Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and a half star)
Star Cast: Meera Chopra, Sharman Joshi
Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
What’s Good: The only relief in this film is its runtime. Impossible to witness this yawnfest for more than two hours.
What’s Bad: Where do we start? A lazy writing, poor direction and an even more unconvincing act!
Loo Break: Hell yeah!
Watch or Not?: You should give this one a miss! This is a film that uses every trick in the book and still fails to scare you. Only the really, really weak-hearted could get scared of this!
Shivangi (Meera Chopra) comes from a Rajasthani royal family. The princess is married to a prince named Veer (Vishal Karwal) and the duo stay in London. Everything is hunky dory in their lives until a gift from their hometown makes its way into their home.
The royal necklace has been put under a spell of the black magic and soon possesses Veer’s body.
A scared Shivangi returns home to a seek help. When a local mantrik fails to help her, she is told that only one person can and that is her ex-boyfriend Jai (Sharman Joshi). Initially being resistant to Shivangi’s Request, Jai gives in and decides to help her.
Will Jai be able to save Veer from his deteriorating condition? Will the Daayan leave Veer’s body is what lies ahead.
1920 London Review: Script Analysis
Can someone tell filmmakers that even horror movies need a script. It is unruly for them to just put a love story, heartbreak and then marital bliss as a part of it.
This film is an excuse of a horror film. In fact I would say, the dialogues were way creepier that what we were subjected to on a visual front.
Rajasthan has become one of the most favorite places for Bollywood’s horror setting. Its as if cities never experience any haunted events. Probably they should have taken Adhyayan Suman’s detailed story to dig more into black magic events happening in the city.
How does a dialogue related to Mahabharat and Ramayana make its way into such a film? Its like every villain has to be a Raavan.
Black magic is a done to death topic. The typical concepts of a black cat crossing, the use of Gangaajal etc are sold under the impression of scaring you.
Logic is kept aside and hence the India-London travel is mere teleportation from one place to another.
What’s the worst thing in this film is that, there is absolutely no interaction between the possessed soul and those living surrounding it. The ghost mere laughs but that too being so artificial, we hardly even get startled by it.
Several scenes are left incomplete, like when the possessed body leaves the hospital walking on its hands, how do they take it home in a normal condition.
1920 London Review: Star Performance
Meera Chopra’s weak performance further pulls down this film. Her efforts to emote can be seen in each frame.
Sharman Joshi seriously needs to review the choice of his films. After Hate Story 3, this is another terrible choice for an actor like him.
Vishal Karwal is the husband whose body has been possessed. Other than a few really bad scenes, it is a relief that for most of the time, he is shown to be lying on bed ageing day by day!
1920 London Review: Direction, Music
The lighting for most part of the film remains the same. Dark lit humongous mansions are such a cliche. Director, Tinu Suresh Desai’s camera work has a serious lack of innovation.
One of the crucial scenes being Veer’s first bout with the ghost is captured so dull that it lays a poor base for the rest of the film.
Rocking chairs, creaking doors, blood dripping from the ceiling are extremely old tricks and they are used with no intelligence in this film.
The background score is obviously worked upon but it is a giveaway for what’s about to come in the next scene and kills the excitement completely.
Other than the poorly crafted exorcism scenes, this film has romantic songs that completely put you off it.
For two hours, this movie seems like a complete waste if you were looking to satiate your frightful taste buds.
1920 London Review: The Last Word
1920 London is the third instalment of the franchise and I hope the last one. A complete failure in scaring, startling or even racing your hearts for that matter. I am going with a 1.5/5 for the film.
1920 London Trailer
1920 London releases on 6th May, 2016.
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