In Auto Pilot Mode
Cast: Ali Fazal, Sapna Pabbi, Gurmeet Choudhary
Directed by: Karan Darra
Duration: 2 hrs 3 mins
Khamoshiyan written by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Karan Darra is a film on auto-pilot right from the word go. There seems to be very little effort gone in writing and telling a story that has any conviction or entertainment value.
Picture this – a writer comes to Kashmir and stays in a hotel that has ten rooms, none of them are occupied and the whole place is run by a woman without any help whatsoever. Tempting place to stay, eh ? You can bet on the kind of rating it will get on Tripadvisor.
Kabir (Ali Fazal) is a writer looking for inspiration to write his next novel when he comes to this rather spooky place. A young seductive looking female Meera (Sapna Pabbi) runs the place and her not-to-be-seen husband is bed-ridden.
It doesn’t take long for the guest and the owner to fall in love but not before he experiences some kind of paranormal activity in the house. The rest of it is pure ho-hum.
When the proceedings are not lame, they are terribly boring. What is worse, the film also promotes all kinds of superstitions and there is some mind boggling mumbo-jumbo about ghosts and souls, some of it actually makes you laugh.
Much like the viewers, the actors also look least convinced about the goings-on.
Published in The Navhind Times on 1st February 2015