Movie Review: Shaapit

By Subhash K. Jha

Film: "Shaapit"; Cast: Aditya Narayan, Shweta Agarwal, Rahul Dev, Natasha Sinha; Director: Vikram Bhatt; Rating: ** 1/2

There are good spirits and bad spirits waltzing all over the place. All we have to do is reach into the past and pull out the relevant ghoul, and we are into the realm of the spooky cool.

Vikram Bhatt's "Shaapit" has a certain coherence and clarity generally denied to the horror genre. Bhatt, a past master at creating the shiver, treats the material on hand with affection and respect.

"Shaapit" is one of those rare horror thrillers which are not designed simply to scare the yell out of viewers. The research on spirits and ghosts that underlines the story of a boy in love and his effort to liberate his object of adoration from a 300-year-old family curse includes scholarly interpretations of witchcr