|A sequel to the 2008 horror film 1920, 1920 - Evil
Returns revolves around the love story between poet Jaidev Verma
(Aftab Shivdasani) and a young violinist Smruti (Tia Bajpai). Although
the two have never seen each other, their love story blossoms through
the letters, filled with romantic poetry, which they send each other.
However, Smruti gets possessed by an evil spirit!
Somehow, she lands up at Jaidev’s house. However, since she has
lost her memory there’s no way either Jaidev or she will know who the
other person is. The evil spirit, who eventually turns out to be
Jaidev’s old friend Amar, wreaks havoc all over. She spits nails,
levitates in the air, and gets fits and the usual rigmarole.
This film gets just about everything wrong. The dialogues, in
particular, are laughably bad. The acting doesn’t salvage anything
either. Tia Bajpai tries hard to look convincing as the possessed girl
but her performance gets overshadowed by the bizarre screenplay.
So you have the tantrik, doctor, concerned family members,
suspecting maidservants lined up. All of them have their own take on
how to get rid of the ‘evil spirit’. The inane plot is filled with
silly dialogues. Some will make you guffaw, but after a while, it gets
on your nerves.
The first-half is still bearable, notwithstanding the stupefying
lines and the unwanted Sufiyana ballads. However, the second half
tests your patience to the core and completely annihilates all your
hopes to the ‘point of no return’. The premise is like any other
Bollywood horror film. Over the last few years, a new genre has come
up. It is called the ’Unintentionally funny horror film with sexual
Vidya Malvade, who plays Jaidev Verma’s sister Karuna, delivers an
appalling performance. For a moment, you would still blame the
writers. But then, going by her record in Hindi films post the
brilliant Chak De India, she is just not up to it. Aftab
Shivdasani tries hard to look serious while doing inexplicable things
on screen, but fails miserably. Tia Bajpai delivers a fine performance
as the possessed girl, but the story and the screenplay is way too
absurd to accommodate her efforts. It’s a badly written ‘horror film’.
Filled with unintentional laughs, the ‘scary’ scenes lack the thrill.
Writing, as already mentioned, is quite bizarre. The bad acting
doesn’t leave any stone unturned either. Bhushan Patel repeats the
same formula that Vikram Bhatt films are known for. Although such
films work with the masses, ideally, there should be something
‘horrific’ about a horror film. The horror, over here, lies in the
Music by Chirantan Bhatt is average with no memorable track in the
entire film. The film has been shot well by Naren Gedia. The gorgeous
locales of Sweden up the visual quotient of the film considerably.
The film is nothing like 1920. In all probability, the evil
shall not return again.