A HORROR THRILLER ‘THE WIFE’ DOESN’T SPOOK YOU AT ALL

Rating: 1.5/5
Director Sarmad Khan gives you a story that was rejected even in early 2000s; just can’t make an impact in 2021

The Wife is a horror film, where you don’t feel horrified. It’s also a thriller, where you don’t feel thrilled. What is the point of such a movie, you would think. But well, don’t think about this film, as you may have some better things to think about.

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PLOT

Varun (Gurmeet Choudhary) and Arya (Sayani Dutta) move into a new apartment which is haunted by a spirit. Together, they have to visit their past and solve the problem.

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Written by Khan himself, it’s an old archaic story, with absolutely no material or element to look for. Right from the first scene, you know what the entire story will entail. To add to the woes, a female professor (a psychic) reminds you of Rekha from Bhoot. The journey that this story undertakes is plain lethargic and cumbersome. Dialogues by Manoj Kalwani are also loose and over dramatic.

The sudden sound jumps have been incorporated only to give you those chills. But they never do so. A person who has a faint heart and always refrains from watching horror films, take it, even he/she can watch this without a single heartbeat soaring up. What’s the point of making a horror film when it doesn’t have the potential to scare?

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A shot from the film (image source: zee5)

Good thing- the film takes a new route of making the character go into a new world. You are excited. You anticipate thrill. But the makers maintain their consistency and remain dull even then. They try to bring in various situations that justify the presence of a spirit- a child drowning in a washing machine, a cup breaking into pieces on its own, repeated missed calls on one’s phone, the drawers opening up on their own and the likes. But none of them makes any impact. The scenes appear and just pass through.

PERFORMANCES

Gurmeet Choudhary performs just fine. In fact he is the only one who seems to be performing. Not that he doesn’t falter. But he is still okay.

Sayani Dutta maintains a stance and although she looks pretty and fitting to the role, she needs to up her acting skills.

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Poster of the film (image source: zee5)

The supporting cast does reasonably fine but nothing that can be remembered.

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OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music by Wait, where is the music? Only a folk song that is played again and again. Now that song “Chhap Tilak” sounds very nice whenever it appears. Score by Shailesh Suvarna and Hyacinth DSouza mainly consists of jarring sounds and notes that do nothing except harming your ear drums.

Cinematography by Kedar Phadke is decent. The house has been shown beautifully and the shots within that confined space work nicely. So visually, there is some sense of connect because what you see is not bland at least. Production design by Mansi Dhruv Mehta is good for the indoor parts. The outdoor VFX is cringe worthy.

Editing by Manish More couldn’t be better, couldn’t be poorer. We can’t blame the editing here when the writing is so shabby. Or can we?

Don’t waste your time watching this one. The people working on this film have already done that.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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