Vikram Bhatt returns with a horror as ordered by the schools of Bhatts in this box office driven follow up of the hit 1920 that re-hashes all the tried and tested techniques seen in Bollywood spooks.
Amazingly 1920 that came in 2008 has a tagline – a decade after 1920 and the sequel 1921 actually opens up in 1927.. forward thinking..!!
Anyways let’s get back to the ‘Raaz’ behind 1921 beginning in 27.. and here it goes. It’s circa 1927 England, a sloshed pianist Ayush (Karan Kundrra – his spelling not mine) has attempted suicide before a grand performance. Flashback to 1921, piano prodigy Ayush gets a chance of his lifetime courtesy – his guru Wadia (Vikram Bhatt). Wadia sponsors Ayush’s studies in England provided he also takes care of Wadia’s stately home in Yorkshire.
The guesthouse of the Victorian era has some eerie happenings, we have spirits flying across the lawn, or jumping around with those scary eyes seen umpteen times. Time for the modern face of horror and erotic thrillers – Zareen Khan to enter and she does. Her name is Rose and she can communicate with ghost. Naively she asks one “ why don,t you show your face” (the reason might be those horror filmmakers due to which yeh bechara bhoot kahin mooh dikhane ke kaabil nahi raha), anyways getting back to 1921, Rose admires Ayush’s music obviously agrees to help.
So, as the romance between Rose and Ayush blossoms, the hovering spirits start making their presence felt with those tried and tested smoke effects, shadow figures and all.
There is a degree of eerie feelings during the first half for the diehard bollywood horror buffs but shockingly, the second half is cursed. Mongolian plague, holy reference all pop in but the eerie sweep is missing.
Performance wise, the less said the better. Technically it looks picturesque but please don,t ask about the detailing of the Victorian era in production designing and costumes.
This is not the end and probably 1921 won’t be the end of the series though it deserves to be.