Shaitan Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:48.4830000 IST


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Devil strikes back! The craze for horror-packed action flicks are back with a bang with the surprise success of hits like HAUNTED (3D) and RAGINI MMS. Exploring the dark shades and unexplored facades of human mindset, SHAITAN (meaning 'devil') is the new promising entrant in this genre with pack of potential actors and musicians in its credits. New kid on the block Prashant Pillai is the main music composer with the support of guest composers like experienced Ranjit Barot, Amar Mohile and Anupam Roy, to deliver out the desired horrendously loud theatrical musical appeal. Low profile, mediocre promotion and bleak face value but presumably potential experimental melodic appeal, all combine together promises an engaging affair. Can the ensemble of these potential composers have the skill and kill of making SHAITAN, a probable shocking musical hit? Let's charter into the terrains of its musical territories!!!

Cult of Shaitan arrives! Flickering sounds, racy emceeing combined with haunting drumming in varying modes delivers out intimidating spells of horrifying listening experiences in thematically inclined soundtrack 'Bali (The sound of Shaitan)'. Prashant Pillai's technocratic dexterity in infusing ensemble of electronically profound haunting rhythms makes waves to create gruesome musical ambience.
It pulsates too with its groovy 'club-remix' disco beat decorum with enthused vocal supports of Farhad Bhiwandiwala, K.S. Krishnan, Preeti Pillai, Hitesh Modak and Kalloist. The soundtrack works on experimental route primarily and tries to add 'yuppie' factor as the track culminates out in the cadre of funky background score. Despite its strong situational appeal and dissimilar treatment, its highlights remain to be its intrinsically high instrumental feel where voices too works more like gadgets, an impulsive on-screen treatment will make things more scarier.

Party time folks! Feverishly bizarre decorum of plush rave party makes its strong youthful impact and sets the pulses high in album's most promising soundtrack titled 'Nasha'. Prashant Pillai gets the desired winner in this colorfully 'party-album' special number and delivers it in two different versions. The first version has frenzied vocals of impressive sounding Prashant Pillai and Bindu Nambiar. It works sporadically with huskier male baritones that gels well with echoing-cu- resonating sound engineering impact to serenade out glitzy discotheque decorum.

In terms of innovation and tangible impulse, Pillai scores perfect ten and the second version to arrive is even trendier. It is titled as 'Nasha (Rock & Soul version)' that has appealing vocals of resounding Ranjit Barot, Farhad Bhiwandiwala and Bindu Nambiar. This version has added hard-metal base rocking arrangements with likable 'fusion' thrive that works progressively to zest out a desired concert-rock feel. The signature punch-line of 'Dil-Dosti-Yaari' stays on senses as the soundtracks unwinds with sleek feminine chorals and loud drumming thumps. It works, yes, it works big time and so do play it loud! Rocking!!!

Amar Mohile, a name that has been prominent figure in many of RGV's flick makes his 'street-smart' guest composer entry through wicked-sounding 'Josh'. Mohile's stylized horrifying impacts makes theatrical impacts but it's the mixed and match of Afro-American hip-hop and jazz musical flair that leads the show. Peculiar sounding Colin Terrence along with Abhishek and Shraddha tries too many vocal swings in their wild passionate singing but the end result is not too enterprising.

'Sadka Kiya' (I HATE LUV STORYS) was quite a rage, yes it was and so was the intense singing of Suraj Jagan that finally made its first striking blow in the marquee. The next offering 'Fareeda', a melancholically conceived 'death-rock' number brings out the likes of Suraj Jagan's full throttle singing that mixes well in the contours of dark edgy signature tuneful beats. Sanjeev Sharma's narrative lyrics bring out memories of 'Javeda Zindagi' (ANWAR) but the tempo of arrangements is entirely the opposite. Prashant Pillai's skillfulness in inundating the hard-metal rock feel is simply superb but the 'man-of-the-moment' is undoubtedly soloist Suraj Jagan. His variation from deep-throated baritones to huskier tones delivers out shades of disturbed emotional behavior and works well in making this as another promising background score for the flick. Impressive!!!



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Although there are many things to talk about, the two things that stand out are the camera angles and the background score. They are simply out of the world! Watch the scene in which Mathur's character is introduced or the chase scene in the second half with Pintya playing in the background and you'll marvel at the technical brilliance. The songs are superbly interspersed with the narrative. In fact, they elevate the impact to a great extent. Sreekar Prasad's editing is too good.

Rajeev Khandelwal impresses and how! He plays the honest and vulnerable cop to perfection. RJ-turned-actor Shiv Pandit is brilliant. Kalki Koechlin is efficient. Gulshan Devaiya shows promise in his work. Kirti Kulhari is decent. Neil Bhoopalam is good. Pawan Malhotra is effective. Raj Kumar Yadav, who was recently seen in RAGINI MMS, is excellent in his special appearance. Rajat Barmecha (of UDAAN fame) is hilarious in his cameo. Sheetal Menon, who plays Rajeev's wife, doesn't get much scope.

SHAITAN is a spellbinding thriller with ?awesomeness' written all over it. Splendid shaitaniyat!

Rating: 4/5



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Debutant director Bejoy Nambiar, in a pre-release interview of SHAITAN revealed that he was in the process of making the film since four years. Reason? Because no producer was willing to produce the film. Finally, just a week before the film went on floors, Anurag Kashyap decided to co-produce it and things started falling into place.

It's baffling to know why producers turned down a script like SHAITAN, which had all the ingredients of a taut thriller. Anyway, the film is finally releasing. And that is the good news.

'It's not mischief... It's not lust...It's not rage....It's not excess... It's that moment...that brings out the SHAITAN in you' read the text in SHAITAN's promo. This line aptly describes our five youngsters, who live life as if there's no tomorrow. Amrita Jayshankar aka Amy (Kalki Koechlin), Dushyant Sahiu aka Dash (Shiv Pandit), Karan Chaudhary aka KC (Gulshan Devaiya), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam) and Tanya (Kirti Kulhari) just want to have fun. All's hunky-dory until they meet with an accident and kill two people on a two wheeler. Their attempts to cover up the incident turn futile as they find themselves in a deplorable situation. Inspector Mathur (Rajeev Khandelwal), who has been suspended for throwing a high-profile person off the first floor for cheating his wife, is handed over the responsibility to fetch the youngsters.

Bejoy has come up with an ace in his very first film. Right from the script to direction to narration to execution; everything is just about perfect. There's hardly any dull moment throughout the narrative. The riveting plot offers copious twists and turns which are shrewdly done. There are enough light moments to make sure that the proceedings don't get too heavy. The way the story unfolds in the end is very convincing.



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Although there are many things to talk about, the two things that stand out are the camera angles and the background score. They are simply out of the world! Watch the scene in which Mathur's character is introduced or the chase scene in the second half with Pintya playing in the background and you'll marvel at the technical brilliance. The songs are superbly interspersed with the narrative. In fact, they elevate the impact to a great extent. Sreekar Prasad's editing is too good.

Rajeev Khandelwal impresses and how! He plays the honest and vulnerable cop to perfection. RJ-turned-actor Shiv Pandit is brilliant. Kalki Koechlin is efficient. Gulshan Devaiya shows promise in his work. Kirti Kulhari is decent. Neil Bhoopalam is good. Pawan Malhotra is effective. Raj Kumar Yadav, who was recently seen in RAGINI MMS, is excellent in his special appearance. Rajat Barmecha (of UDAAN fame) is hilarious in his cameo. Sheetal Menon, who plays Rajeev's wife, doesn't get much scope.

SHAITAN is a spellbinding thriller with ?awesomeness' written all over it. Splendid shaitaniyat!

Rating: 4/5


Rating 4/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Pandit, Rajit Kapoor, Gulshan Devaiya, Kirti Kulhari, Rajat Barmecha and Neil Bhoopalam
  • Lyrics: K.S. Krishnan, Sanjeev Sharma, Colin Terence, Abhishek and Shradha
  • Director: Bijoy Nambiar
  • Music Director: Prashant Pillai, Amar Mohile, Ranjit Barot and Anupam Roy
  • Release Date : 10 Jun 2011

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