Movie review: Screenplay is the real monster in Creature 3D
Director Vikram Bhatt's latest movie Creature 3D is about Ahana (Bipasha Basu), who decides to open a forest resort in Himachal Pradesh. Her life takes an unprecedented turn when she encounters a monster.movie reviews Updated: Sep 13, 2014 14:34 IST
Bipasha Basu, Imran Abbas, Mukul Dev, Deepraj Rana
The forests of Himachal Pradesh are not only about their scenic beauty as they are also supposed to take you back to your roots. And, I am not talking about any ordinary roots here. But, before dissecting a movie, which delivers what it promised in the promos, with our logical lenses, we need to take a small crash course in Hindu mythology.
There are spoilers ahead, so you're requested to come back to this article after watching the film. Thanks if you are still scrolling down.
Who becomes a Brahmarakshas?
Usually, a priest who used his knowledge for evil deeds were supposed to become Brahmarakshas. Their ultimate salvation was almost impossible.
The other version
Let me make it easy for the 90s kids. Brahmarakshas were also featured in DD shows like Vikram Aur Betaal and Panchtantra.
The Vikram Bhatt version
A cross between Dr Curt Connors (aka Lizard) and a Doberman. The mutated genes will then be put inside a room filled with chain smokers for many years. Finally the genes would be used to create a huge monster, with unique voice. It sounds like your neighbourhood Army captain is going through a rigorous gargle session. Anyway, let me not get as imaginative as Vikram Bhatt!What makes a monster eat human beings?
Absolutely anything. Basically, they are hungry and are coming to get us.
Movie Review: Think twice before you want to watch Creature 3D
So, Ahana Dutt (Bipasha Basu) has to battle on several fronts in order to keep the demons of her life at bay. The land mafia of Mumbai pushes her father to commit suicide, and thus she comes to the dense hills of Himachal to open a new resort. Just when she thought that the new business will grant her the freedom to breathe easily, a guest gets killed. As usual, the local administration doesn't believe in any ghost stories, and thus the guests keep getting butchered. Nobody knows what to do until Professor Sadana (Mukul Dev) enters the frame, quite literally. Kunal (Imran Abbas), a guy with a dubious identity is also there, whose sole purpose in life is to drive an open jeep. Now, all these fighters are up against a creature which is ruthless, daring and emotive, at least more than the staff at Bipasha's resort. But, will Bipasha be able to chase away the monster from her land? Will she win the contest of her life?
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As you figured out, the story of Creature 3D is as redundant as the role of the palace in Khooni Haveli. There is a reason behind the name of the film, and I think it's a noble gesture on part of the director to honestly put it in front of his audience that he doesn't know what exactly he has created. The moment a villager bursts out, "Wo aa gaya hai, ab wo kisi ko nahi chodega," you understand what to expect from it. The film follows a classic screenplay structure, of Indian ghost films, which means the beginning is also the end, of your mental peace and trust on Bollywood writers.
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Most of Vikram Bhatt heroines have a breathing problem, they keep sighing heavily, but somehow Bipasha Basu has managed to look normal. The computer-generated-images were not there at the time of shooting, and the characters were supposed to rely on their imagination. Interestingly, every actor imagined the monster at different eye axis. So, for somebody it was 10 feet on the wall, and for another it was 8 feet on the wall. The audience were left on their own to figure out the exact position of the Brahmarakshasa.
Watch: Creature 3D trailer
Meanwhile, innuendo laden lines keep flowing. What's the point of having a young lead otherwise? Consider this one, "
Thodi der ke liye aapke hothon pe hansi lane ke liye maine apne hothon pe ungli rakh li
," or this one, "
Apne andar ke rakshas ko maarne ke liye iss brahmarakshasa ko maarna zaroori hai
." It's amazing to see how some really melodious tunes go unnoticed in the process! The songs act as soothing solutions.
The makers have a completely different take on suicides as one character very chirpily says, "Your urge to commit suicide is genetic." Another blurts, "Fantasy is nothing but a fact which is yet to be discovered." Some original views!
One can forgive Imran Abbas for forgetting that his hand is severely injured in the climax, but can you really forgive him for looking teary-eyed all the time. Mukul Dev is one good actor, please fetch him meaty roles. Same goes for Deepraj Rana, who is toned down just to give the other actors a sort of leverage on over-acting. Bipasha Basu tries her best to hold the film together, but a flawed script hampers her efforts. She is the most natural of the lot. It's not Bipasha's fault that the characters forget to use fire torches against the Brahmarakshasa despite knowing its advantages.
Yes, box-office is a different ball game altogether, and the audience will decide the film's fate, but failing to make a not-so-regressive film is the director's fault.
Watch Creature 3D only if you can't sleep without watching a monster movie. Creature 3D gets one for the film, and 0.5 extra for the VFX.
First Published: Sep 11, 2014 18:19 IST