1920 Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:36:20.2030000 IST


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Vikram Bhatt movies have always been high on trendy musical substance and have mainly catered to the commercial needs of the market. His forthcoming venture 1920, a periodic love story tries to be path-breaking or innovative to the largest possible extent. Adnan Sami makes consequential melodic moves by imbibing the traits of Indian classic music by having maestros like Pandit Jasraj, Parveen Sultana and Shubha Mudgal taking the centre-stage. It's a big task to expect anything commercially striking in album that is designed to attract classes. Does it have the bankable thrust of appealing to the hoi polloi?

Adnan Sami makes an intelligible experimental move as he makes Pandit Jasraj sings out nostalgia of romanticism in a song epitomizing about "promises" in a love relationships in contours of electronically profound composition in "Vaada Tumse Hain Vaada". It's a worth-hearing number where one can experience the expertise of Indian classical singing of Pandit Jasraj in flows of modernized somber arrangements. Sameer's expressively articulate wordings get amicably rewarded as they gets emoted out by the great maestro with well synchronized feminine chorals in the backdrop. The concluding part of the number has great ?alaaps' rendition that shows the immaculate strength of classical singing in it. Parveen Sultana, another luminary in classical singing sings out the female version. It's another listening delight for all classical singing lovers where fusion arrangements get mellowed out in its poignant wordings. It has great aesthetical melodic values (as per antiquated subject of the flick) and should be working as great narrative catalyst to deliver an everlasting impact of eternal love on big screen. Classical to the core!

Shubha Mudgal, classy folk singer comes out as third major entrant from classical singing genre vocalist in the album to song a raunchy folk track "Bichua". Sami experiments with peculiar singing of Shubha Mudgal than employing regulars like Richa Sharma to evolve a quintessentially periodical feel of bygone era in this ostentatiously loud number. It tries to recreate classy feel of "Chad Gayo Papi Bichua" (MADHUMATI (1958)) but the intensity lacks ire of piercing senses. Shubha Mudgal's vocals are suited to the hilt for the occasion and it will be its slick chorographical moves that will further be dictating its verdict on charts. The "club mix" is conceived to race senses for the party animals where echoing impacts, disco beat fillers and DJ claps are infused to give it a party feasting impact.

"Aise Jalta Hai Jiya", a daunting and mesmerizing romantic number by versatile Asha Bhonsle tries to recreate the romantic impulse of undying love with 60's style of arrangements. Sami gives it an archetypical outlook by relying heavily on contemporary arrangements to deliver an intimidating feel of isolated beloved singing out for her lover.



  • A word of mention here for the set and costume designers. They have done well to give one a feeling of being there in the early 1900s


  • Bhatt has shown well the way Ada is possessed, her behaviour, menacing talking, her fearful lunges. But he has tried too many things to show how she is cured of her demonic spirit.


  • What he has shown, in the end, is what he thinks is the way the ones possessed are delivered. This can be debated endlessly. In effect, he brings to nought what he has been trying to build up.


  • And I cannot understand why someone would stay the night all alone, without any house help (there is only one, who retires to his quarters in the night)in a Castle the size of two football fields.


  • But yes, this film, is very, very scary for most part. Not for the faint-hearted. On that count, Bhatt has succeeded.


  • NOTE: The 2.5 rating is just for the fact that he has succeeded in giving one the jitters in between.


    Ratings - 2.5/5




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THE STORY IN SHORT: Rajneesh and Adahh are lovers who get married. Rajneesh is an architect and he is selected from his company to bring down an old castle somewhere in India and build it into a hotel. But there is a spirit that resides there that does not allow this to happen. In fact, two architects have been killed but Rajneesh and his wife are not aware of it. Adah gets possessed by this spirit and therein begins the story.

  • Director Vikram Bhatt seems to be redeeming himself with this horror flick... everything seems to be going fine till just before the intermission, when in comes Rakhi Sawant to take away the intensity of the fear that he was just building up.


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  • No, there is nothing wrong with the Sawant girl, but just that Bhatt's choice of introducing an item song, if I may be permitted to call it so, and more importantly choice of performer, falls flat on the screen. Rakhi comes with a lot of baggage of 'trying to be there' and this exact weight of hers does not allow her to carry off the scene. Also, he was just building up the scare. A very jarring aberration.


  • He shoots in London and tells you that that piece of irresistible architectural beauty, the castle he is shooting in, is somewhere in India. Very, very annoying. A punch in the nose for the viewer.


  • The choice of the lead actors is very good. Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma give out great performances. In fact, Adah as the one possessed, gives off a performance as one possessed!! A terrifying debut. She has beauty, which dates back to the 1920s, is dressed accordingly and carries off her part with intensity. A word of mention for Anjori Alagh, too. First she stares down at you from a huge painting, then she walks on screen to seduce the villain and the viewer!




  • A word of mention here for the set and costume designers. They have done well to give one a feeling of being there in the early 1900s


  • Bhatt has shown well the way Ada is possessed, her behaviour, menacing talking, her fearful lunges. But he has tried too many things to show how she is cured of her demonic spirit.


  • What he has shown, in the end, is what he thinks is the way the ones possessed are delivered. This can be debated endlessly. In effect, he brings to nought what he has been trying to build up.


  • And I cannot understand why someone would stay the night all alone, without any house help (there is only one, who retires to his quarters in the night)in a Castle the size of two football fields.


  • But yes, this film, is very, very scary for most part. Not for the faint-hearted. On that count, Bhatt has succeeded.


  • NOTE: The 2.5 rating is just for the fact that he has succeeded in giving one the jitters in between.


    Ratings - 2.5/5




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Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma
  • Lyrics: Sameer
  • Director: Vikram Bhatt
  • Music Director: Adnan Sami
  • Release Date : 12 Sep 2008

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