghna’s birthday, her father Dheeraj commits suicide. She is devastated. The following day she finds a diary written by her father which says that Radhika was a very money-minded lady who used to sleep with the British for monetary gains as Dheeraj was an out-of-luck writer and she had poisoned Dheeraj making him an epilepsy patient and now he couldn’t take it anymore hence his suicide. Meghna seeks to avenge her father with her father’s spirit and seeks out the mansion of the Thakurs in Kosha Hills only to find that Radhika and Shantanu have a daughter Aditi (a superb Ketaki Kulkarni). Upon reaching there Aditi develops a fondness for her elder sister Meghna and the actual truth is revealed. But it’s too late by then. 

The music which has always been the winner in the Bhatt films too fails miserably here. The flashback scenes are shoddy and amateurish. Amit Bahl as the tantrik is laughable and hams and so does the person who plays the gardener. Avtar Gill as the butler Chowdhury ji has very little to do.

This 1920- Horrors of the Heart has no heart and soul and is strictly avoidable.

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