Movie Review: 404 (2011)
2011 seems like the year of experimentations, in terms of content chiefly. Look at the stories being churned out this year. Irrespective of how these films fare at the box-office, you cannot turn your face away from the fact that these films at least made an earnest and honest attempt to narrate innovative stories, which were hitherto untold on the Hindi screen. In a momentous departure from the tried and tested stuff, a number of films lined up for release are hi-concept films made in low budgets, devoid of star support. 404, directed by Prawaal Raman, is one such film.
After making a number of films that didn’t really make much of an impact, Prawaal makes an effort to defy the stereotype. 404 is a suspense thriller with a twist in the end that blows your mind. Unlike those who borrow from DVDs and re-work on characters and locales, 404 is fresh, daring and most importantly, original. 404 is perhaps the first film that depicts bipolar disorder. It’s a tough choice. You have to remain factual while depicting this disorder and at the same time, keep the audience interest alive while narrating a story. It’s a challenge!
Professor Aniruddh (Nishikant Kamat) is mighty impressed by the audacious Abhimanyu and encourages him to stay in the room, to put an end to all rumours. But things take an expected turn when Abhimanyu starts seeing Gaurav’s spirit. Is Gaurav’s aatma real or is Abhimanyu just hallucinating This is what forms the basic premise of the film.