Vikram Bhatt’s attempt to cash in on his own horror brand ‘1920’ with its titular sequel ‘1920: Evil Returns’ is an attempt at clutching at straws at best! This is not a continuation of the ‘1920’ story nor does it have any connection with Bhatt’s earlier hit film other than its titular allusion and lead heroine Tia Bajpai. Bhushan Patel, Vikram Bhatt’s erstwhile assistant helms this attempted horror show. And it’s not a pretty sight!
Jaidev Verma (Aftab Shivdasani), is a poet, a loner in search of his soul-mate. His only sister Karuna (Vidya Malwade) is supportive and encouraging of his creativity except when Smruti (Tia Bajpai) enters their lives. Smruti meets Jaidev near a lake under mysterious circumstances.
Jaidev is fascinated enough to bring her home and take care of her against his sister’s wishes. As time passes Jaidev finds out that Smruti has lost her memory and does not remember anything from her past life except for his poems.
He then takes her to Shimla to get treated in idyllic surroundings but…
The set-up is pretty much intriguing but once the possession takes centre-stage there isn’t much mastery in the technique or the visual display.
The spirit (Sagar Saikia) makes a surprise entry but thereafter there’s no novelty in the girl being possessed speaking in a guttural man’s tone. There are no startling elements to look forward to though Bhatt and company try their best to lengthen the mystery surrounding the possession.
The sound track though tries hard to drum up a scary tempo. Aftab Shivdasani and Vidya Nalawade are serious enough while the slightly built Tia Bajpai pulls off a spunky show.
Bhushan Patel continues the traditional genre drill that his master specialises in so there’s not much newness in the effort. Thankfully this one is not 3D so horror fans won’t have to shell out big bucks for such a monstrously fickle appeasement!