Shaitaan Film Evaluation | Filmfare.com



critic’s ranking: 



3.0/5

The movie is a remake of the Gujarati horror movie Vash (2023). Janki Bodiwala reprises her position from the unique right here. Kabir (Ajay Devgn) and Jyoti (Jyotika), together with their teenage daughter Jahnvi (Janki Bodiwala), and son Dhruv (Anngad Raaj) drive away to their distant farmhouse to spend some high quality time. Their tranquillity shatters when a stranger. Vanraj Kashyap (R Madhavan), enters their world. He someway takes full management of Jyoti’s will and makes her a slave of kinds. She harms herself, nearly kills her brother, slaps her father and fights along with her mom. All that is introduced out in visceral element. The viewer is spared nothing. Kabir and Jyoti attempt vainly to get Janhvi to take heed to them however to no avail. Issues hold escalating. Vanraj desires to remove Janhvi however he would solely accomplish that with their express permission. We be taught that he’s an evil tantrik who desires to take over the world. And should sacrifice a bevy of women to take action. He succeeds in luring Janhvi away and now it’s as much as Kabir to save lots of her and different ladies from being killed.

The movie begins with a disclaimer that the movie isn’t propagating superstition after which proceeds to take action for the subsequent two hours. Vanraj equates himself to God, claims he can management anybody if he deems match and indulges within the form of mumbo jumbo even avenue magicians will kept away from. The climax scene, which showcases mass hypnotism, options younger ladies all desirous to throw themselves in a pyre. There’s no backstory as to why he’s turn out to be this instrument of evil. He’s made to spout some nonsense about controlling the lifetime of everybody on the planet and we’re alleged to imagine that.

Ajay Devgn performed a laid-back man who makes use of his wits to save lots of his household within the Drishyam franchise and type of steps again into the Drishyam mould once more on this movie. He’s completely forged because the tremendous caring dad who retains a detailed watch on his kids however provides them ample freedom on the similar time. He brings out the helplessness and dedication of a loving father who would do all of it to save lots of his world from falling aside completely nicely and appears good in motion scenes as nicely. Jyothika, seen in a Hindi movie after aeons, is forged as a caring mom who fights like a wounded lioness with regards to saving her daughter. Her reactions look completely real. She makes use of her physique language and expressive eyes to convey a variety of feelings. She shares rapport with Ajay Devgn. It’s good to see middle-aged stars being forged collectively and performing their age. It’s a step in the best route certainly. Madhavan and Jyothikha have acted in romantic comedies like Dumm Dumm Dumm (2001) and Priyamaana Thozhi (2003) earlier and have a reunion of kinds in Shaitaan. However he’s taking part in a villain right here and never her love curiosity. Maddy has gotten the very best position of the lot and one might be seen having a whale of a time essaying it. He’s actually imply and scary, particularly within the first half. Janki Bodiwala makes a formidable Hindi debut because the possessed daughter. She makes the viewers root for her and empathise along with her predicament.

All-in-all, leaving apart the tantric angle, Shaitaan is an efficient psychological thriller with good performances throughout. The movie nosedives throughout its ending, which may have been executed higher.

Trailer : Shaitaan

Dhaval Roy, March 8, 2024, 12:30 PM IST


critic’s ranking: 



3.5/5


Story: When a household lets a stranger into their farmhouse, the person mysteriously controls the teenage daughter. She does each weird and life-threatening factor he instructions her to. What darkish secret does the stranger possess, and may this determined household escape his twisted sport?

Evaluation: A superb supernatural thriller usually depends on components of horror and suspense to maintain the viewer hooked. Even when it skimps on bounce scares however offers an unsettling expertise, it’s a job nicely achieved. In that sense, director Vikas Bahl has acquired it proper with Shaitaan.
The film introduces one to Kabir’s (Ajay Devgn) completely happy household, which incorporates his spouse Jyoti (Jyotika), teenage daughter Jahnavi (Janki Bodiwala), and nerdy son Dhruv (Anngad Raaj). The movie rapidly builds a way of unease, as a stranger, Vanraj Kashyap (R Madhavan), enters their lives. He mysteriously good points full management of Jahnavi, a lot in order that she obeys each command he provides. Unease quickly turns to dread as Vanraj’s orders turn out to be more and more terrible and harmful to Jahnavi herself and her members of the family. The remainder of the story unravels the thriller behind what makes Vanraj highly effective, his motive, and if the household will escape his torment.

Shaitaan’s enchantment lies within the environment it creates, particularly with out the usage of CGI. It principally hinges on the antagonist’s sinister intentions and video games, which go away you with an unsettling feeling. Written by Aamir Keeyan Khan and Krishnadev Yagnik, the movie sidesteps normal horror tropes. But it surely does contact upon the ageold supernatural versus science debate and human crudity that makes the species as fundamental as malevolent forces.

The narrative maintains tempo and the remedy makes the film gripping for probably the most half, though issues will get a tad monotonous within the second half. Albeit not too suspenseful, the buildup is unnerving. The story has some unconvincing components, and one scene provides away a pivotal plot level, which makes the climax predictable. Cinematographer Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti excels in creating an environment of dread and darkness, additional enhanced by Amit Trivedi’s music.

Madhavan is excellent because the malevolent determine and pulls off each sinister deed completely. Ajay Devgn delivers a strong efficiency as a helpless however decided father. Jyotika stands her may, too. Janki Bodiwala deserves to be lauded for her pitch-perfect efficiency because the younger lady beneath a devious spell. She laughs, cries, dances, and assaults on cue in instant succession completely. Anngad Raaj because the son performs nicely, too.

Though Shaitaan’s narrative stumbles at occasions, the masterful use of environment and top-notch performing elevate it into an unsettling expertise value having.



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