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Movie Review: 1920 London – Unintelligible hocus-pocus love story

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Cast: Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra, Vishal karwal, Sagar Saikia

Director: Tinu Suresh Desai

Rating: * ½


Runtime:  117 mins

This third installment in the 1920 series is nothing but a half-baked effort to score with obviously manufactured chills and needlessly contrived set-pieces. There are a few startling and pop-your-eyes-out moments but they all come as part of the opening moments itself-thus leaving the rest of it supine, uninteresting and totally insipid.

Tinu Suresh Desai’s debut effort lacks coherence and plausibility is hugely suspect. Princess at large, Shivangi (Meera Chopra) lives in London with her husband Prince Veer Singh (Vishal Karwal) and they might have been happy together but for a surprise gift from Rajasthan that happens to invoke strange powers over the Prince.

With his condition deteriorating and Shivangi unable to find appropriate help, there’s nothing left but to consult an exorcist from Rajasthan who happens to be her former lover, Jai (Sharman Joshi), a shepherd who was not deemed classy enough to suit the princess. Jai works his hocus-pocus in order to save his former lover’s husband from the evil spirit who goes all out in a scream fest that tests your nerves and your intelligence to a high degree.

Sound design plays a crucial role in upping the ante on this horror story – unfortunately it’s so campy, corny and shrill that you just want to shut your ears. Add to that unsuitable actors trying to play dress-up in a period set-up that is neither true nor momentous. The narrative fluctuates between the bizarre and the supine. The never ending series of songs just makes the muddle of a heavily cliché ridden minefield tougher to waddle through. Frankly , other than those few shticks of facile dynamism in the opening half, there’s really nothing remarkable about this supernatural period disaster.