The horror genre has suddenly found its way back in Bollywood. The recent past saw films like 1920, RAAZ- THE MYSTERY CONTINUES, 13B, ROKKK, HELP, SHAAPIT and MALLIKA. Out of them, 1920 and 13B stood out, for it gave the audiences exactly what the wanted- some spine-chilling moments and a decent storyline. Isn't that precisely what one expects from a horror film?
Most of our Bollywood horror films have one thing in common- revenge. No doubt, there are a few exceptions, but this has been the case right from the Ramsay Brothers' horror films. A spirit returns to avenge the harm done onto her causing trouble beyond imagination. A FLAT traverses the same route.
Rahul (Jimmy Sheirgill) returns from the US to India after his former love Preeti (Kaveri Jha) is going through a tough time. On his arrival, his father (Sachin Khedekar) is mysteriously found dead in Rahul's separate flat. Even Preeti disappears suddenly. Rahul, who visits his flat to find out clues about his father's death, finds himself ensnared. Will he be able to find out the truth is what ensues.
Like many other horror films, A FLAT is marred by a flimsy second half after an impressive start. Till the intermission point it draws you in with its intriguing plot. The problem starts in the second half where the graph of the film suddenly plummets. The back-story is hackneyed and totally takes away from the otherwise decent film. They say, all's well that ends well. Unfortunately, this one doesn't, leaving an awful impression on your senses. Having said that, the film is technically very sound. Right from the camera angles, to the background score, to the editing, everything is brilliant. The transition between present and past in done with precision.
Talking about the eerie moments, there aren't many. There's one notable elevator and step sequence which reminds one of 13B. But the ghost doesn't manage to leave a frightening impact. Also, it's beyond logic how a girl is able to write about her own death.
Sachin Khedekar trying to rape Hazel while she's unconscious is completely deplorable. And there was absolutely no need to have so many songs, especially because it's a horror film.
Jimmy Sheirgill delivers an impressive performance. Sanjay Suri is passable. Hazel fails to leave any positive impression. Kaveri Jha is okay. Sachin Khedekar doesn't have much scope.