Vaastu Shastra: Promo watch

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 03, 2004 04:08 hrs

Cast: Sushmita Sen, Chakravarthy, Sayaji Shinde, Purab Kohli, Peeya Rai Chaudhary, Rajpal Yadav, Yashpal Sharma and Zakir Hussain

Another horror-thriller product from RGV's factory comes in the form of Vaastu Shastra. The trailer opens with a legal notice that states ‘The producers are not responsible for any consequences of watching this film'.

Whether used as a fear-inducing note or a precautionary message (since a person died in India last year while watching RGV's Bhoot in a cinema hall); for lovers of Varma style thrillers, this remark is just as ineffectual as the statutory warning on cigarette packs.

The promo displays the movie title in Hindi script throughout perhaps to add to the rustic feel. Vaastu Shastra — ‘It won't help you' reads the tagline of the film.

Ironically the film seems to work against one fallacy — that of Vaastu Shastra, while promoting another superstition — that of the supernatural. That makes us more inquisitive towards the theme and treatment of the film.

The trailer opens on a haunting background score with a car shown moving towards Saswade, a village 30 kms on the outskirts of Pune city. With more one-liners, the trailer makes its point clear. ‘If Bhoot scared you, this will kill you'.

Now if this is not an overstatement, there's something real exciting in store for horror flick fans. However this film directed by RGV Protégé — Sourabh Usha Narang isn't a sequel of Bhoot, though in the same league. Infact it reminds more of RGV's Raat because of it's rural setup.

With this film Chakravarthy of Satya fame returns to Varma camp while Sushmita Sen makes her entry too.

Chakravarthy plays a writer who lands up at a secluded mansion in Saswade with his doctor wife (Sushmita) and four year old son; to let his creative juices flow and complete his writing assignments. But the mysterious mansion doesn't live up to its name — Shanti Kutir (which was also the film's earlier title).

“Yaha bhoot bhi rehte hai” says the pokerfaced kiddo in one of his lines who gets the maximum footage in the trailer.

From building basements, feline faces, candlelit rooms, sneaking eyes, following hands to vanishing lights, the promo shows everything habitually related to horror flicks. Infact even some bleached ghostly faces are revealed in the promo clip.

The trailer ends on a chilling note with crackling sound and thumping beats showing the façade of a 10-year old girl (seemingly the spirit) in the mandatory white frock associated with ghosts.

The last line goes ‘This September you will die'. Indeed horror flick aficionados will be dying for this film. Indiafm

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