Release Date: 26th, September, 2014
Cast: Rannvijay Singh, Anindita Nayar, Salil Acharya, Kavin Dave
Writer/Director: Vishal S Mahadkar
Prodcuer: Siddharth Atha
Plot: 3 AM stars Rannvijay Singh and Anindita Nayar and revolves around three friends, who set out to make a reality show on the existence of ghosts in the world.
Their journey begins with the abandoned Rudra Mills, an allegedly haunted place where many paranormal activities have been reported. Though the shoot starts off on an easy note, as darkness begins to fall, the trio realizes that they might have bitten off more than they could chew.
What begins is a chill fare with the three friends being hunted by an unknown ghostly entity. Will the trio survive?
Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Rannvijay Singh, Anindita Nayar, Salil Acharya, Kavin Dave
Director: Vishal S Mahadkar
What’s Good: The intention to explore a new space in the horror genre and a few chills.
What’s Bad: The film picks up plot too late and loses steam soon enough. Amidst a high voltage, chilling scene, the film breaks into a song sequence and goes into a flashback mode.
Loo break: Quite some.
Watch or Not?: If you know the film’s ending from one of its first few scenes, it cannot be good horror. But still 3AM, attempts to make a film out of Rannvijay’s MTV experiences which if they had ideally stuck to would make a really scary film. But to force inject commercial factors and resorting to Bollywood’s ideas of horror fare, makes 3AM another mediocre attempt. It scares in a scene or two but that even a Ramsay film can do. What’s different or new? Rom-com is formula based and if done right, it always works but the same doesn’t stand true for horror movies, where something new is always seeked. You can watch 3AM but there is nothing new, nothing great or nothing specific to recommend it for.
Sunny (Rannvijay Singh) is a reality show host who proposes to his girlfriend Saarah (Anindita Nayar) on the day his show celebrates their 100 successful episodes. She is a journalist who is doing a story on the haunted locations of Mumbai. One night during her research at Rudra Mills, the girl is mysteriously killed. Sunny is devastated and soon after he plots a reality show that covers its hosts being locked down in a haunted location all day and capturing paranormal activities. Sunny and his team have a serious brush with the other world in Rudra Mill but does Sunny meet Saarah again is what 3 AM is all about. The real challenge for the boys is to survive the night in the haunted place and come out alive from there.
3AM Review: Script Analysis
A journalist writing a story on Mumbai’s Rudra Mills is mysteriously found hanging there at 3AM and till morning even after the police has reached, and her screaming fiancé makes a dramatic entry she is still there hanging. I am sure it was a very difficult shot to shoot but it was a needless, deprived of logic shot. These are the kind of basic flaws that exist in the film. Life’s going great for a young couple till one of them die while covering a haunted place for a story. Heartbroken and wasted, he decides to make a show based on the experiences of being inside a haunted spot all night. Reminds you of MTV? There’s a difference. His show was was more scary than the film. The edgy factor and the realistic element both were more in that show as compared to this film.
However, as the story advances there are pathways for spirits to pass from one world to another, black magic, Bhagwad Geeta to the rescue and what not. It’s annoyingly silly. I am anyway not a fan of the horror space but good films no matter which genre they come from are usually appreciated. However, the second half is badly written and it is offensive that despite promises of a great premise, the film fails to build adequately.
Amongst the funny scenes are the ones in which a show host is challenging the dead. It almost sounds like ‘Agar Maa Ka Doodh Piya Hai Toh Bahar Nikal.’ If one has seen Paranormal Activity and have been ‘shit scared’ of it, it is because there is no attempt to offer a visual shape to the ghost. Sometimes fear of the unseen works better than loud masks. Ghosts will seriously be annoyed with Bollywood writers for stereotyping them so shabbily. Post interval, the film enters the predictable phase and ends in exactly what I had expected. Did I enjoy? I won’t call it yawn worthy but this one has potential if they had made a film purely out of Rannvijay’s MTV show. Diluting that cost them heavily.
3AM Review: Star Performances
Rannvijay is quite himself and for most part that works but when he is made to act, he falls. His crying scenes seem too enforced. It was part-good but I have never been able to see him as actor material. Probably he is that good as VJ that fans can’t admit to him becoming an actor.
Anindita Nayar needs bigger roles in films. If we are to judge her at all, she needs bigger time frame and more screen space than both her films have given her so far.
The others in the film weren’t significant enough to be mentioned. Salil and Kavin were absolutely wasted in the film altogether.