Vikram Bhatt's directorial film, Shaapit leaves you impressed not for the clichéd dialogues and unnecessary songs, but for venturing into newer angles of spectrology (study of ghosts).
The film begins with Aman (Aditya Narayan) and Kaaya (Shweta Agarwal) who fall in love and get engaged secretly. But when they meet with an accident, the parents get involved. That's when hidden secrets come out.
Apparently, the family has been under a curse (read shraap) for the past 300 years. The curse stated that no father in the family will ever be able to get his daughter married, and if any girl child tried to get married she will be killed. Sadly for Aman and Kaaya their love story is put to an end.
But Aman doesn't wish to give up on his love so fast, so his friend Shubh (Shubh Joshi) and he meet professor Pashupathi (Rahul Dev) - a well known researcher of paranormal activities - and seek guidance from him.
Pashupathi explains the working of generational curses to them, but refuses to help them at first. Eventually, seeing Aman's conviction, he is compelled to change his decision.
Aman, Kaaya, Shubh and Pashupathi venture to find a solution for their problems meanwhile experiencing and encountering the ghost and its wrath. At the same time they come across good ghosts who help them in their quest.
The film's story flits between the present and past. A lot of new theories explained are very enthralling and gives the film a different touch. Sequences of the cross between the present and past are very intriguing.
Thankfully, this time the ghost doesn't look typical, but it doesn't look scary either. It often reminds you of the ghosts shown in the show Aahat on Sony.
The spooky background score used in Shaapit doesn't create the desired effect. But the music in the film is generally pretty decent.
Debutant Aditya Narayan still reminds you of the child artiste you've seen in films like Pardes, and the host of the television show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs on Zee TV. Somehow seeing him romance on the screen doesn't look very alluring. However, the actor-cum-singer does a decent job during other scenes.
Newcomer Shweta Agrawal doesn't have much screen presence, as her role is very limited and the dialogues are even more limited. Rahul Dev does a very good job as the professor.
On the whole, Shaapit manages to surpass and create a new level in the horror genre. Minus the clichéd dialogues and some over exaggerated scenes, the film is good enough.
Verdict: Makes a decent watch.
Rating: It's different.