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3G  : Not scary, ji
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Friday, March 15, 2013
Thriller
Shantanu Ray, Sheershak Anand
Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonal Chauhan
Shantanu Ray and Sheershak Anand, who wrote the supernatural thrillers Aa Dekhen Zara and Table No 21, debut as directors this time around, spewing abuses all over with huge helpings of gore and gut-hitting eeriness. Tailored to make you faint with fear, but alas!

The plot: Sam Arora (Neil Nitin) and Sheena (Sonal), a couple who can’t keep their hands off each other, become unwitting victims of a series of ghastly events after Sam buys a 3G enabled phone in Fiji Islands. One dark night, a call from an unknown number turns their lusty passion into a living nightmare.

The good: The basic idea of phantom calls believed to be spirits trying to connect with our world could have been grounds for a terrifying experience. The music by Mithoon is interesting but the placing of the songs is clumsy. Sonal Chauhan gets into the ‘skin’ of her character with natural deftness while Neil Nitin Mukesh has by now become the master of edgy roles.

The bad: Other performances are the B-grade variety, like Chaima (Mrinalini Sharma), the image that eerily flashes on the mobile screen in a dreary sub-plot. 

Despite the mandatory screeches and blood-sucking moments, 3G fails to spirit you into a scary world of shivers and shocks, as it plods under the weight of the dead. It doesn’t augur well for a thriller when you don’t even want to know what’s going to happen next.

With the introduction of far too many characters in a bid to increase the layers of the film, the writers-directors do a serious disservice to their debut effort. At one stage, you even stifle your yawn and wonder if it’s soft porn on the screen with the couple indulging in dirty smooching every ten minutes.

Overall: It’s easier to write a film than to direct one. Sorry ji, 3G isn’t our cup of tea. Or anybody else’s either.

– Jyothi Venkatesh

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