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Movie Review: Lupt – Stay Away From This One

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Lupt is all about Harsh Tandon (Javed Jaffrey), who heads the Tandon Group of Industries and his family. Things get spooky when Harsh Tandon heads for a vacation with his family, comprising wife Shalini (Niki Walia), son Sam (Rishab Chadha), daughter Tanu (Meenakshi Dixit) and her boyfriend Rahul (Karan Anand).

We get into the typical elements of a horror film, the breakdown of their vehicle, a stroller with a strange looking doll, a mysterious man who turns up out of nowhere and invites them to his cottage in the middle of the woods, well, the list is endless.

There is nothing new or wow in Lupt. The 117 minutes run time looks stretched and you are forced to take many coffee or loo breaks.

The background music is loud and jarring. The cinematography is decent and tries to cover up some continuity jerks. The actors struggle to emote in certain scenes.

Javed Jaffrey, on whose shoulders this film rests looks out of place and totally disinterested is essaying Harsh Tandon. I wonder what compelled him to say yes to this film. Vijay Raaz at whose mysterious outhouse the entire story unfolds desperately tries to do all that he can, but he too falls flat thanks to the lame character that he is saddled with. The screenplay is almost predictable and you can actually predict each and every scene.

Anyway, moving on, for me, the highlight of the film is the song Bhoot Hu Main, which has been picked up from the Ram Gopal Varma film Bhoot (2003). This was the only five minutes of the film that I loved.

Lupt is a film that I would not even want to watch on television, and I am amazed at myself for actually shelling out money and to see this film in a theater. Shame on me!!

Rating: Half Star

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