DARR@THE MALL has released and as is always the case, its lead actor Jimmy Shergill has emerged unscathed, what with good feedback coming his way for yet another balanced performance.What I liked about this film was that it was scary due to situations, instead of gimmicks. Moreover, the graph of supernatural occurrences is very good. I felt really good working with (director) Pawan (Kripalani) as he is very intelligent guy. He doesn’t like to take chances; he wants
Ridiculous, Bizarre And Mundane, well that’s what Darr@The Mall is all about. Asia’s largest mall is ready for inauguration, although there’s a myth surrounding the mall. Over the period of its construction people have started labelling it as the haunted mall.
On the opening eve the owner of the mall, Mr. Manchanda calls a press conference and to dispel the fears announces that he would spend a night at the mall with the board of directors. The news is flashed around town. Mr. Manchanda and his associates step into the mall to spend a night but then his daughter Ahana (Nushrat Bharucha) and her junky friends too step in just for fun.
Jimmy Shergill (Vishnu) essays the role of the Chief Security Officer of this haunted mall. As the film progress we get to know that this mall is spooked because of a nun and some kids being brutally murdered and buried here decades ago.
On the lewd of keeping the viewers edgy, the narrative moves at a very fast pace, quickly eliminating characters, but then that’s where is goes completely wrong because by the time you get over one death, the other death is all set to take place without losing time or momentum.
None of the so called tried and tested methods manage to shock you, barring a chilling ice skating scene. Also, the plot is extremely predictable. The rest that follows is something not worth mentioning.
For a horror film, apart from the story it’s the special effects that need to be excellent but the sad part is Darr@The Mall has the worse special effects.
Performances are poor and the entire film rests on Jimmy Shergill and his acting skills, which in parts is a huge lead down. The damsel in distress, Nushrat Bharucha, ends up getting more footage that Jimmy.
At the end of it all, what’s shocking about Darr@The Mall is its direction. Pawan Kripalani who earlier made a brilliant Ragini MMS coming up thing a very choppy product and looks like Pawan just could not hold the film together.
The makers of Darr @ The Mall are going all out to promote their movie
Jimmy Shergill has joined hands with the CID officials to solve a crime and simultaneously promote his movie Darr @ The Mall. However the case he is assisting them with doesn’t happen in a mall.
Talking about his experience on working with the most loved television cops, Jimmy said, “It was a great experience to shoot a special episode with the CID team. I think there is no bigger platform than CID to promote a movie. It’s going to be a very interesting episode webbed with thriller and entertainment.”
The episode which will be aired on Friday (February 21) is being showcased at an amusement park. Sudden gunshots in a horror themed maze, separates Jimmy and the few kids he is with. In his attempt to find the kids, he accidentally bumps into a dead body that has been mummified.
Initially he assumes its part of the horror maze, but later realises that it’s not a fake body. The CID team arrives on the scene to solve the mystery of the mummified body and to find the lost kids in the maze. In the entire case, what shocks them the most is that the mummified person was alive ten days ago and the process to completely mummify a body takes at least 70 days.
Jimmy, ACP Pradyuman, Abhijeet and Freddy together try to find the answers to the mysterious case. But will they manage to do it in time, remains to be seen.
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Jimmy Shergill starrer Darr @ The Mall has created a lot of buzz. But has the film lived up to its expectations?
As you all will know, when it comes to horror, Bollywood has been more funny than fearful. But that seems to be changing and…how! Our critic Namrata Thakker is currently watching Pawan Kirpalani’s latest offering Darr @ The Mall which stars Jimmy Shergill. And here’s what Namrata has to about the film.
She says, “The first of half the film is well paced and will keep you on the edge of your seats. Though there are few scenes lifted from hollywood horror movies, they still manage to scare you. Jimmy Shergill is impressive as always. While so far the film hasn’t disappointed, we hope the second half is even better and spooky of course.”
Keep watching this space for full review soon.
Darr @ The Mall Movie Poster
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star cast: Jimmy Shergill, Nushrat Bharucha, Arif Zakaria, Asif Basra, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Shradha Kaul, Neeraj Sood
Director: Pawan Kripalani
What’s Good: The film has its share of spine chilling moments without getting funny.
What’s Bad: The film is copied from multiple sources and falls into the realm of typical horror films.
Loo break: Barely a few
Watch or Not?: Darr@The Mall isn’t entirely unwatchable but extremely repetitive plagued with loopy writing. The makers have fed us with every possible trick in the horror diktats and does so extremely tautly to its credit. It is entertaining if you can watch mindless horror films that fall back on familiar tropes to scare you. The fall-off-your-seats jumping moments are multiple and that allows ample room for you to relish your popcorn with another passable film. If not viewed critically, the film despite low novelty manages to deliver formulaic scares.
The film begins with the story of a certain Amity Mall that has seen a lot of bizarre and perhaps paranormal incidents lately. With the death of its watchman, the mall hires Vishnu (Jimmy Shergill) whom the deceased had recommended. Short of a grand party being held at the mall, Vishnu is entrusted with the responsibility of looking into the security arrangements of the place. A group of wild youngsters begin to enjoy by themselves and the spirits begin to make their presence felt in the meantime making theme undergo a horrifying experience that ends in death.
Jimmy Shergill in a still from movie ‘Darr @ The Mall’
Darr @ The Mall Review: Script Analysis
I am not a big fan of horror films because fear isn’t exactly my idea of enjoying a movie. There indeed are better ways to amuse myself over the weekend than getting scared. But for many who enjoy it, this flick is just another one of the horror staples. A haunted mall with a backstory that dates back to when an orphanage was demolished to erect the mall. The nun and her 21 children lead a peaceful life until they rejected the offer of allowing a bunch of businessmen demolish their home. All well and good, I don’t understand why will they kill 21 children and not just the miscreant nun in question.
The film from the beginning points towards the predictable climax and if you have seen Conjuring and Insidious, then you are pretty familiar with where the movie is heading in terms of thrills or story. There is nothing out of the world, unusual in the film and that is its primary problem. It is obviously difficult to weave a fictional story from the paranormal but that is where creativity comes to play a significant role.
I don’t think the scriptwriters were trying to show a creative bent of mind at all as much as trying to cash in good moolah. To their credit they manage to passably entertain keeping the story taut and simple. A haunted mall, greedy businessmen, an evil incident of the past and spirits coming alive from the dead are all pretty popular and known characters from the horror world.
The major lapse of logic was how Vishnu forgot about his childhood altogether. Shot on his back, his amnesia was not accounted for or believable. If an incident of that magnitude happened in anyone’s childhood, they will be scarred for life. To forget an incident that gigantic is done in a very silly fashion.
Darr @ The Mall Review: Star Performances
Jimmy Shergill is good. He keeps his gusto at peak and plays the role with such impeccable ease that it won’t be incorrect to say the man’s caliber is the right blend of experienced and nascent.
Nushrat is spanks and energetic. And after a comparatively less inspired performance in Xx last year, she is remarkably better in delivering a more credible rendering.
Arif Zakaria isn’t at his memorable best neither is Asif Basra and the rest of the cast could easily have been avoided.
Darr @ The Mall Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Kirpalani manages to rise above the staggering script and deliver well within its wobbly folds. Definitely fed on vast repertoire of horror flicks, he uses them all scary mannequins, spooky looking air-conditioning ducts and even an ice skating rink. Noticeably the ghosts he uses shifted between looking like Jaadu to fearful little kids and procures too many tricks recognizable tricks to scare us. The bad news is it’s heavily unoriginal, the good part is its too engaging. Luckily the glimpses of the ghost has been limited to keep us horrified till the end. Many visual inferences have been generously lifted from too many seen films but Kirpalani manages to show the mundane story with getting us bored. Editing team too have been careful in not giving us anything more than what should be shown. Had the editing got sloppy, the film would have reduced to an unforgivable mess.
Background score of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy too managed to make the screenplay more presentable. It infuses the correct measure of fear without going extremely over the top.
Darr @ The Mall Review: The Last Word
Darr@The Mall is a decently made film that involves you in the story quite enthusiastically. The story might suffer from too many problems but the final cut doesn’t translate the glitches. Using the littlest things to evoke fear, the film’s narrative uses a simplistic vein in telling the story without making the audiences rack their brains to much. The usual favorites of the horror world is spread out on a platter. However, for those who are expecting more from the film might be disappointed because it is the usual done powerfully but lacks the stylish shrewdness in it. I am going with a 2.5/5.
Darr @ The Mall Trailer
Darr @ The Mall releases on 21st February, 2014.
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Reviewed by Mohar Basu
The weekend’s here and so are this Friday’s two Bollywood releases. On the one hand there’ the Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda starrer ‘Highway’ directed by Imtiaz Ali, and on the other end of the spectrum is a horror film called ‘Darr @ the Mall’ starring Jimmy Shergill. Which one will you choose?
The Bollywood actor was on the sets of SAB TV’s FIR to promote his upcoming movie, Darr @ The Mall
It’s common for Kavita Kaushik aka Chandramukhi Chautala from FIR to face new challenges in her everyday life and solve mysterious crimes in the city. But recently, the actor and the other crew members of FIR were frightened beyond belief when Jimmy Shergill came on the sets of FIR to promote his movie Darr @ The Mall, which releases on February 21, 2014.
A source from the sets informs us that while Kavita and Jimmy were shooting for their sequence, the main door of the studio suddenly shut and locked on its own. The crew tried its best to open it, but the door didn’t budge. To add to the chaos, a technical snag stripped the electricity and the entire set was left in pitch dark.
This created a near panic situation as the enclosed area of the set started getting claustrophobic. Since the set was sound proof with limited air flow, mobile phones had no networks and shouts of help also went unheard.
That’s not all. Just as the electricity snapped suddenly, it came back also unexpectedly and the studio doors unlocked itself. Now while we thought this was a prank, crew members claim that there was no one on the outside, orchestrating the lights or the door. While speaking about the incident, Kavita Kaushik says, “Since we did couple of horror based comedy show in FIR in the past, the idea of promoting Darr @ The Mall went off pretty well”.
It was indeed a very interesting day for Kavita Kaushik , no?
Actor Jimmy Shergill, who will be seen in the soon-to-release horror film Darr @ The Mall, says there is a dearth of filmmakers who can do justice to the horror genre, which he feels has not caught up…