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Shaitaan: Starts Hot, Ends in a Fizzle

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Shaitaan: Starts Hot, Ends in a Fizzle

Director: Vikas Bahl

Cast: Ajay Devgn as Kabir Rishi, R. Madhavan as Vanraj Kashyap, Jyothika as Jyoti Rishi (Kabir’s wife), Janki Bodiwala as Janvhi (Kabir & Jyoti’s daughter) and Anngad Raaj as Dhruv (Kabir & Jyoti’s son).

Producers: Ajay Devgn (Devgn Films), Jio Studios, Panorama Studios, Kumar Mangat Pathak & Abhishek Pathak (Panorama Studios)

Ratings: 1/5 Stars

Shaitaan starts with a captivating hook. Ajay Devgn plays Krishna, a seemingly ordinary man with a loving family. Enter R. Madhavan’s Vanraj, who insinuates himself into their lives, oozing an unsettling charm that throws Krishna’s world into disarray. Madhavan excels at portraying unsettling ambiguity, making you question Vanraj’s true motives. Here lies the film’s initial strength – the slow-burning tension of a potential threat lurking just beneath the surface.

Unfortunately, Shaitaan squanders this potential as the narrative progresses. The suspense that builds in the first half fizzles out after the break. The plot, instead of escalating the stakes and deepening the mystery, takes a predictable turn. The script relies on tired horror tropes – unexplained occurrences, dream sequences, and jump scares that fail to deliver genuine terror.

The film’s biggest weakness lies in its underdeveloped central conflict. Vanraj’s motivations remain frustratingly opaque throughout. We never truly understand what drives his malevolent actions. Is it a supernatural force, a thirst for power, or something else entirely? The lack of a compelling backstory for the villain makes it difficult to fully invest in the narrative. We’re left with a one-dimensional antagonist whose evil feels more like a plot device than a well-developed character.

Even the performances, despite their initial promise, struggle with the limitations of the script. While Madhavan delivers a chilling performance, there’s a sense of wasted potential. His character could have been a truly terrifying villain if given more depth and complexity. Devgn, on the other hand, feels somewhat sidelined as the narrative focuses more on Vanraj.

The climax, a frustrating culmination of the film’s shortcomings, is both rushed and underwhelming. It fails to deliver a satisfying resolution to the central conflict, leaving viewers with more questions than answers.

Shaitaan is a film with a promising premise that ultimately falls flat. The talented cast delivers decent performances, but the script fails to capitalize on their potential. With a predictable plot, underdeveloped characters, and a disappointing climax, Shaitaan offers little in terms of originality or genuine scares. This film is best suited for die-hard fans of Devgn or Madhvan who might find some entertainment in their performances, but for anyone seeking a truly chilling experience, Shaitaan is a film best avoided.

*Disclaimer: This review reflects the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Business Headline. Business Headline does not take responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this review.

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