Shaitan is truly like trying a new bottle of “vodka” among many same old ones. It’s a story borrowed from the life of today’s youth. Some 20 something’s spoilt brats are out in the city thriving their beastly yellow HUMMER recklessly. Add to that some smoking and drinks. The film drives home a reality that the youngsters are aggressive, sexual, brutal, edgy and well aware of everything happening around. They like to investigate the darker side and push the envelope till they can be brought in check by power and command.
SHAITAN is the story of five youngsters set in the urban locale of Mumbai. Amy [Kalki], Dash [Gulshan], KC [Shiv], Zubin [Neil] and Tanya [Kirti] - young, intelligent, good looking and ‘uber cool’. With no boundaries, excitement is what they seek till a moment changes everything. An accident and their actions to cover it up lead them through a series of incidents across the roads, streets and by lanes of Mumbai and into the dark side that is present within all of us.
The best part about the movie is the car chase and the crash (spine chilling). Your heart is in your mouth in that particular sequence. Also I liked the movie’s sardonic mischievous sense of humor and yeah…the song khoya khoya chand is awesome! Camera work albeit stylish and innovative looked bit of a show-off at times.
To note: Rajeev Khandelwal’s wife in the movie never utters a word. Not a single dialogue. Also note that the story of this film is painfully similar to Anurag Kashyap’s Paanch, which did not release due to “too much blood and gore” in the film.
It’s one of the most stimulating and intense films to come out of the Hindi film industry. Don’t miss out this one for a change of taste.