Bollywood Movie Reviews
The Wife Doesn’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Starring Gurmeet Chowdhary , Sayani Dutta
Directed by Sarmad Khan
Rating: * ½
There is a house-help named Anjana who keeps looking at her boss in a too–dutiful way. In one sequence while she collects his clothes for washing she sniffs at his teeshirt .Before she could find his underwear she calls it a day. No wonder a little later she finds something very precious churning in the washing machine.We can call it a clothes shave.
I wanted to know about Anjana Marathe’s smothered passion for her maalik. Is she a Shiny Ahuja fan? It was more interesting than anything else in this routine humdrum bland and showy horror thriller about a couple Varun and Arya(Gurmeet Chowdhary and Sayani Dutta) who move into a sparkling new highrise apartment.
Things soon start moving. And I don’t mean the near-inert pace of storytelling where many sections seem to be rudderless, as though the director forgot to order ‘cut’ , so the camera just kept rolling, as do our eyes in utter disbelief at how unexciting the bhoot route taken can be if placed in the wrong hands.
There are endless shots of cups on tables, water dripping from sinks, chimes in the livingroom, clocks on the mantel, milk in the fridge meant to generate a feeling of foreboding.Nothing happens until very late in the script when a knowledgeable psychic and her gyani sidekick enter Arya and Varun’s home with the promise of shaking things up.
“There is a spirit chasing your husband and it won’t go away even if you move into another home,” is the depressing prophecy by the knowledgeable psychic who comes home to rid the couple of the nasty spook who it seems is the dead -first wife of the hero come to haunt him.When Varun reminds his wife that her life is in danger she laughs, “It’s okay. If I die you can get a third wife.”
That’s just about the only funny line in a creepy film where nothing happens most of the time except that a(red) cup slips off a table and breaks. Later we see characters drinking from the same(red) colour cups with one cup being blue. Extra points for continuity. If only we knew where this was heading.
Does this make any ‘séance’? Not much, I am afraid.In fact there is nothing to be afraid of in this DOA feature film , one more has-been/never-been dumped on the OTT platform with no reason for being there except that someone decided to be scary. I will think about it when I stop laughing.
Gurmeet Chowdhary has a good screen presence. He deserves better . So do we.