Creature3D

Bipasha Basu and Imran Abbas in “Creature 3D.”

Mumbai: Ahana (Bipasha Basu) has started a quaint boutique hotel in the middle of a forest – and throws a lavish launch party. A band that was coming reaches late, but its lead singer (Imran Abbas) reaches on time and the party rocks. Turns out he is actually celeb writer Kunal Anand, a normal guest, who saved the situation. But then he is not really Kunal…

And then trouble begins. A mysterious creature, like a large dinosaur crossed with a crocodile, begins to kill the guests and staff. It even reaches the hotel. As word spreads, the bank that has given Ahana the loan panics. The screwball local cop (Bikramjeet Kanwarpal) does not believe in what witnesses say. A panther is caught by Kunal’s friends, who have been specially called by him to trap the murderous animal on a killing spree.

The truth is something different, obviously. A professor (Mukul Dev) in a different town realizes the true cause and comes to help. Meanwhile, the body count has risen and the hotel is closed to the public. But Ahana has decided to fight to the last.

There is clearly nothing new in the premise and the proceedings are also predictable. The computer-created monster replaces the classic ghost or evil spirit, and the means to kill him are weird: bullets dipped in a specific kind of water on a specific day that is eleven months away, while Ahana has been given just ten days by the bank…

However, at the script level, the film takes a very liberal license with logic. The creature is a “brahmarakshas,” with a mythological reference. Fine, but why it strikes only people connected with the hotel, and why there is just a single monster is not explained.

The plan to kill the brahmarakshas is also ridiculous, and the setting even more so with the whole troupe descending into a cave (where he is supposed to reside!!) with a rope ladder and the hero later driving in and out of the same location!! There are other loopholes and flaws, too.

The camerawork is in keeping with Praveen (Vikram’s father) Bhatt’s high standards, and Michael Flax, billed as the stereographer, also deserves a pat, though the first few seconds after the interval look blurred with the 3D glasses.

The creation of the creature (!) deserves plaudits on the whole, in the way the shoot was planned and done beforehand, but it really does not look all that terrifying! The graphics are quite impressive, as everything was done within the country by indigenous talent. Prasad EFX may also take a bow.

The background score (Raju Rao) is routine but inoffensive, while the songs, though melodious, are in such a familiar groove that some can be exchanged with each other and do not enhance the situation. One of the best songs (“Mohabbat Barsa Dena Tu”) is wasted in the end-credits.

Bipasha Basu puts in a sincere turn as the victim, but on the whole, Imran cuts a mediocre figure, with blank expressions in situations where intensity was needed. From the supporting cast, Mukul Dev and the others are basic, but Deepraj Rana is sincere and impressive. Bikramjeet plays to the gallery and is a classic gray character as the stupid but over-smart cop.

Rating: ***

T-Series & ASA Films present Creature 3D

Produced by: BHUSHAN KUMAR & KRISHAN KUMAR

Directed by: VIKRAM BHATT

Written by: VIKRAM BHATT, SUKHMANI SADANA & GIRISH DHAMIJA

Music: MITHOON & TONY KAKKAR

Starring: BIPASHA BASU, IMRAN ABBAS, DEEPRAJ RANA, BIKRAMJEET KANWARPAL, AMIT TANDON, MUKUL DEV & others

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