Rannvijay Singha, Anindita Nayar, Salil Acharya
Vishal S Mahadkar
3/5It's a film that does the horror genre proud. It's original and inspite of being a horror film, there is not even one creaky door in the length and breadth of the film.
There is a specially intrusive Goan episode pumped into plot at a time when the ghouls get going in a big way.
The problem with the horror genre in Hindi is that it doesn't know where to get off. This one doesn't overstay its welcome. The twist in the tale where Rannvijay turns out to be what he doesn't want us to know, is not novel. The treatment to a large extent, is. The camera movements (Vijay Misra) in the fright-inducing scenes are fluid but controlled. Raju Singh's background score is tempered by a sense of self-directed surprise, as though the music was as taken by surprise by the goings-on as the audience is expected to be.
The special effects are toned-down and done effectively. Most of the time 3 AM cruises along exploring the bond between this life and the afterlife without getting tangled in spiritual polemics. Miraculously the horror film avoids the excesses of the genre. It's done in tempered-down tones and the storytelling tapers down to a well thought-out finale.
Rannvijay sells spook with conviction. He expresses the helplessness of bereavement like a man who has seen mortality from close quarters.
I have to mention a shot where Salil, now royally possessed runs across the frame on all fours like a wild boar. The body language is terrifying.
The film is a sharp slick scare-fest. It delivers the fear quotient without resorting to cheap gimmicks or excessive gore.