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Alone: Double jeopardy

A still from 'Alone'.

A still from 'Alone'.

Like his mentor Vikram Bhatt, director Bhushan Patel tries to address human pain through otherworldly characters. His horror stories give the ghost a chance to present its point view. And in a selfish world, it is always soothing to find a selfless spirit. But the magic is fast waning as the script is getting reduced to a template with the same old piano, swing and creaking doors thrown into a dimly lit location populated by a God-fearing maid and a psychologist.

This time it is the backwaters of Kerala where conjoined twins Anjana and Sanjana (Bipasha Basu in a double role) are made for each other till Kabir (Karan Singh Grover) walks into their life. One dies in mysterious circumstances while the other survives. Bhushan takes a long time to set the stage for the thrills and chills, and when they come they fail to unsettle us.

AloneGenre: Horror Director: Bhushan Patel Cast: Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover, Neena Gupta Bottomline: More than the creaking doors it is the screenplay that needs some urgent oiling.

Bipasha has become such a common feature in this genre that her anxiety fails to scare us. These days she is not even changing her hairdo to get into the character. Isn’t it expected from a Hindi film heroine? Here it seems she is coming straight from the set of Creature . Karan is the new entry to the genre which traditionally belongs to non-actors. Their erotic chemistry which is very much the selling point of the film remains limited to the promos. In the film it is as fleeting as the sighting of the spirit.

The big reveal and the underlying message is the redeeming feature, but it comes too late in the night. By then one has given up on this twisted tale of twins.


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