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Haunted – 3D
Haunted3D-filmposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vikram Bhatt
Produced by Vikram Bhatt
Arun Rangachari
Story by Amin Hajee
Starring Mahaakshay Chakraborty
Twinkle Bajpai
Achint Kaur
Sagar Saikia
Music by Background Score:
Raju Rao
Songs:
Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematography Praveen Bhatt
Edited by Kuldeep Mehan
Distributed by ASA Productions and Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
DAR Motion Pictures
BVG Films
Release date(s)
  • 6 May 2011 (2011-05-06)
Running time 143 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR94.9 million (US$1.6 million)
Box office INR550 million (US$9.1 million) worldwide

Haunted – 3D is a 2011 Indian horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt[1] and starring Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Twinkle Bajpai, Achint Kaur and Sagar Saikia.[2] The film is India's first stereoscopic 3D horror film.[3][4] The promos and first look of the film were released on 7 February 2011.[5] The film was released on 6 May 2011 to mixed reviews but became a surprise hit at the box office.[6] The sequel to the film is scheduled to be released in 2014.

Plot[edit]

Rehan (Mahaakshay Chakraborty) is sent to a mansion by his father, who is in the real estate business. The mansion's caretaker died two days ago, and the mansion is going to be sold off in ten days. Rehan's father suspects this as the doing of a rival real estate company, so he sends Rehan to investigate. He meets a rag-picker on the way who tells him that only he can do it.[clarification needed] Mysterious things happen that night. Rehan sees a girl playing piano who vanishes when the door is opened; a book drops from a bookshelf on its own and Rehan finds a letter inside. The letter, written by Meera (Tia Bajpai), tells her story from 1936 when her parents left for Delhi and left her alone with her nanny Margaret (Achint Kaur), a servant and a driver. In the absence of her parents, her piano teacher Iyar (Sagar Saikia) tries to rape her. However, she saves herself by hitting Iyer with a candle stand on his head, which results in his death. Soon, the police corroborate Meera's story, as they find explicit sketches of her in Iyar's house. However, Iyer returns in the form of an evil spirit, killing both the servants and the nanny. The spirit rapes Meera repeatedly, which leads her to commit suicide, but even after her death her spirit is tortured and trapped in the mansion by the evil spirit.

After reading the letter, Rehan feels sympathetic and brings a psychic (Prachi Shah) to help, but the lady leaves after realising how strong the evil spirit is and asks Rehan to do the same. Rehan ignores her warning and stays there, challenging the evil spirit by saying its name as it is believed that saying an evil spirit's name makes it more powerful.

The next morning when he wakes up he finds the rag-picker in front of him, casting a spell. The spell sends him back 75 years to 17 August 1936, the day when Meera's parents leave for Delhi. Rehan befriends Meera by following her and pretending to be lost newcomer to the town. The next day, in order to prevent the death of Iyer, Rehan comes to Meera's house with a basket of chocolates as a gift for showing him the way to the city. Rehan says that he would like to listen to Meera's performance as he is also interested in music, but Iyer asks him to leave. Rehan insists on staying outside the door so that he will not interfere in their class and can still listen to the music. As Rehan listens to the music, Iyer hits him, throwing him out on the lawn. Iyer bolts the door from inside and tries to rape Meera while Rehan tries to prevent Iyer's death. But, as written in fate, Meera kills Iyer. A hurt Rehan is admitted to the hospital where he dreams about the evil spirit.

Rehan explains everything to Meera and asks her to meet him the next day at noon. The next day, Rehan, Meera and Margaret meet a priest, who tells them that far from the town there is a Dargah, a mosque where there is a Sufi Baba who could help them. He tells them to start the journey at 3:00 pm because spirits have the strongest power at 3:00 am and are weakest at 3:00 pm. As the travelling continues into dusk, the three stay in a hotel, but the evil spirit kills Margaret and tries to rape Meera. Rehan fights it and takes Meera the rest of the way to the Dargah. The next day, the priest is killed by a snake. Margaret's body, now possessed by the spirit, tries to stop them from entering the Dargah, but Rehan manages to put Margaret's leg at the doorstep of the Dargah thereby destroying her body. Inside they find the rag-picker who sent Rehan into the past.

He tells them that miles away is a town that was being chanted by Khwaja, and there is a well in which Meera has to show the way to Iyer's spirit, which is connected to Meera by a blood-stained pendant that Meera is still wearing. As they reach the town, Rehan has to drop the fire, mud, and the pendent. As Rehan is performing the act, Meera is attacked by Iyer, but Rehan manages to throw the pendant in the well. After saving her, Rehan falls into the well and reaches back to the year 2011. He finds another letter in the same place and discovers that Meera lived a happy life after that event. The house is no longer haunted.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Upon release, the film opened to mixed critical reviews. The Times of India while giving it three stars out of five stated "if the film works -- and it works quite well -- is only because of the special effects of the film. Experiencing the horror in 3D is indeed a novel experience for the viewer, specially since it is smartly done."[7] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it three and a half stars and concluded that "Haunted is for today's movie savvy audience. It succeeds in keeping you tense and edgy, as a true poltergeist/horror flick should. There are scenes and situations aplenty to shock and astound the viewer coupled with the 3D effects, the prosthetics, the background score, an absorbing screenplay and deft handling of the subject material."[8] Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express rated it with two stars saying that "the only new thing about `Haunted’ is that it is Bollywood horror in 3 D. The rest of it, by which we mean the principal stuff that makes it a film—story, location, characters—are all same old same old."[9] Anupama Chopra of NDTV Movies awarded the film one and a half stars describing it as "an absolutely ridiculous horror movie that works better as comedy, unintentional of course."[10] Preeti Arora of Rediff also gave it one and a half stars saying that "Haunted fails at reviving the age old haunted-house premise, bringing nothing new to the platter."[11]

Box office[edit]

According to boxofficeindia.com, Haunted – 3D recorded the highest opening ever for an Indian horror film. Released with over 1044 prints, the film grossed INR 130 million during its opening weekend.[12] By the end of its first week, the film grossed INR 143.0 million.[13] In the second weekend, the film experienced a drop of 55% from its first weekend collections, grossing INR 3.50 crore for a ten day total of INR 180 million.[14] After four weeks, the film grossed INR 262.5 million in India,[15] and INR 350 million worldwide.[16] It was declared a Hit by Boxoffice-india.[17]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music is composed by Chirantan Bhatt while the lyrics are penned by Shakeel Azmi and Junaid Wasi.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Jaaniya"   Junaid Wasi Siddharth Basrur 5:07
2. "Mujhe De De Har Gum Tera"   Junaid Wasi Siddharth Basrur 4:58
3. "Sau Baras"   Junaid Wasi Tia Bajpai 5:05
4. "Tera Hi Bas Hona Chahoon"   Junaid Wasi Jojo, Najam Sheraz 5:39
5. "Tum Ho Mera Pyaar"   Shakeel Azmi KK, Suzanne D'Mello 5:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mahaldar, Manisha (9 February 2011). "Haunted: Vikram Bhatt's new .horror flick". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  2. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo (5 February 2011). "Turn on the fear factor in 3D". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  3. ^ Koimoi.com Team. "Vikram Bhatt's Haunted – India's First Stereoscopic 3D Film". Koimoi.com. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  4. ^ IANS (17 January 2011). "Vikram Bhatt enters 3D world with 'Haunted'". IBN Live. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  5. ^ The Hitlist Team (9 February 2011). "Vikram Bhatt is ready to scare you". Mid-Day. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Haunted – 3D: Complete Cast and Crew details". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  7. ^ TNN (5 May 2011). "Haunted 3D Movie Review". Times of India. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  8. ^ Adarsh, Taran (5 May 2011). "Haunted - 3D: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  9. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (6 May 2011). "Haunted". Indian Express. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  10. ^ Chopra, Anupama (6 May 2011). "Review: Haunted". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  11. ^ Arora, Preeti (6 May 2011). "Review: Haunted is extremely torturous". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  12. ^ "Haunted Records Largest Horror Film Opening Ever". Boxofficeindia.com. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  13. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network (13 May 2011). "Haunted Has Good First Week". Boxofficeindia.Com. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  14. ^ Boxofficndia.Com Trade Network (16 May 2011). "Haunted Emerges Major Success". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  15. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network (4 June 2011). "Ready Bumper Opening Pyaar Ka Punchnama Steady". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  16. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network (1 July 2011). "Top Worldwide Grossers Mid Year 2011". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  17. ^ http://boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=368&catName=MjAxMQ==

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