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Movie Review: Mushkil

Banner: Big Bat Films

Producer: Ravinder Jeet Dariya

Director: Rajiv S Ruia

Cast: Rajniesh Duggall, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Nazia Hussain, Pooja Bisht, Shafaq Naaz, Archana Shastry

Writers: Yusuf Ali Khan (screenplay), Adesh K Arjun (dialogue)

Music: Varadan Singh, Ravi Chopra

When we think about films made on ghosts, possession and exorcism, films like The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, The Conjuring and Insidious are a few that come to mind. Mushkil tries to be an Indianised version of these movies, but with little success.

The film starts with Aveer, a pandit who has acquired powerful siddhis, which he uses to break a curse on one of the ghats in Varanasi. The story immediately shifts to Athens, Greece where we see Nibhana and her three friends who have come there for a holiday. They are welcomed at the airport by their tour guide Vedant. What starts as a fun vacation takes a scary turn when the girls discover that the villa they are staying in is haunted. When the ghost tries to kill them, they run away and take shelter in a church. Nibhana’s father in India decides to take Aveer’s help to save his daughter and her friends. Though Aveer refuses at first, he finally lands up in Athens because Nibhana is the girl he was in love with before he became a powerful pandit. As soon as he arrives in the villa he starts to investigate about the ghost and soon deduces that one of Nibhana’s friends is possessed. How Aveer uses his powers to solve the mystery behind the possession and how he saves the day is what the rest of the film is all about.

As a horror film, Mushkil has nothing new to offer. The screenplay relies on the usual jump scares that we have seen in so many films before. There is nothing novel in the plot. The story has no depth and it all seems like one big haphazard effort. The film could have been set in any part of India. Greece just seems like an excuse so that the film could have a foreign location and some songs could be picturised there.

Not only is the writing uninspired but also the performances. Rajniesh Duggal as Aveer seems a misfit as a mantra-chanting pandit. Pooja Bisht as Nibhana is strictly okay. Kunal Roy Kapur as Vedant has his funny moments and is watchable. Nazia Hussain, Archana Shastry and Shafaq Naaz play Nibhana’s friends but they don’t have much to do except look unconvincingly scared.

Verdict: Avoid

Rating: *

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