The House Next Door movie review: Subtly spooky, serves the punch effectually

Directed By:U. Milind Rau
Produced By:Siddharth
Cast: Siddharth, Andrea Jeremiah
Duration:2 hour 20 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:3.5/5

The year was 1934. Amid the picturesque scenic landscapes of North India, lived a Chinese family. Small, and unhappy. One morning as the sun spread glee all across, the mother was found dead, and her daughter, slaughtered. No one knew how death crept in. Through years, the mystery surfaced in secrecy…

Cut to 2016. Krish (Siddharth) and Lakshmi (Andrea Jeremiah), a young married couple, one day find a new family moving into the house next to theirs. The neighbouring affection unfolds, along with Jenny (Anisha Angelina Victor), the teenager member of the new family, quite crushing over a charming Krish. But the happiness lasts only till Jenny starts having frequent unexplained encounters with… umm… spirits?

Then, one night, she jumps into a wail, unable to resist a calling that comes from whom, who knows? So does Krish, to save her. This leaves everyone in the family, especially her father Paul (Atul Kulkarni) perplexed. Jenny is saved, but we know the mystery has begun. Who is it that wants them to leave the house and why?

The whispers that can’t be decoded. The piano that plays on its own. The unknown who bangs on Jenny’s washroom’s door at wee hours of night. The quick shadows that pass by, throwing a chill down your spines. The eyes that follow your back, and the glares that you can feel. ‘The House Next Door’ is absolutely effective on your nerves.

The entire phase of addressing the mystery is equally powerful. Meanwhile, Lakshmi is pregnant and seeing her being chased by two spirits at once is a nail-biting feeling. Director Milind Rau has carried out sub-plots effectively, and sub-characters too.

Sitting through the film, we figured out what made this one stand out from run-of-the-mill Bollywood horror flicks. Gross half-melted corpse with one eye open. Uncheck. Hihihihahahaha… that sounds straight from my childhood favourite ‘Bumroh’ mobile phone. Uncheck. Live Akaashvani by the Ghost. Uncheck. In fact, forced horror. Uncheck.

On the contrary, well-filmed shots and well-knitted sequences make real impact here. Siddharth and Andrea certainly are good, albeit Anisha as the possessed girl steals the show. But! I also vouch the climax is something you didn’t see coming. Unforeseen, and powerful.

We also have to give a shout-out to the production designers for creating a completely and convincingly spooky environment here. We can do fine without a haveli and a Ramu Chacha, you see?

A slightly stretched second half might have a few takers. And oh, wait, did we also get hints of an open end?

‘The House Next Door’ could be a decent watch this weekend. Don’t say you’ve a weak heart. Why else do boyfriends exist?


'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4

A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.

After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.

Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.

The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.

All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.

Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.

On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.

Watch the trailer here:

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars

Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.

Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.

Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.

From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.

Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!

So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!

Watch the trailer here: