Directed by: Bhushan Patel
Starring: Sachiin Joshi, Nargis Fakhri, Mona Singh, Vivan Bhatena
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release date: 01 February, 2019
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Far away from the bustle of the city, a young couple is looking forward to their stay in a once-abandoned palatial mansion. But their lives are about to turn into a nightmare, as dark forces lie in wait beneath the shadows of the haunted bungalow.
Amavas is an upcoming Indian Bollywood horror action thriller film directed by Bhushan Patel. Starring Nargis Fakhri and Sachiin Joshi. The film is directed by Bhushan Patel who has also directed Ragini MMS 2, Alone and 1920: Evil Returns. The film is presented by Viiking Media Entertainment. The film was slated to release on 11 January 2019, but new release date announced as 1 February 2019. The film is remake of 2002 American horror film, Signs.
Music is composed by Sanjeev-Darshan, Ankit Tiwari,Abhijit Vaghani, Asad Khan and lyrics penned by Sandeep Nath, Manoj Muntashir, Ankit Tiwari, Anurag Bhomia, Kunaal Verma and Ikka. First song titled “Jab Se Mera Dil” was released on 11 December 2018. The song is sung by Armaan Malik and Palak Muchhal. Another song is sung by Jubin Nautiyal & Arijit Singh Music is presented by T-series.
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Amavas Movie Review:
The ghost that irritates
Horror in Bollywood, as a rule, is a genre so poor in its execution that it leaves more to be desired than ever achieves its goal of sending a chill down your spine. But even the worst of horror films will at its very worst make you want to laugh out loud. Amavas, however, is that one strange film which makes you scream alright, only in pure frustration.
If you judge a book by its cover there is nothing much to recommend anyway. The hero Sachiin Joshi is also the producer, no slight meant; if actors can don the producer’s hat why not the other way around.
Only as rather uncharismatic Sachiin decides to back his acting genes (seen previously in some Telugu films too), acting needs to take cover and not be found ever. More so the actor playing his love interest in the film is equally bad in histrionics. Nargis Fakhri rising from the dead (not literally, just joking) is back in Bollywood after a brief break with same old deadpan expressions.
Ha, whoever cared about acting in a game of thrills and chills? Point taken; so give us the scare.
Indeed, in the first half the scary bits are handled with some skill. The ghostly apparitions, a haunted summer house, ‘a ladies bhoot’ singing a song in the middle of the night, hints of a back-story; the setting despite being all too familiar does create the right mood.
But, post interval the film plummets and plummets. Logic we know has little place in a story about superstition and evil spirits. Only Amavas doesn’t even make a pretense at rationale and is ludicrous to the point of sheer idiocy. As it hops, jumps and skips from one track to the other romance, murder mystery and horror all it manages to give you is a big yawn. To be fair, till the cards are laid on the table we are mildly interested. But once the cat (perhaps unfair to call Vivan Bhatena so) is out of the bag, all critical faculties fail. If you believe in god, you have to believe in ghosts; says Mona Singh as psychiatrist Shivani. Only Amavas employs all forces at its disposal to make you believe in neither. At one moment the spiritual symbol stalls the evil force in his tracks and the very next he has the power to spat it out of the arm on which it is inscribed.
The last half an hour devoted to the final battle steered by Nargis Fakhri and Mona Singh on the one hand and the ghost on the other is so incredulous that unbelievable acquires a new synonym. And it is called unwatchable. Touching, however, is the faith of the makers who have left leeway for a sequel. Really, seriously who can live this