|Cast||Nithiin, Priyanka Kothari, Gautam Rode, Isthiyak Khan, Ravi Kale, Ishrat Ali, Howard Rosemeyer, Kali Prasad Mukherjee, Rasika Duggal, Joy Fernandes|
|Director||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Writer||Nilesh Girkar, Puneet Gandhi|
|Year of Release||2009|
Agyaat, the Bollywood horror movie that launched in 2009, is one of Ram Gopal Varma’s many misfires. He reinvented the Bollywood horror movie with movies like Raat and Bhoot. Agyaat, released in 2009, disappointed critics and audiences ready to laud his movies.
In 2009, horror fans had complete, legal, albeit a bit expensive access to Hollywood horror. Audiences were feeding on quality DVDs of the iconic Hollywood horror movies, from The Exorcist to Nightmare on Elm Street, audiences had access to everything, for a price.
At that same price, watching a half baked or an inspired Hollywood horror movie didn’t make sense – financial or creative. Agyaat hit theaters in difficult times when Bollywood horror movies needed to be worth the expensive multiplex tickets that they commanded. Read on to check out whether you’d buy a ticket for Agyaat in 2009 if you had the opportunity.
A production unit decides to shoot in the jungles of Sri Lanka. None of the members of the crew see eye to eye. There’s JJ, the director who remains aloof. There’s Sharman, the superstar who’s signed up because he thinks he can make friends and more with the leading lady, Aasha.
There are Sujal and Sameera, the production executives. Sameera is in love with Sujal, but Sujal has a soft spot for Aasha, and Sameera knows about it. Even before the crew reaches the set, which is a jungle, there’s already problems brewing.
Rakka, the action director, doesn’t like Sharman. Sharman isn’t happy that he’s not getting the star treatment he is accustomed to. He has a bad temper and most of the time he loses it on his spot boy, Laxman.
During one of these heated exchanges, a camera breaks down, and shooting has to stop for four days. The production crew decides to go on a camping trip. They reach the very heart of the jungle when strange things happen.
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First, the crew sees a bright light in the sky. They wonder whether its a comet. Right after that incident, their host, Setu, who lives in the Jungle dies, killed brutally. The group panics and decides to leave the area.
Because Setu is dead not, they don’t know where to go and get lost in the jungle. One by one, the crew members die. After Setu, the director gets lost and his found hanging on the top of a tree.
Then, the producer, Moorthy, meets his gory end. As the body count increases, the survivors become increasingly jittery. Raaka and Sharman start fighting when one of the crew members is injured due to a fall.
They bicker about whether they should leave him in the jungle or carry him along. Seeing the fight, the crew member kills himself. Raaka and Sharman now get into a huge fight and Sharman humiliates Raaka.
Raaka kills Sharman by hitting him with a stone when he isn’t looking. The strange power in the forest then kills Raaka. With Raaka dead, all hell breaks loose. Sujal, Sameera and Aasha escape. Laxman, who has a breakdown, decides to go another path.
Laxman also falls prey to the supernatural power. Sameera, tired of walking the terrain, commits suicide. It is only then that Sujal realizes that the monster is scared of water and doesn’t go into the water. They cross the river, reach the village and survive – not knowing what hit them.
Years later, even after I have reviewed and covered most of the Bollywood horror movies, Agyaat will still remain the weakest movie that I have covered. It is impossible for anyone to have a serious conversation about the Ramsay movies with woke audiences.
I wonder what they think of Agyaat and what their description of this movie is. Is it that RGV was giving an ode to the Predator movies? Or was he reimagining the concept of the foreign web series Lost?
RGV has a charming cinematography style. With the right script and actors, it works to create an incredible story. When the story’s weak, or if the movie doesn’t have a strong starcast, it becomes an unintentional comedy.
Horror movies are not popular for their performances. They are popular for creating memorable, terrifying experiences. As I said in my review of Bhoot, there will always be someone who gets a jumpscare seeing this movie for the first time.
With Agyaat, RGV tried to create a unique concept for Bollywood, an unknown, shapeless monster with a hazy backstory. The Ramsays had been doing it for around three decades, and even they couldn’t sell anyone of them more than one movie – or two if you consider Saamri 3D to be a sequel in a horror franchise.
In Agyaat, you wonder if RGV wants to make a Predator franchise, or a Lost Spin-Off or a Tremors ode. Add to that, there’s just one CGI scene and RGV doesn’t pay much attention or money to that one as well.
It’s like RGV had everything in place to make a Bollywood horror movie, but forgot to send across the bill to the production guys. This one is a disappointment.
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