Director: Chakri Toleti
Cast: Prabhu Deva, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sanjay Suri, Bhumika Chawla, Vikram Bhatt, Beena, Akash Khurana, Vipin Sharma
Writers: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Music: Simaab Sen
A thriller is a difficult genre to get right. And when you have a killer-based thriller, there’s all the more reason to get every aspect of the story and screenplay perfect or else you will end up with nothing more than a pile of dead bodies on screen and an audience that is unimpressed!
Surbhi, a deaf-mute painter, is the sole heir to a large estate. She was an orphan who was adopted by a well-to-do woman, who passed on all her property to Surbhi. Wanting to help others like herself, Surbhi decides to donate half the income made by the estate. This does not sit well with some of her relatives.
On one hand, while Surbhi is trying to get through this, there is another person all set to enter her life – Dev, the son of Surbhi’s adoptive mother. Dev holds a grudge against Surbhi because he feels that she is living the life that rightfully belongs to him. Prodded by his father, he has made it his life’s mission to kill Surbhi. He enters her estate and thus starts a classic cat-and-mouse chase. Bodies drop like flies and, before you know it, Dev and Surbhi are face-to-face in a battle for survival.
Khamoshi is an ambitious film. The 86-minute-long movie tells a story of one night with around 10 characters. There is hardly any dialogue between the lead cast, and the entire film rests on just emotions, the events unfolding on screen and the fear/scare element. While the writing is taut and there are scary and uncomfortable moments, the fact that everything happens so easily is a little unsettling. The deaths don’t come as a surprise and are predictable. The shock elements fail to shock and you are left pretty much unaffected. The action is well planned and executed. The camera work is amazing. The use of light adds to the eeriness of the location.
Performance-wise, Prabhudeva as Dev gives you the chills but the emotional connect is missing. But this does prove, once again, that the actor can play a cold villain effectively. Tamannaah plays her part well and emotes well, given that she has no dialogue. She does look scared but not as much as someone who is about to die. Vikram Bhatt as Dev’s father is unidimensional. Bhumika Chawla and Sanjay Suri have just two scenes and are totally wasted.