Kaalo - Movie review

Published: Dec 18, 2010, 01:24 IST | Shaheen Parkar

A cross between a witch and bird-like creature called Kaalo haunts the desert village of Kulbhatta and kills young girls to achieve immortality

A; Horror
DIR: Wilson Louis
CAST: Aditya Srivastav, Swini Khara, Paintal

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A cross between a witch and bird-like creature called Kaalo haunts the desert village of Kulbhatta and kills young girls to achieve immortality. Angry villagers manage to capture the monster and bury it alive, but Kaalo continues to haunt them, forcing the inhabitants to flee. Out of fear, no one traverses through the abandoned village for ages until a busload of passengers opts to traverse through Kulbhatta citing Kaalo to be mumbo-jumbo. And the creature strikes again!

WHAT'S HOT: The all-powerful Kaalo. It can kill, move under the sandy desert, appear and disappear, fly and draw blood all at the same time. The visual efforts in creating the creature are laudable. It has been shot in Rajasthan and the sandy terrain gels well with the film's subject. Swini Khara, who essays the character of Shona who Kaalo is after is spontaneous. The film has its moments like Shona's first conversation with Sameer (Srivastav) whom she addresses as Akhru Uncle and Kaalo vandalising the bus. B-Town's veteran comedian Paintal as a Panditji lends able support.

WHAT'S NOT: The film does not scare at all though it has been touted as the first-ever day horror film. Kaalo disappears from your mind as soon as you exit the theatre. It lacks the haunting impact the kind that would make you feel Kaalo is trailing you or staring at you from the windowpanes. As some of the names associated with the film are from the television world, sometimes the feel is of TV's horror show Aahat. The story is predictable as you know exactly when Kaalo will strike. Eventually, it turns out to be a good versus evil saga. One of the passengers mouths the line, "This place is definitely eerie. Manoj Night Shyamalan!" Wish some more effort had been made to make it as supernatural as his movies. Kaalo turns out to be an adventure movie, rather than a horrorfest. It has been given an 'A' certificate even though there is more blood and gore in regular masala movies for the family!

WHAT TO DO: Wanna experience real horror, revisit one of H-Town's classics like Grudge. Or better still, see Cloverfield again.

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