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Movie Review: A Scandal – Stranger than fiction

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Cast: Johnny Baweja, Reeth Mazumdar, Manav Kaul, Puru chibber, Tanvi Vyas, Vasundhara Kaul, Ayam Mehta, Niraj Sah

Director: Ishaan Trivedi

Rating: * ½


Runtime: 156 mins

A psycho-horror drama, this film tires out all the tricks in the book to lure it’s audience. There’s ample making out sequences, scantily clad women and suggestiveness of a perverse nature to fire up it’s obvious charms.

The story is quite ridiculously fashioned , jumbled together with one too many characters and alludes to carnal motivations. Kuhu, a 9 year old girl, drowns in a lake in Nainital. Soon after,  her father, Manav (Manav Kaul) who blames himself for her death, becomes manic depressive and falls off a cliff. He eventually survives the incident and lives on with a completely new and unnerving pattern of behavior. His niece by marriage, Koya (Reeth Majumdar) and her three other budding filmmaker friends come to their house in order to film the strange goings on there. Thereafter the narrative stretches it’s unimaginable leanings to include incest, extra-marital underpinnings and murder. Attempts at planchette, psycho therapy and live recording of events only make the final reveal look and sound really weird.

This is, to say the least, a tasteless , unappetizing film that does it’s best to ‘turn on’ it’s assault on the senses with baser tricks- but to no avail. The performances are limiting, treatment is amateurish and the formulaic elements don’t quite measure up to sound, excitement inducing entertainment. This is, to say the least, a tasteless , unappetizing film that does it’s best to ‘turn on’ it’s assault on the senses with baser tricks- but to no avail.