404 (film)

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404
404 Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Prawaal Raman
Produced by Nameeta Nair
Screenplay by Prawaal Raman
Starring Imaad Shah
Nishikant Kamat
Rajvvir Aroraa
Tisca Chopra
Satish Kaushik
Music by Imaad Shah[1]
Cinematography Savita Singh
Edited by Sarvesh Parab
Production
company
Pixion, Adlabs
Release date
  • 20 May 2011 (2011-05-20)
Country India
Language Hindi

404 (also known as 404: Error Not Found) is a 2011 Indian Hindi psychological thriller film written and directed by Prawaal Raman. It stars Imaad Shah, Nishikant Kamat, Rajvvir Aroraa, Tisca Chopra and Satish Kaushik in the lead roles. It is produced by Imagik Media Private Ltd. (Nameeta Nair) and was released in theaters on May 20, 2011. The movie follows a Medical College student who shifts to the College Hostel's Room No. 404 where a previously staying medical student had committed suicide and the paranormal delusions that he begins having since then.

Plot[edit]

Professor Anirudh (Nishikant Kamath) strongly believes in science and for him things which don’t have scientific explanation do not exist. A room in his medical institution (numbered 404) is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a student who previously stayed in that room and had committed suicide there, which he surely doesn’t believe. A rational student Abhimanyu (Rajvvir Aroraa) now occupies that room. Abhimanyu experiences the unusual and now has to choose between what to believe and what not. Despite evidence suggesting a rational explanation to the physical events following up to the climax, the movie closes open-endedly, leaving a supernatural explanation equally likely.[2]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was generally well received by critics. The Times of India rated the film 4 out of 5 stars, praising the movie's performances, cinematography and direction calling the movie a smart paranormal drama. In their review, they commented, "The highpoint of the film lies in the fact that it explores paranormal activity without abandoning science and rationality. And that indeed is a rare achievement."[3][4] Bollywood Hungama similarly gave the movie 3 stars out of 5. In his review for Bollywood Hungama, Taran Adarsh wrote, "404 is yet another innovative story with a taut screenplay, riveting direction and applaud-worthy performances as its strong points. Original in content and radical in approach, this new-age thriller is yet another step in the right direction of content over stars."[5] Writing for Rediff, Preeti Arora similarly praised the movie's spooky cinematography and applauded director Prawaal Raman for not resorting to gimmicks such as "cuss words and mindless obscenities" while criticizing the melodrama and the length of the climax. She rated the movie 3.5 stars out of 5.[6]

Conversely, Komal Nahta from Koimoi gave the movie a "Business Rating" of 1 out of 5, summing up the movie's bad parts as being, "The confusing screenplay; the abstract ending; the attempt to debunk the theory that ghosts exist." In his final verdict, Nahta remarked that 404: Error Not Found will win critical acclaim but not box-office awards.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imaad Shah turns music director". The Times of India. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  2. ^ "404-It's all in the mind". Indian Express. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  3. ^ "4 stars for 404". The Times Of India. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  4. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (19 May 2011). "404". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  5. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "404 Review - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  6. ^ "Review: 404 is a must watch for horror fans". Rediff. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. ^ "404 Review | Koimoi". Koimoi. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2018-01-08.

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