Ragini MMS's Bhushan Patel is back with what he thinks only he excels in: Trying to spook us with yet another supernatural thriller. Trouble is, with Bollywood's self-styled horror queen Bipasha Basu trying too hard to... well, look scary, and TV's newest import to the big screen Karan Singh Grover doing nothing to justify his 'promotion', Alone is nothing but a manual on how not to make a scary film.
First things first: It is neither a love story, nor does it have anything to give us those goosebumps.
Not convinced? Let us break it down further for you. What do you do when you are surrounded by spirits, in the dead of the night, in the middle of nowhere? In Alone, you are told that burning an object will shoo the evil spirits away. So, most sane people will probably get hold of some oil, a matchbox, and then try to just finish the job at the earliest. But people in Bhushan Patel's movie are far more focussed: They will first find the object, and then send the most vulnerable person in the group (an old woman in this case) to fetch oil! Why? That is exactly how logical Bipasha's Alone is.
A remake of a 2007 Thai film by the same name, Alone is about twin sisters, Anjana and Sanjana (Bipasha Basu, who else). Conjoined at birth, the sisters love each other and vow never to separate. In comes a charming prince, Karan Singh Grover, and the beautiful world the sisters had made for themselves comes crashing down. Why? Because he falls in love with only one of them! We don't know whether this also explains the film's title, but the rest of the film is about how Gover's love for only one sister leads to the siblings' separation, the death of one of them... and the revenge of a sister scorned.
Alone's opening sequence sets the tone of this 'horror fest' of sorts: It starts with a branch of a tree crashing down on a deserted outhouse, killing the owner. And it doesn't get any more predicable: Apparently, an evil spirit lived on the tree, and when the branch falls, this atma is freed. And how do we know? Because we see black fumes coming out of the trunk!
Written by Sheershak Anand and Shantanu Ray, Alone's biggest weakness is its screenplay. All the other elements we expect in a movie of this genre -- dim lights, screechy background score, overhead camera angles, snip shots, and the element of surprise manage to keep you on the edge. However, this is exactly where the film fails -- it promises far too much, but fails terribly. The surprise element does jolt the audience but there is not a single scene in the movie where you actually feel scared. Yes, most of them actually make you chuckle.
Bipasha is perhaps the most convincing actor in this film, apart from Zakir Hussain, who is impressive otherwise but fails in the climax sequences. Bipasha played Sanjana in her first supernatural thriller for Vikram Bhatt's production Raaz. In Alone, she plays yet another disgruntled, dissatisfied wife, who yearns for her husband's love. Just that this same disgruntled wife eventually finds herself in a lonely place that is breathtakingly beautifully. In Raaz, it was Ooty, Alone takes you to Kerala. Once again, Bipasha is the target the ghost picks, because of the spirit’s love or lust for the husband. Having done four such films (Raaz, Aatma, Creature 3D and now Alone), one would have thought this film would have been a cakewalk for her.
Karan Singh Grover, however, who makes his Bollywood debut with Alone, does not do much except exhibiting his well-toned body. Yes, the good news for Grover's fans is that you get to drool a lot in this film. There is a lot of skin show and he does carry off that rather well. Even when the couple is headed for a hospital, both Bipasha and Karan are dressed to show off their much-sculpted bodies.
Towards the end, the filmmakers bring in too many sudden twists to the plot and end up confusing everyone including the characters. Karan Singh simply doesn't know if he is fighting for his beloved or fighting with her! And the movie ends with an angelic spirit -- yes Bipasha. Wow, so why did she have to take all those distorted forms? We have no idea at all.
Watch the movie, for it is rare to sit through a supernatural thriller laughing all the way! No, on a more serious note, just skip it. You can drool over Bipasha or Karan Singh in the comfort of your home later.