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Last Updated 07.02.2023 | 8:43 PM IST



Subhash K Jha speaks about Creature

en Bollywood News Subhash K Jha speaks about Creature

Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone

Son of a gun! The big fat wicked monster in Creature does have good taste. He attacks our very lovely Bipasha Basu. Nudging us into a rude awakening to a time when monsters ghouls and other evil forces in Hindi horror films chased the likes of Huma Khan and Asha Sachdev.

Yup, a raga of refinement runs in the new-age terror flicks specially those directed by Vikram Bhatt. He sure knows his monster primer. More than the fear component (which is ample here) what I appreciated in Creature was its honest intentions. Bhatt is out to give his heroine on the run, a run for her 'moaning'. Shrieking and screaming won't help. Bipasha plays a holiday-resort owner in a scenic sanctuary whose clients have more to complain about than room service. The monster is a menace that won't be shooed away. She knows she is up against an adversary who can knock the socks off King Kong...well, in theory at least.

Blame it on the puranas. But the monster that attacks the very attractive Bipasha Basu on Vikram Bhatt's new scare-fest is inspired by our mythology which says evil is inevitable in a world that craves for perfection. And perfection, as we all know is not a tenable target in our life or in our cinema.

Creature moves confidently enough through its expected motions of fear and horror. The love-breaks are annoyingly intrusive. Pakistani star Imran Abbas is as decorative to the goings-on as the leading ladies used to be in Mr Bachchan's action era in the 1980s. Though Bipasha succeeds in making him look comfortable in their love scenes together, the script I am afraid, doesn't share the same comfort level with Imran Abbas' character.

Bipasha shoulders the film's heroic requirements with ample aplomb. She gets terrific support from the cinematography by veteran Pravin Bhatt which makes her look vital vulnerable and yet in control of the crisis. The peripheral characters needed to be better fleshed out though. The talented Mukul Dev could have done a lot more for the plot. If only wishes were horses instead of monsters.

The scenes featuring the monster on a rampage are heart-in-the-mouth. The sound design and the 3D effects complement the storytelling to the extent that there is no contradiction between the film's intentions and the audiences' expectations. This is the third-time around for the supernatural combo of Vikram Bhatt and Bipasha Basu. Creature is bigger scarier than Raaz and Raaz 3. If you like your scares to be anything but scarce this is just what the doctor ordered....unless you're weak-hearted.

So when did we ever say monsters are for the wimps?

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