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A whodunnit that goes about in so many circles that you stop wondering about who did it.

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Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Thriller
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One of the main ingredients of a thriller that actually thrills ought to be a new revelation every once in a while. Zid doesn't even try. Sure, there are new things happening, but the suspects remain the same, the new events reinforce the suspicion on all the suspects equally. Interestingly enough, the reason you suspect people other than the story is trying to point a finger at vehemently, is because the film is so strongly doing so. By doing these things in combination and with a 2+ hour run-time, Zid doesn't keep your attention and you lose interest altogether by the end. Sure, the final twist is a good one, especially with what it implies about what you've been seeing so far. But unfortunately, it comes a little to late.

Another thing that got to me was the spooky, horror-style treatment given to the film. We are not talking about haunted houses or unhappy, troubled spirits. So, I didn't quite understand why have an environment that makes you look out for a ghost through the film.

Such horror films are known to be associated with some amount of sexual content too. Zid doesn't disappoint on the quantity it has on offer. The quality though is completely missing in terms of chemistry between the two involved. While you could fault the actors for that bit, it's not that they can't act at all.

You see some hope in Karanvir Sharma because he shows great restraint when there was every scope to go over the board. While Mannara compensates for that bit by over-doing the crazy bit, every once in a while, she shows a slight change of expression which tells you she can do a good act if that's what she was directed to do. Shraddha Das on the other hand, holds just one expression - with the typical, sex-horror film glaze in her eye that every other lady in a film of this genre carries.

That aside, the writing just doesn't engage you like a thriller should. It tries the known hooks that horror movies usually opt for when they know they can't keep you involved - cleavage and sex. Tells you how confident the makers were in the story they had to tell, which incidentally they try to boast about - their narrative capabilities. Unfortunately, it shows a lack thereof.

- meeta, a part of the audience

14 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 2 so-so 12 nays

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So-So, by Shalini Burman, Movie Talkies : ...Climax Is The Highlight... full review

So-So, MoviezADDA : ...Bhatt styled Erotic Thriller Clone... ... full review

Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ... a very average thriller ... full review

Thumbs down, by Aneela Zeb Babbar, Desi Martini : ...Awful ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini : ...Z-Grade ... full review

Thumbs down, by Bryan Durham, DNA : ...Take an aspirin before watching Zid... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Corny attempt at thrills... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ... yet another budget thriller that will lose its steam (if any) by the time the next Friday comes along... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com : ...The lone star in the rating is thanks to this sizzler who I am sure we will see a lot of.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...The predictability of the story, the climax, the anti climax.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror : ...Sleaze for fees ... full review

Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...Not getting enough sleep? This could be your medicine without side-effects. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Nishi Tiwari, Rediff : ...more idiotic than erotic... full review

Thumbs down, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Not getting enough sleep? This could be your medicine without side-effects. ... full review

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1 readers - 0 yays 1 so-so 0 nays

So-So, by anil mahraj : good +++

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

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of it. And some bits gory too.
  • Language: A few abusive words
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Lots of cleavage and skimily clad women, bare-chested men. A few kisses. A couple of make-out scenes.
  • Concept: Whodunnit
  • General Look and Feel: A typical low-budget thriller/horror look and feel. Though it is not a horror film.

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Running time:
130 minutes

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anil mahraj

ms maya(manara) ji aap mai fast time aapki movie dekhraha hu sachhi aap acting bahut hi achhi hai is great &beautiful or ab aapki movie kabhi bhi nahi miss karonga i love you

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