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Haunted – 3D is a 2011 Indian horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt and starring Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Tia Bajpai, Achint Kaur and Arif Zakaria.[3][4] The film is India's first stereoscopic 3D horror film.[5][6] The promos and first look of the film were released on 7 February 2011.[7] The film was released on 6 May 2011 to mixed reviews but became a surprise hit at the box office.[8]

Haunted – 3D
Haunted3D-filmposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVikram Bhatt
Produced by
Story byAmin Hajee
Starring
Music byChirantan Bhatt
CinematographyPravin Bhatt
Edited byKuldeep Mehan
Distributed by
Release date
  • 6 May 2011 (2011-05-06)
Running time
143 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget13 crore[1]
Box officeest. 36 crore[2]

PlotEdit

Rehan (Mahaakshay Chakraborty) travels to Koti, Shimla, to prepare a mansion Glen Manor for sale for his father's real estate company. He comes to know that the mansion's caretaker died two days ago from a heart attack due to the house being haunted. Although he does not believes in this at first, he meets a rag picker (Sanjay Sharma) telling him that only he will be able to stop the hauntings.

Mysterious things happen over the next few nights, exactly at 3:00 am. Rehan saves himself from a few fatal attacks, hears repeated screams of a woman, sees a girl singing and playing piano who vanishes when he opens the door; a book drops from a bookshelf on its own and Rehan finds a letter inside. The suicide letter, written by Meera Sabharwal (Tia Bajpai) to her parents, tells her story from 1936 when they left for Delhi to attend her brother's wedding and left her alone with her nanny Margaret (Achint Kaur), a servant and a driver. In their absence, her piano teacher Iyer (Arif Zakaria) tried to rape her during her lessons. However, she saved herself by hitting him hard with a candle stand on his head, which resulted in his death. Soon, the police corroborated Meera's story, as they found a few personal things and explicit sketches of hers drawn by Iyer in his house. However, Iyer, obsessed with Meera, returned in the form of an evil spirit, killing her servant first, then her driver and last of all Margaret, leaving her all alone in the mansion. He raped Meera repeatedly for the next six days, who ended up committing suicide in despair. Rehan realizes that even after her death her spirit is trapped and tortured inside the mansion by Iyer's spirit to this day.

After reading the letter, he feels sympathetic and brings a psychic Mrs. Stevens (Prachi Shah) to help, but the woman leaves after realising how much evil and obsessive Iyer's spirit is and asks Rehan to do the same. Rehan ignores her warning and stays there, challenging Iyer by repeating his name as it is believed that saying an evil spirit's name makes it more powerful. However, Iyer appears before him, warning him to get out of the mansion and violently throws him out. Rehan tries to get in again, hearing the screams, but Meera appears before him too, saying that Iyer will never let him free her from his captivity. A tearful Rehan steps back and kneels down in despair before the thundering mansion, echoing with Meera's screams.

The next morning when he wakes up he finds the rag-picker in front of him, casting a spell. The spell sends him back 75 years to 17 August 1936, the day when Meera's parents leave for Delhi. Rehan befriends Meera by being shown the way to the city by her, calling himself to be a lost newcomer to the town. The next day, in order to prevent Iyer's death, Rehan comes to Glen Manor with a basket full of chocolates for Meera as a gift for showing him the way to the city, seconds before Iyer could carry out his intention. Rehan says that he would like to listen to Meera's performance as he is also interested in music, but Iyer asks him to leave. Rehan insists on staying outside the door so that he will not interfere in their class and can still listen to the music (so that he could come to Meera's help if Iyer tries to rape her). As Rehan listens, Iyer unexpectedly hits him, throwing him out on the lawn. He bolts the door from inside and tries to rape a horrified Meera while Rehan tries to prevent his death. But, as written in fate, Meera kills him. Injured, (and even distraught for not being able to change the event) Rehan is admitted to the hospital by Margaret and Meera where he dreams about Iyer's spirit, saying that he knows he is from the future, his intentions and says that he will not let him win.

Rehan wakes up from the dream the next morning and escapes from the hospital to save Meera's servant, who, according to her letter, was going to get killed. He is horrified along with Meera, Margaret and the driver when he finds the servant to be dead already. Desperate for her cooperation, he explains everything to Meera and asks her to meet him the next day at noon. The next day, Rehan, Meera and Margaret meet a priest (Mohan Kapoor), who tells them that far from the town is a Dargah, a mosque where there is a Sufi Baba who could help them. He tells them to start the journey at 3:00 pm because spirits are weakest at this point of time and are strongest at 3:00 am. He also says that he will pray for them so that Iyer's spirit won't be able to do anything directly to them while they reach their destination . As the travelling continues into dusk, the three stay in a hotel. At night, Iyer's spirit enters Margaret's body through a phone call and tries to rape Meera again. Rehan fights it and takes Meera the rest of the way to the Dargah.

Meera, concerned about Rehan's safety, tries to leave him without caring for herself and calling herself the cause of the whole problem, but Rehan convinces her to let him help by professing his love for her. They both kiss.

Meanwhile, the priest is killed by a snake. Margaret, possessed by Iyer, tries to stop them from entering the Dargah, but Rehan manages to put Margaret's foot at the doorstep of the Dargah thereby forcing Iyer's spirit to leave and throwing off her dead body. Inside they find the same rag-picker who sent Rehan into the past, revealing himself to be the Sufi baba.

He tells them that a mile away is a town that was being chanted by Khwaja, and there is a well which makes anything reach it's place where it has to, and in which Meera has to show the way to Iyer's spirit, which is connected to Meera through his blood stained on her pendant when she killed him. As they reach the town, they have to drop the fire, mud, and the pendant (as the well works along with the five elements, water and air being already available). As Meera is performing the act with Rehan by her side, both are interrupted by Iyer, who drags Meera away and tries to rape her again, but Rehan manages to throw the pendant in the well, and Iyer is dragged into it. Thus, saving Meera, Rehan accidentally falls into the well too, as written in fate, and reaches back to the year 2011. He finds another letter written by Meera to him in the same place, thanking him for gifting her a new life and saying that she was distraught at first for losing him forever, but then decided to live a happy life, in order to give importance to the invaluable gift bestowed on her. An emotional and happy Rehan looks at a smiling Meera in the photo frames on the wall with her family, husband and her child (named after him) and sits on the bed with her letter in hand, realising that Glen Manor is now finally free from her screams and is now no longer haunted.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Upon release, the film opened to mixed critical reviews. The Times of India while giving it three stars out of five stated "if the film works -- and it works quite well -- is only because of the special effects of the film. Experiencing the horror in 3D is indeed a novel experience for the viewer, specially since it is smartly done."[9] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it three and a half stars and concluded that "Haunted is for today's movie savvy audience. It succeeds in keeping you tense and edgy, as a true poltergeist/horror flick should. There are scenes and situations aplenty to shock and astound the viewer coupled with the 3D effects, the prosthetics, the background score, an absorbing screenplay and deft handling of the subject material."[10] Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express rated it with two stars saying that "the only new thing about `Haunted’ is that it is Bollywood horror in 3 D. The rest of it, by which we mean the principal stuff that makes it a film—story, location, characters—are all same old same old."[11] Anupama Chopra of NDTV Movies awarded the film one and a half stars describing it as "an absolutely ridiculous horror movie that works better as comedy, unintentional of course."[12] Preeti Arora of Rediff also gave it one and a half stars saying that "Haunted fails at reviving the age old haunted-house premise, bringing nothing new to the platter."[13]

Box officeEdit

According to boxofficeindia.com, Haunted – 3D recorded the highest opening ever for an Indian horror film. Released with over 1044 prints, the film grossed 130 million during its opening weekend.[14] By the end of its first week, the film grossed 143.0 million.[15] In the second weekend, the film experienced a drop of 55% from its first weekend collections, grossing 3.50 crore for a ten-day total of 180 million.[16] After four weeks, the film grossed 262.5 million in India,[17] and 350 million worldwide.[18] It was declared a Hit by Boxoffice-india.[19]

SoundtrackEdit

The music is composed by Chirantan Bhatt while the lyrics are penned by Shakeel Azmi and Junaid Wasi.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Jaaniya"Junaid WasiSiddharth Basrur5:07
2."Mujhe De De Har Gum Tera"Junaid WasiSiddharth Basrur, Jojo, Najam Sheraz, Alibinyahiyazaidi4:58
3."Sau Baras"Junaid WasiTia Bajpai5:05
4."Tera Hi Bas Hona Chahoon"Junaid WasiJojo, Najam Sheraz (Backing Vocals) Alibinyahiyazaidi5:39
5."Tum Ho Mera Pyaar"Shakeel AzmiKK, Suzanne D'Mello5:06
6."You're So Beautiful"Junaid WasiNikhil D'Souza4:30

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=52
  2. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=52
  3. ^ Mahaldar, Manisha (9 February 2011). "Haunted: Vikram Bhatt's new .horror flick". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  4. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo (5 February 2011). "Turn on the fear factor in 3D". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  5. ^ Koimoi.com Team. "Vikram Bhatt's Haunted – India's First Stereoscopic 3D Film". Koimoi.com. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  6. ^ IANS (17 January 2011). "Vikram Bhatt enters 3D world with 'Haunted'". IBN Live. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  7. ^ The Hitlist Team (9 February 2011). "Vikram Bhatt is ready to scare you". Mid-Day. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Haunted – 3D: Complete Cast and Crew details". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 4 August 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Haunted 3D Movie Review". Times of India. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  10. ^ Adarsh, Taran (5 May 2011). "Haunted - 3D: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  11. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (6 May 2011). "Haunted". Indian Express. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  12. ^ Chopra, Anupama (6 May 2011). "Review: Haunted". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  13. ^ Arora, Preeti (6 May 2011). "Review: Haunted is extremely torturous". Rediff. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Haunted Records Largest Horror Film Opening Ever". Boxofficeindia.com. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  15. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network (13 May 2011). "Haunted Has Good First Week". Boxofficeindia.Com. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  16. ^ Boxofficndia.Com Trade Network (16 May 2011). "Haunted Emerges Major Success". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  17. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network (4 June 2011). "Ready Bumper Opening Pyaar Ka Punchnama Steady". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  18. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network (1 July 2011). "Top Worldwide Grossers Mid Year 2011". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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