‘Shaitaan’ movie review | …expect the unexpected

Film: Shaitaan
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Jyotika, R. Madhavan, Janki Bodiwala, Master Anngad Raaj
Director: Vikas Bahl
Genre: Horror Thriller
Date of Release: 08.03.2024
Rating: 3.5/5

By Yogesh Mishra

Director Vikas Bahl’s Shaitaan talks about black magic, hypnotism, and a war between good and evil.

The story belongs to a small, happy family with a couple (Ajay Devgn and Jyotika) and their two kids, Janvi, 17, and Dhruv, 10 (Janki Bodiwala and Anngad Raaj). They stay in Dehradun, and one day they go to their farm house to spend the weekend. Twist comes into their lives when a stranger (R. Madhavan) meets them at a Dhaba, when they were on the way to a farm house. That stranger hypnotized his daughter Janvi, and since that moment, Janvi has started following his instructions and orders. He followed them till their farm house, entered their house, and demanded Janvi for ever. This was the toughest situation for the couple. What happens to the closed rooms of the farm house between that family and the devil? What was the purpose of that devil? Why did he want to take Janvi with him forever? To know the answers to all these questions, one must watch the film.

Ajay Devgn, in the role of a father, has done full justice to his part and is the center of attraction in the film. Actress Jyotica is another attraction of the film. In the role of a mother battling to safeguard the lives of her children, she has done a wonderful job. Even the characters of the kids are beautifully played by Janki Bodiwala, and Master Anngad Raaj is also quite impressive. The complicated character of a devil, played by R. Madhavan, is something different and opposite to the screen image of the actor. R. Madhavan as a villain is hardly acceptable, but he has given his best to be fit for this role.

Although music does not play an important role in this horror thriller, the background score is quite impressive.

First half is quite impressive and holds the attention of the audience but second half is little dull and boring but the climax covers it up. Story is quite good but the screenplay and dialogues are not really upto the expectations. Direction of Vikas Bahl is quite good and he beautifully managed to hold the attention of the audience till end.

Overall, this is one of the finest horror thrillers of the year. Although the movie does not have anything different to say, it’s beautifully presented differently by director Vikas Bahl. The climax is the real crux of the story, where we can expect the unexpected. So, why wait? Go and watch it in your nearest cinema hall.