Movie horror

Director: Prakash Jaiswal

Screenplay, dialogue and direction:

Meerak Mirza

Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Amitava Bhattacharya, Indrajeet, Parijat Chakraborty, Vivek Trivedi, Govind Namdeo and Mushtaq Khan

The strangest thing about the film Murder, directed by Mumbai-based Prakash Jaiswal is that there is no murder committed throughout the film. But there is suspense in the sudden death of Manav (Indrajeet). Did his wife Mahi (Rituparna Sengupta) kill him? The Mumbai police suspect so and follow Mahi to Goa where she is advised by her psychiatrist to take rest, in order to rid herself of the trauma she is suffering. Mahi's friend (Parijat Chakraborty) accompanies her because it is a lovely opportunity for her to get into those sizzling acts with her lover (Vivek Trivedi). But Mahi is haunted by the spirit of Manav who pines for her and cannot live in the other world without her. Mahi's trauma does not stop her from falling head over heels in love with Milind (Amitava Bhattacharya) who belts out pop and jazz numbers in a discotheque in Goa. Manav is hell-bent on destroying Milind.

The film is relieved by the antics of the two police officers (Govind Namdeo and Mushtaq Khan) who are fleshed out to resemble the bumbling pair Thomson and Thompson from the Tintin comics. These are the only two characters who make some sense in the film. Rituparna is the other saving grace though her character is all botched up and confusing. She tries her best to do some justice to a very badly written role in a terrible script. Parijat has little to do except wriggle her hips and frolic on the Goa beaches. Indrajeet and Amitava sleep-walk through their roles. The caretaker and the ayah in the bungalow talk, walk and behave like ghosts, inspiring laughter instead of fear. Milind Gunaji as Dr. George Lucas, the Catholic priest who specialises in exorcising evil spirits succeeds only after the bungalow's caretaker and ayah are disposed of and a lot of fireworks emerge out of Manav's ghostly eyes.

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