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The film is as unimaginative as its title. It's hard to believe that a debut director would find decades-old techniques inspiring. Heck, the filmmaker has even chosen to copy Ram Gopal Varma's (incidentally, the producer of the original) much-criticized bizarre camera angles that add no meaning to the scene, and only distracts the viewer.

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We meet our protagonists who live in '90s Haridwar, in a world of VCRs and landline phones. A world where the father warns the son not to let a cow enter their shop and people are greeted with "chai-campa". It's also a world where an overbearing family gets their unwilling son Prem a.k.a Lappu (Ayushmann Khurrana) married against their wishes.

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It's quite tough to get over the beginning as you see the film’s writer-director-cinematographer-designer and lead actor Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan (SGRRSJI) singing a hip-hop number in a coat with lime-green fur, blingy sunglasses, a super-shiny jacket and what seems like a string of pearls jostling for space.

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The axe forgets, but the tree remembers"— these ominous wordsbegin our story. And we realize that ‘Don’t Miss the Beginning’ ispart of the title, even as the opening credits appear in bold,blood-red lettering.

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We know there's something suspenseful about the characters right away. It's the way they go about their lives and their larger-than-life demeanor.

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We're all too familiar with the unfortunate Aarushi murder case that shocked the nation in 2008. Reminds one of the adage about truth being stranger than fiction. Rahasya is, putting it succinctly, a fictional take on the truth.

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A deserted guest house, a piano (for no obvious reason), a mysterious woman (who can talk in a man's voice at will), a writer looking for inspiration, and a laughing ghost among other paranormal elements. In short, this is a mash-up of countless Vikram Bhatt films (he's the producer-writer here) in the past.

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A film that exposes/challenges the accepted belief that the Wright Brothers created the world's first functional airplane has the potential for an exhilarating, intelligent and deeply emotional film, never mind the lack of any proof. But that's not what you get, sadly.

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On a superficial level, the film is a reasonably engaging thriller, but with its share of unintentionally comical moments and gaffes. On the other hand, its fundamentals and politics make you squirm.

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Debut director Abhishek Dogra gives us a film that's an above-average entertainer, with an interesting story and a solid ensemble cast.

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