Khamoshiyan (transl. Silences) is a 2015 Indian romantic horror film, written by Vikram Bhatt and directed by debutant, Karan Darra. Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt produced the film in association with Vishesh Films.
|Directed by||Karan Darra|
|Produced by||Mahesh Bhatt|
|Written by||Vikram Bhatt|
|Edited by||Kuldip K. Mehan|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Box office||est. ₹14.02 crore (US$2.0 million)|
The film stars Gurmeet Choudhary, Ali Fazal and Sapna Pabbi in lead roles. Initially, the film was scheduled for release on 23 January 2015 but was postponed to 30 January 2015. According to Box Office India the film was declared "Average".
Kabir Walia (Ali Fazal), is a novelist whose failed career and relationship with Simran (Debina Bonnerjee) make him to move to Kashmir in search of an inspirational story. During his journey, he stops at a guesthouse run by the beautiful but mysterious Meera Sharma (Sapna Pabbi). Meera is married to Jaidev Dhanrajgir (Gurmeet Chaudhary), an ill man confined to his bed. On his first night there, Kabir sees strange apparitions. He becomes attracted to Meera and finds out that she has not left the house for two years.
Kabir, now in love with her, tries to take her away from the house. While driving away, an evil force comes before their car and they meet with an accident. Curious, Kabir calls a tantrik, who discovers an evil spirit in the house. He claims that the spirit is of Jaidev, who is actually dead. Realization dawns upon Kabir, and he recalls Meera speaking on the phone in a man's voice and never seeing Jaidev in person. He sneaks into Jaidev's room, only to find Jaidev sleeping. Furious with Kabir, Meera tells him to leave.
Kabir returns to confront Meera. She reveals that she was involved in a hit and run case two years ago and to evade imprisonment, ran away to a small town in Kashmir, where she met Jaidev, a rich industrialist. She fell in love with him and they got married. One night, she saw him performing a ritual slaughter and praying to the devil. Scared and shocked, she tried to run away but was caught by him. In a struggle to stop her, Jaidev fell from the balcony and was paralyzed below the waist. He later committed suicide and left a letter for Meera, stating that she will have to live in the house forever with his soul, and if she ever tried to run away, his lawyer was instructed to open a letter which will detail that Meera has killed him and was the culprit in the hit and run. Thus, she stays in the house with Jaidev's soul and deludes the world into thinking her husband is still alive.
Kabir decides to steal the letter from the lawyer's office; however, he finds that there is no lawyer - Jaidev was bluffing. After this, the two plan to set Jaidev's spirit to rest. While they cremate his body, a painting of Jaidev smiles sadistically. He returns to haunt Meera and captures her in the painting. Kabir goes to the tantrik for help, who, it turns out, is also a spirit. The tantrik tells Kabir that the painting is a portal to the world of spirits and gives Kabir holy water. After a deadly struggle involving a butterfly and paintings of wolves, Kabir drinks a drop of Jaidev's blood to get Jaidev's spirit to enter his body. He then drinks holy water, which makes Jaidev's evil spirit perish, setting Meera free.
Kabir is shown at a book launch for Khamoshiyan, his latest novel. Meera is also at the party but the two leave to spend some time alone together.
- Sapna Pabbi as Meera Sharma Dhanrajgir, a beautiful but mysterious lady who runs a hotel in Kashmir. She lives a lonely and worthless life until she meets Kabir and falls in love with him.
- Ali Fazal as Kabir Walia, a lonely novelist who searches for an inspiring story; meets Meera and falls in love with her. He vows to protect her from the evil spirit.
- Gurmeet Choudhary as Jaidev Dhanrajgir, Meera's devil worshipping husband, who bonds her even after his death as an evil spirit.
- Vikram Bhatt as Kabir's editor/friend
- Debina Bonnerjee as Simran, Kabir's ex-girlfriend
- Vinod Rawat as the good spirit
The main cast of Gurmeet Choudhary, Ali Fazal and Sapna Pabbi was finalized in mid-2014. In May 2014, it was reported that Gurmeet Choudhary will be playing a negative role in the film. In June 2014, actress Sapna Pabbi signed a three-film deal with Vishesh Films and committed to work on the film as her first movie of the contract. In an interview, Fazal stated that he plays a romantic writer with grey shades in the film. Producer Mahesh Bhatt in an interview said "With a recipe of great music, state-of-art digital effects and a love story that brings back the intrigue of Mahal, it will repackage and raise the bar for the horror genre in Bollywood". Bhatt further added that the film has the potential of becoming a franchise. Ankit Tiwari was hired to compose the film's music.
The shoot of the film's first schedule began on 5 June 2014 and ended in August 2014. Shooting for the film's second schedule took place in Kashmir in September 2014 for 15 days. Due to a high flood in Kashmir, the producers had to shift the shoot to South Africa, as a replacement for Kashmir. On 21 October 2014, filming took place in Cape Town. The pre-climax was filmed at the forests of Legacy Estates in Cape Town.
A video was created to announce the launch date of a trailer of Khamoshiyan. It was uploaded on the video sharing platform, YouTube. The video only featured background music and was used to introduce the characters, unveil the logo and the tagline. The film's music launch was held in a venue below ground level, making it the first underground music launch event for a Hindi film.
The filmmakers also announced the launch of a novel and a video game. The novel will feature the story of Khamoshiyan and two other stories penned by Vikram Bhatt – 1920 (film) and 1920: Evil Returns. On the other hand, the video game will feature different characters who will all unveil a dark secret and tell a different story as the player advances.
|Soundtrack album to Khamoshiyan by|
|Released||26 December 2014|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
The first single from the album, "Khamoshiyan", composed by Jeet Gannguli and crooned by Arijit Singh was released on 10 December 2014. The second single from the album, "Tu Har Lamha", composed by Bobby Imraan and sung by Arijit Singh, was released on 19 December 2014.
|1.||"Khamoshiyan (Title Track)"||Rashmi Singh||Jeet Gannguli||Arijit Singh||5:30|
|2.||"Tu Har Lamha"||Sayeed Quadri||Bobby-Imran, Rajdeep Mukherjee||Arijit Singh||4:32|
|3.||"Baatein Ye Kabhi Na (Male)"||Sayeed Quadri||Jeet Gannguli||Arijit Singh||4:49|
|4.||"Kya Khoya"||Rashmi Singh||Naved Jafar||Naved Jafar||5:28|
|5.||"Baatein Ye Kabhi Na (Female)"||Sayeed Quadri||Jeet Gannguli||Palak Muchhal||4:49|
|6.||"Subhan Allah"||Sayeed Quadri||Bobby-Imran||Anupam Amod, Imran Ali||4:31|
|7.||"Bheegh Loon (Male)"||Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay||Ankit Tiwari||Ankit Tiwari||4:07|
|8.||"Bheegh Loon (Female)"||Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay||Ankit Tiwari||Prakriti Kakar||4:07|
|9.||"Khamoshiyan (Unplugged)"||Rashmi Singh||Jeet Gannguli||Arijit Singh||2:30|
|10.||"Tu Har Lamha (Remix)"||Sayeed Quadri||Bobby-Imran||Arijit Singh, DJ Angel||4:18|
|11.||"Bheegh Loon (Female – Remix)"||Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay||Ankit Tiwari||Prakriti Kakar, DJ Angel||3:15|
|12.||"Khamoshiyan (Mashup)"||DJ Angel||2:18|
|13.||"Khamoshiyan (female version)"||Rashmi Singh||Jeet Gannguli||Amika Shail||2:58|
Critical response to soundtrackEdit
The album gets off to a superb start with the man for all seasons, Arijit Singh’s title song Khamoshiyan. This romantic song has a pleasant feel and maintains a good pace throughout.
The rendition of "Tu Ha Lamha" is heartfelt and the lyrics are simple yet effective. Tu Har Lamha is a winner in both its original as well as remix version. 
Baatein Ye Kabhi Na reminds of one of the songs in Aashiqui 2, with its themes of love, separation and longing.
Komoi in its review wrote, The title track of ‘Khamoshiyan‘ sung by Arijit Singh is a beautiful composition. This is slow and with its lyrics, the song is quite a treat. Jeet Ganguly and Arijit Singh create this spell-binding number with full charm. The song’s momentum picks up slowly and is a soft rock number. This is one of the best songs from the album.
Shakti Shetty of Mid-Day.com noted similarities between Khamoshiyan and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath, but commented, "the Indianisation doesn't really come out great." On the story's pacing, Shetty wrote, "If the first half was building up tension with sub-plots of mysteries, the second half does a tedious job of chronicling what happened in the past."
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref.|
|8th Mirchi Music Awards||Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing)||Pankaj Borah & Eric Pillai - "Khamoshiyan"||Nominated|||
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