Movie Review: Shaitan (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

The lives of the affluent and illustrious have often been chronicled in newspapers and television.The achievements get as much prominence as the heinous crimes they commit.Recall the number of drunken driving cases that led to fatal accidents and causalities or abduction of moneyed kids to make that extra buck.SHAITAN too borrows from real life.It maps out the lives of five youngsters — three of them belonging to the upper crust — and how the ‘uber cool’ youngsters commit felony after felony to smokescreen the dreadful offense they have committed.This motion picture brings to the fore the shaitan that skulks within us.

It’s heartening to observe diverse genres being attempted fruitfully week after week and I genuinely feel that a varied variety of movies can co-exist happily in the cinematic milieu.In fact, it’s imperative to be more acquiescent and embrace new genres of cinema.SHAITAN, again, is something the Indian audiences will experience for the first time.It emulates an actuality and the makers have tried to keep it as bona fide as possible, and it is this realism, edginess and awkwardness that stay with the spectator after the curtains fall.The fact that one feels distressed and distraught by the turn of incidents in the film only goes to prove that the writers [Megha Ramaswamy and Bejoy Nambiar] and director [Bejoy Nambiar] have done their jobs proficiently.

‘It’s not mischief… It’s not lust…It’s not rage….It’s not excess… It’s that moment…that brings out the SHAITAN in you’ read the text in SHAITAN’s promo. This line aptly describes our five youngsters, who live life as if there’s no tomorrow. Amrita Jayshankar aka Amy (Kalki Koechlin), Dushyant Sahiu aka Dash (Shiv Pandit), Karan Chaudhary aka KC (Gulshan Devaiya), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam) and Tanya (Kirti Kulhari) just want to have fun. All’s hunky-dory until they meet with an accident and kill two people on a two wheeler. Their attempts to cover up the incident turn futile as they find themselves in a deplorable situation. Inspector Mathur (Rajeev Khandelwal), who has been suspended for throwing a high-profile person off the first floor for cheating his wife, is handed over the responsibility to fetch the youngsters.

Bejoy has come up with an ace in his very first film. Right from the script to direction to narration to execution; everything is just about perfect. There’s hardly any dull moment throughout the narrative. The riveting plot offers copious twists and turns which are shrewdly done. There are enough light moments to make sure that the proceedings don’t get too heavy. The way the story unfolds in the end is very convincing.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “SHAITAN is bound to raise eyebrows thanks to its contemporary, thrilling, hard-hitting and forceful content.”
4.0 “SHAITAN is a spellbinding thriller with ‘awesomeness’ written all over it. Splendid shaitaniyat!”
4.0 “Shaitan is a seductively terrifying vision of teenaged anarchy crafted by Bejoy and Anurag.”
4.0 “Shaitan is a unique experience to be savoured if you’re looking for an adventure. In other words—don’t miss!”
4.0 “SHAITAN is a spellbinding thriller with ‘awesomeness’ written all over it. Splendid shaitaniyat!”
4.0 “This is one film you don’t want to fast forward.”
3.5 “Shaitaan is a disturbing yet delectable film. Go for a change of taste.”
3.5 “Shaitan is blatant, unabashed and impishly pleasing. A must watch for its devilish excellence and cinematic brilliant. You cannot ignore this Shaitan.”
3.5 “It might be the one of the most technically sound film you will have seen in a long time.”
DNA India
3.5 “Shaitan is the kind of film that actually gives you no option, while taking you along with it on a merry ride, making you feel the fear, anxieties and excitement of each of the characters involved.”
3.5 “It takes just one incident to turn around the mood of the film, and in the process bring out the ‘shaitan’ in you.”
3.0 “It isn’t as daring as Anurag Kashyap’s debut ‘Paanch’ whose themes it clearly mirrors, but it’s got many moments that’ll surprise you.”
IBN Live
3.0 “Shaitan loses steam, becomes repetitive and ends in a whimper.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “Go for this satanic sass.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Shaitan needed to have been both darker, edgier to have had the same impact.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “This Shaitan is more SprayTan than Satan, staring us down and daring us to look away. Who blinks first? We do. Several times over.”


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