Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Karan Singh Grover, Bipasha Basu, Zakir Hussain
Director: Bhushan Patel
What’s Good: The use of all possible creepy elements such as wooden doors that make noises, swing and an overall horrific location. Interestingly, Bhushan Patel manages to infuse a good amount of suspense in the film and stretches it to the very climax even though one starts getting the hints quite early on. The visual effects are quite decent and it seems Patel is getting the hang of it with every film.
What’s Bad: Well, I would say a wrong timing of intimate scenes that nearly breaks the link of a ‘could have been’ gripping tale. Also the spine chilling moments don’t come very often and more often than not it is the background score that gives away what’s coming, thus leaving you all ready for the scene.
Loo break: Won’t miss much! Relieve yourself!
Watch or Not?: Alone is once again not an out and out horror film and so it won’t satiate your scary needs or give you nightmares. If you are a fan of Bollywood’s horror films then this one is worth your watch. Don’t even think of comparing it to its original Thai film by the same name, because I couldn’t watch that one without closing my eyes every two seconds. Alone is a decent weekend watch if you have nothing else to do.
Sanjana and Anjana are conjoined twins who swear to be together no matter what. Right from their childhood, the twins seem too share distinct personalities and while Sanjana is usually the loving and caring one, Anjana is somewhat spoilt by this. As years pass by and the twins grow old, the more and more attention that Sanjana gets, it creates insecurities for Anjana and jealousy steps in when both fall for the same guy, Kabir (Karan Singh Grover). Kabir falls in love with Sanjana and that’s unbearable for her twin sister.
Well, after years of losing her sister in an operation to separate them, Sanjana who is happily married to Kabir returns to her hometown Kerala, only to be haunted by her sister’s ghost. Whilst hurting Sanjana what are her sister’s motives? Is it just Kabir or something else? Watch to find out.
Alone Review: Script Analysis
I have to agree even though adapted; the film’s story is quite a breath of fresh air with a haunted twin as the focus. Alone has its own spine-chilling moments and in certain scenes the visual effects such as the ‘rotating bed scene’ almost takes you back to the Exorcism of Emily Rose. The story is well-kept and with a tinge of suspense it is gripping in parts.
The only problem is that once again like most horror stories this one too relies on the same old tricks and more often than not they are cheap thrills, nothing that give you a haunting experience. Use of Kerala backwaters as the scary location is a good move. Bhushan Patel gets better with his story and certainly he has gone a notch higher from his last Ragini MMS 2.
All in all the story is a winner for the hero considering both the twins are not only obsessed with him affectionately but sexually too! At one point it seems as though all the ghost wanted to do was to sleep with Karan Singh Grover since that is the only thing that happens when the ghost possess a body.
Overall this one disappoints since it does not really break Bollywood’s streak of coming up with average, not-so-nerve-wrenching dramas.
Alone Review: Star Performances
Bipasha Basu is known to be the ‘horror queen’ and she does maintain this image of hers with Alone. The actress other than flaunting her hot bod in the normal avatar does a much better job when she takes up the ghostly garb. She is scary but sadly don’t let her speak is what I would say. Beware she might scare you off with her obsessive erotic thoughts. Well, after Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, all men may get scared of this one.
Karan Singh Grover debuts with this film but he still acts just like it is a TV serial drama. More often than not, he is stone faced in the film but the actor does best at flaunting his body and well that’s all for his character.
Alone Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Bhushan Patel is certainly one of the better one when it comes to mixing erotic and horror in one film. In this one, thankfully he sticks to the intimate portions only with one song and that is quite a relief. The problem comes when there is a repetitive background score which may scare you for a bit but after a point it is just monotonous.
Also it would have been better if the director had introduced some fresh elements in the film rather than the same old practices of wooden doors reeking and utensils banging and of course why do people keep pianos in the house, for ghosts to come up and play in the middle of the night. The editing is fine as the film is kept crisp for most portions other than songs that could have been chucked since they break the overall link.
Alone Review: The Last Word
Alone at the end is quite a typical Bollywood horror film which will scare you in bits and parts. Of course it’s an achievement it does not get funny since we have a habit of usually taking it lightly considering the primitive effects they used earlier. For its special effects, its not exceptional but does a decent job of giving you minor jerks in the seat. I am going with a 2.5/5 for this film.
Alone releases on 16th January, 2015.
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