Shaitan (2011) - Action, Crime, Drama

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Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Panditt
Length: 121 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 7 out of 42 found boring (16.66%)

One-line Reviews (50)

And then there comes the shocking accident which brings in the pace and in a few minutes the film gets converted into a bloody thrilling drama.

The scene's breathtaking, to say the least.

It was predictable at times and the idea of rebellious spoiled brats is becoming stale now.

There are several thrilling scenes in the film and one is not able to guess what is in store next, take for e.

The film is quite long and becomes very tiring towards the climax.

Act III is not only predictable, it flat, and if that's a cliché, so is the end.

You get an engaging and interesting idea about the five teenagers and can realistically connect with them.

Slow song sequences of 'Khoya khoya chand' in a stairway chawl with a cop shooting drug handlers could not be a comparison of "Singing in the rain" nor the Tarantino's Pulp fiction.

Hilarious Awesome and breathtaking.

The film does take some time to geer in but the twist in the tale is well handled and thereon the film keeps you on the edge.

Right from the start, Shaitan is extremely engrossing.

But sadly, post intermission it all gets a little messy, lengthy and repetitive which even becomes tedious to watch till the end.

The repetitive emergence of Kalki's mother's sequence could have been avoided at some places.

All in all,'Shaitan' is an extremely engaging film which makes for a very good (and slightly disturbing) watch.

To much violence also and a few boring moments.

To be straight, I only found one enjoyable scene in the film, when Rajeev simply kicks the auto-rickshaw and forcibly sits in after the driver refuses to go and that's it.

He shows a remarkable sense of shooting tense sequencs and action packed chases with interesting musical tracks being played in the background.

Go and watch Shaitan because it's dark and bitter but yet gripping and you will like it if you are not only an emotional drama lover and like watching different genre.

screenplay and direction are of the highest quality, cinematography and editing is breathtaking, background score is superb and the music is in sync with the film.

Authentic and intense.

I guess it was the director as he could have made a more tight and gripping stuff.

In the era so called entertaining cinema, this kind of cinema maintains balance in Hindi film industry,

This brings in the entry of an honest but a very aggressive police officer Rajeev Khandelwal who is given the charge to solve this high profile kidnapping case and rest is what follows is a series of gripping incidents.

First half of the movie is extremely engaging and entertaining, the second half lacks a bit by predictable turns and twists.

The only time the movie makes you feel boring is few sequences when Amy remembers her mother quite often.

Super slow motion, more involvement of camera as a character, fast paced flash backs, witty narration and good background music.

Clearly the movie is more intense and dark than Paanch.

The moment you will realize that you are having fun watching this one, it will take a serious turn which i think could have been delayed because the second half goes too slow showing some unimportant and regular flashbacks of Amy played by Kalki.

Then the fast paced action, the haunting music, Rajeev Khandelwal's grit and Kalki's neurotic expressions when she is high, makes you want to forgive all the negative aspects of the movie and makes you an instant fan.

The solid screenplay, sound effects and editing, the score which freshly and comically tributes many classic Hindi songs, the excellently choreographed action scenes and chase sequences create a tense atmosphere but one that is full of energy and adrenaline.

The other characters in the movie are not too bad..I haven't watched Paanch but looking at some scenes on youtube, KK Menon's character seems scary , wild and completely unpredictable...

The friend circle comprises of Gulshan Devaiya playing the role of KC, a rich brat and a non-conformist living on the edge of reality.

He shows a remarkable sense of shooting tense sequences and action packed chases with interesting musical tracks being played in the background.

After a night of partying, drinking, doing drugs & racing their Hummer on the empty roads, these guys happen to mow down two innocent people and subsequently flee the scene.

The slow and fast editing were not synchronized and orchestrated , which yield in a mild headache.

This thriller is shot stylishly and débutante director Bejoy Nambiar has crafted some stunning visuals that break the norms of conventional cinema and sets a narrative that is very much a new age bold cinema, a far cry from run of the mill.

for its action, music, run chase, super slow mo scenes.

It's intense, funny, exciting, suspenseful, superbly acted, violent, has great characters.

It's a gripping story that has been told very well.

'Hawa Hawaii' of Mister India has been featured in a unique way but good old 'Khoya Khoya Chand' on a gun fight sequence is just mind blowing.

The last thing why I liked Shaitan was that I got bored only at the interval.

A film being well directed is pointless if it's a bunch of well directed nothing.

First one being the shootout and the subsequent running sequence with the remix of Khoya Khoya Chand playing in the background is simply mind blowing...

you cant help but smile at this extremely intensive sequence because its so much in sync with the lyrics..simply magical...

The sub-plots keep creeping up here and there but are never fully explored as they have little or nothing to do with the actual plot, which takes far too long to get set into place, and even as the film's events begin to unfold, there are some absolutely appalling changes in tone that almost seem random, if it weren't for the fact that I got the indication that the camera angles and scenes had been thought out beforehand, and then the 'story' was added in later.

This scene is so well crafted and the screen play is mind boggling and is one the finest shots in the recent Hindi cinema.

Anurag Kashyap is one filmmaker who often makes films which are ahead of their times, expletive yet with substance Shaitan(2011) is one of the most intense films to come on screen.

But nevertheless the fast paced action, the haunting music, Rajeev Khandelwal's grit and Kalki's neurotic expressions when she is high, makes you want to forgive all the negative aspects of the movie and makes you an instant fan.

When the debutant director Bijoy Nambiar combines these stories with other intriguing elements of Shaitan, they become a completely innovative experience never told to the Indian audience before.

The movie started off quite well with good introductions of main characters but slowly it started going nowhere.