Agyaat - Notepad

wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) - Only for thriller buffs who don't mind absense of substantial story
quick review:

Weird camera angles used wisely, wish background score was used miserly. Nevertheless, the pace and visuals used are well placed to thrill and create curiosity. Alas, the climax is pretty predictable and that takes away a lot from the enjoyment of the film.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

A flim's crew is out to shoot in the interiors of a Sri Lankan jungle. But all is not as pretty as it looks. What makes it ugly?

What Worked

  • Comment on "Stars" in the industry taking on films without reading the story or knowing about the location, etc. I'm assuming there aren't too many of these around but nevertheless.
  • Samira's shiver at the first time everyone is frightened.
  • The green snake was absolutely awesome!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The use of handheld, jerky camera movements for when Sujal (Nitin) asks Asha (Priyanka Kothari) for her available dates for the film.
  • The slo-mo entry of the crew getting off the airplane. Not only does such an entry look idiotic, this one also was completely out of place compared to the tone of the rest of the film.
  • Does Asha do only spooky films? The one she started off with and the one they went out to shoot both looke like a horror/semi-horror film.
  • The focus of the camera when Asha is working out - absolutely gratuitous.
  • The first night scene in the middle of the jungle. The focus-like light falling right on the center of the clearing where the crew stayed the night looked very unnatural. It looked almost like a set.
  • The unnatural sound of the "unknown". Sounded like machines clanking in the distance.
  • How come noone gets tired after a day and night of walking and mental stress? What about hunger? Thirst?
  • How about some of the actors looking dirty? Like they've spent a day in a horrifying jungle?