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April 23, 2010

Double trouble

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 11:32 pm

April 23, 2010

Cast: Neetu Chandra, Tanushree Dutta, Rohit Roy, Anupam Kher

Director: Jag Mundhra

Apartment, directed by Jag Mundhra, is intended as a suspense thriller, but contains no suspense whatsoever. Plagiarized from the 1992 Hollywood B-movie Single White Female, the plot of Mundhra’s film focuses on a seemingly simple girl’s creepy obsession with her airhostess flat-mate.

This tacky slasher film stars Neetu Chandra as the roommate from hell who goes on a murderous spree when neighbors and friends come in the way of her friendship with Tanushree Dutta, whose flat she shares.

There is barely any tension or nail-biting build-up in the moments leading up to those vicious attacks, and the acting — by the two ladies in particular — is so bad, it’s hard to feel anything for either.

By the time it’s revealed fairly late in the film that Neetu Chandra’s character suffers from a mental condition, the audience is already way ahead of the film’s characters. In her introduction scene itself she’s been established as something of a nutjob when you see her scratching out romantic graffiti in a train. So it’s not like her bizarre behavior comes as a surprise, you see!

The film doesn’t work from the moment go because the script’s amateurish and Mundhra’s direction decidedly pedestrian.

Television actor Rohit Roy appears as Tanushree Dutta’s devoted boyfriend, and he at least doesn’t over-act like the women. But when Rohit Roy’s performance is the best thing in a film, you know you have to keep your expectations suitably low.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Jag Mundhra’s Apartment. Look for something better, preferably in another zip-code!

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