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Alone: Twice as bad

Poor Bipasha Basu. From getting paid to look good at the dawn of her career to getting paid to look scary now at the twilight of it, the lady has come a full circle. Today, with every passing film, the only horror associated with her is: Run, there’s a new Bipasha horror flick releasing this Friday.

The films are just getting worse by the day that if she were a filmmaker, critics would have already hailed her as the new Ed Wood. More bed than Ed given that most of these seem to be shot in and around a bedroom. Director Bhushan Patel who also made Ragini MMS 2 and 1920: Evil Returns might be in the running for that honour with this hat-trick of schlock.

Bipasha Basu, however, has become the Bhai of the horror film genre, minus the box office appeal, of course. You can easily switch scenes between her films and nobody would even know. They all have Bipasha doing exactly the same thing.



Alone

Genre: Horror
Director: Bhushan Patel
Cast: Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover, Zakir Hussain, Neena Gupta, Sulbha Arya
Storyline: When one of the conjoined twins dies, she returns to haunt her sister and husband.


1. Bipasha in bed, in her sexy nightwear, flawless hair and make-up, woken up by a noise that she needs to explore.

2. Bipasha walking around, looking spooked, teary-eyed and soon running away from something — indoor and outdoor. Most of these end with her hugging her male co-star: ‘Help!’, ‘Save me!’ or ‘ Bachao!’ for variation. How’s that for range?

3. Bipasha seducing the said male co-star because you know, the best time for ‘sexy time’ is when there’s a supernatural power at play watching you all the time.

4. Bipasha in the ‘ bhooth’ look going ‘Booo!’ at other characters in the film. This is the visual effects shot where Bipasha is made to look scary, ugly and demon-like.

5. Bipasha as the demon and herself, being tortured during the exorcism process. This is usually a sign that the film is coming to an end finally. But not here.

Alone is the mother of all Bipasha Basu horror films, as it does not have one Bipasha but two of them!

Traditionally, the horror genre makes for great date films. But this one is so boringly bad that it might just lead to break-up by interval and you’ll probably end up watching the rest of it... ‘alone’. The rest of the six people in the hall would have also left halfway, you see.

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