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October 22, 2010

Hiss-terical!

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:30 pm

October 22, 2010

Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Irrfan Khan, Divya Dutta, Raman Trikha, Jeff Douchette

Director: Jennifer Lynch

If the sight of two snakes entwined, supposedly making love, doesn’t cause your stomach to churn, then the sight of Mallika Sherawat writhing on the floor with a snake between her legs most definitely will.

In Hisss, directed by Jennifer Lynch, Mallika stars as a shape-shifting snake that’s been separated from her reptile lover by a crazy foreigner who’s seeking a naagmani that will cure his cancer. The outrageous plot involves this ichchadhari nagin emerging as something of a feminist superhero who comes to the rescue of various tormented women, even as she’s seeking out her kidnapped partner. Irrfan Khan plays the cop investigating a series of mysterious killings, and Divya Dutta his wife.

Hisss has a distinct B-movie feel to it, and the special effects scenes of Mallika turning into a snake are more comical than jaw-dropping. The film is haphazardly edited, and appears to be assembled out of incomplete footage.

In the role of the shape-shifting snake, Mallika has no dialogues at all, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. The film relies squarely on her ability to look sexy as she switches forms, and the actress shows much bare flesh in the process. Irrfan Khan looks positively uncomfortable in this ridiculous film, and the only time you smile is when the end credits appear.

I’m going with one out of five for Hisss. At 90 minutes it’s mercifully short, but watch it only if you’re not easily disgusted.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

2 Comments »

  1. Even a rating to this one proves that your job is tough.

    You actually did watch the entire movie.

    I remember walking out of audi 10 minutes into ‘Aap Ki Khatir’ and ‘Baabul’. Since then I prefer waiting for your reviews rather than go dare watch such movies.

    I do go for First Day First Shows of a lot of other movies which turn out to be almost always great.

    Anyways, you do a great job.

    Comment by Y. Kamesh Rao — October 26, 2010 @ 8:09 am

  2. You seriously should have guts to watch this big tym nonsense crap… muv sucks as it begins… malika sherawat looks dumb and is nowhere sexy… i totally agree that its more of an assembled videos than a complete movie…
    every second i hoped that some magical power should swallow miss sherawat as she swallowed the eggs…
    its not even worth one on five.. i think there should be negative scaling for movies like this…
    a total mindless creation….

    Comment by anika sharma — November 1, 2010 @ 1:15 am

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