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.