Chakri Toleti’s film around a psychopath killer on his hunt is thrilling, but still not a very strong entrant in the list
While trailers suggested it to be a typical supernatural horror/thriller, thankfully its different. Khamoshi with its unconventional (not novel though) approach grips you with its idea. Also, the treatment comes across as a pleasantly surprising and you are hooked. The first half keeps you on the edge of your seats with plenty of heart throbbing moments. But why couldn’t the director keep it up is what your only concern is. This one here definitely scores more than all those outings that boast unnecessarily, but not something to shout about.
A rich woman moves to London leaving behind her little son Dev (Prabhudeva) and her ever annoyed husband (Vikram Bhatt). She adopts a little mute and deaf girl Surbhi (Tamannaah) and upon her death writes her entire property in Surbhi’s name. Surbhi one fine day decided to donate half the asset for the betterment of orphan children, much to the dismay of many. With anger in his mind, Dev appears to claim what he thinks is rightfully his.
A remake of the American film Hush, Toleti’s story is decent with a fresh angle of physical inabilities of the protagonist, adding to the layers in the thrilling element. The makers have given able justice to why the lead is mute and deaf and have made sure to incorporate it well within the boundaries of the narrative. Also the fact that the film is primarily thriller and horror is real fear and not some paranormal or supernatural feat is what increases the appeal.
This was one thing that made the film promising. Infact the premise initially seems wonderful and you feel you’ll be having an amazing time. Post interval, things start to repeat themselves and you are left off.
Just when you are about to channelize your energies into the story and think for the characters, immature direction takes you away from the plot. You can see yourself suggesting so much that could have happened in this one-night tale, but the director fails to deliver.
The film is gruesome and you keep looking in excitement. There are some moments where you are thrilled and also wonder as to what will happen next and how will it take place. These are the portions where the film stands strong. Also, these are the junctures dominated by thrill and saving one’s life from a killer. Despite all this, nothing out-of-the-box seems to be happening
It’s a small film but you don’t feel the need for more. The potential could be seen, couldn’t be cashed in.
Tamannaah Bhatia delivers a good act. Because of her character, she naturally doesn’t have any dialogues and her only ability is to deliver through her face. She does it well. She in fact lifts a major part of the film on her shoulders. You relate to her early on in the film, working incredibly for the overall plot.
Prabhudeva as the main antagonist is brilliant. You love him already. But here you disgust him and that’s all the love he actually needs. His mannerisms evoke anger, panic, scare- everything. Wherever the film falls short, he compensates it with his skills.
Sanjay Suri is simply wasted. He’s a good actor but suffers due to shabby writing. Vipin Sharma in a supporting role is just okay. Beena Bannerjee is good. Bhumika Chawla appears on screen after a long long time and she does have a decent screen presence. Her character isn’t etched well, but she manages to somehow move around it.
Aakash Khurana in a small role is effective.
Music isn’t anything to even talk about. The background score and sound effects majorly do the needful creating the required aura.
Cinematography by Cory Geryak is very good. The lighting too is impressive and makes the scenes visually appealing. A lot of the times, the thrill is accentuated by the use of clever camera. Production design by Timmy Ayers and Harry Mead’s is also very much enticing. The darkness in the film has been shown well.
Editing by Shakti Hasija is not good, not bad. It naturally finds its midway. You needed more thrilling moments in the course of the film. Also, the parts where the film becomes redundant could be mellowed down.
When you watch Khamoshi, you simply wonder one thing- would the film be better if the makers put in more thought in the execution. Definitely yes. The story had potential and technicalities too have been achieved satisfactorily. What it needed was more thought on crafting scenes on paper and then intelligently directing them. That’s all. Even with some good moments, it remains an okay film. Almost zero promotions and the release date continually being pushed will make everyone associated with this film suffer.