Queen of Bollywood Horror

When we talk of Horror (in Bollywood), the first thought is Raaz, but now with Bipasha Basu doing films in the so-called “thriller” & “horror” genre, she is the undisputed Queen of Bollywood Horror.
From movies like “Raaz”, “Raaz 3” to “Aatma”, “Alone”, “Rakht”, “Darna Zaroori Hai” etc, you’d think she is doing a fairly good job of either spooking people or getting spooked. She clearly enjoys doing films like these.

But do horror movies spook out the actress in the real life? She claims it does but she nevertheless enjoys watching them, however the need to hold hands, shut her eyes and ask someone else what’s happening on screen is what normally happens while watching one.

I personally enjoy reading/watching horrors or thrillers, be it a book or a movie. So as time goes on, I am increasingly becoming a big fan of Bipasha Basu. I do watch movies only for its entertainment value, I take nothing back from it after its done, other than maybe ideas from it’s storyline – something I could use when I start writing in that genre myself. I’ve always wanted to venture into writing horror/thriller or whatever you call it… I guess I’d need to read and watch more in that genre if I have to have sparks lit up in my mind of a story that creeps not only the reader but for me too (while writing it).

While I work upon a good story with different ideas floating around in my mind, I hope to spook the living daylights out of my readers, soon… how soon that could be, is anyone’s guess.

Just in case you haven’t realized, the picture above has 6 fingers, LOOK AGAIN! You might want to count how many you have.

 

 

The Stranger Trilogy – Novoneel Chakraborty (Book Review)

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Marry me, Stranger
I’m Rivanah Bannerjee, a young and independent girl living alone in Mumbai. My parents love me, my boyfriend adores me and I have a great job. But here’s the thing -my life is in danger. Someone’s been following me around, watching my every move, trying to get control over my life. At first, I thought it was a silly prank to gain my attention. My roomie suggested he must be a secret admirer. Is he? What he doesn’t know is the police have set a trap to nab him. Soon I’ll know if its simply a lovers obsession or there is more to it. BTW, I call him Stranger.
Enough 4 me to lay my hands on the book…
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For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m Rivanah Bannerjee, a Kolkatan trying to find her footing in Mumbai. Even though I’m currently in a relationship with a great guy, I can’t help but miss my ex-boyfriend despite knowing that he cheated on me. But that’s the least of my worries. The stranger has gone missing since the police tried to nab him unsuccessfully. Where is he? What does he want from me? Why did he come into my life in the first place? Will he ever contact me again? These and many more questions continue to torment me every day. I’m desperate for the stranger to come back to me knowing fully well that he may destroy me forever. But then that’s the sexiest thing I have ever known about someone.
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I m Rivanah Bannerjee 23 F Mumbai. Some of you might already know how my life is on a razor edge. Those of you who don t just know this I may be killed soon . . . by the Stranger. I don’t know who or what he is, a ghost a person or a figment of my imagination? All I know is he isn’t just one thing, he is sexy and scary terrific and terrifying. What I don’t understand is why a young harmless girl like me who works in a big city stays away from her parents and has a screwed-up love life would be of any interest to him. Unless there is something about my own story that I do not know. In the hotly anticipated final installment of the Stranger trilogy, Rivanah will learn the answers to her many questions What is it that binds her to the dead Hiya? Who is the Stranger? Why has he been following her all this while? leading to an intense breathtaking climax.
I began reading the book. This is what I thought after I came to the end…

780 pages, 3 novels and 3 days later after having read all three parts of the ‘Stranger Trilogy’ did I FINALLY get to know who the stranger was. The author, Novoneel Chakraborty really keeps the reader wondering who it (the stranger) could be and the mystery that surrounds her and the stranger – connections and all.

One word – Phew!

After having read his first novel ‘that kiss in the rain’ a really really long time back (which was simply wow! btw) The stranger trilogy was a whole different genre that the author ventured into. I was very skeptical about purchasing the book at first, but after having finished all the 3 parts, I’m glad I did. He has done a great job. This guy had got some serious writing talent. Great going buddy!

As anxious as Rivanah (the main character in the novel) was to find out who the stranger was, I was equally waiting to reach to ‘that page’ where the revelation would be made. It was not until I completed 780 pages (over 3 books) to eventually get there.
I’m not sure why I always end up liking the main girl lead character in any book I read, but as messed up as Rivanah’s life gets over the course of the story, I like her a little more as I kept reading. There’s really no boring part in the book, it just keeps you going as a reader to know more & more.

However that said, I did not like a couple of things, which may be the author could improve on, firstly his language skills which need improvement (better sentence construction, phrase usage etc) it was good but can definitely be better and of course the intimate scenes between characters, could be explained or written in a more passionate/erotic/sensual manner. It felt more like ‘rough sex’ than ‘passionate sex’

The plot was wonderful and so was the story flow, keeping the reader engaged after every turn of the page. There were many characters which were fitted well at different junctions in the story which was really good. Character portrayals were to the ‘T’.
I would not to be able to point out a certain kind of category who would enjoy reading this book, but for anyone who enjoys a little mystery, a little love and a good read will have a great time reading the ‘stranger trilogy’.

Not sure the titles or the book covers quite matched up to the contents of the story but well… it’s the story that matters most, covers & pictures can always change.

I’ll give it a 3.5/5 rating. Overall happy with the purchase.

Review: ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Annabelle: Creation has all that we are used to seeing, A desolate house, child/children, a mysterious woman behind the curtain, a forbidden door, a scarecrow, a basement, a lift hidden behind a wall, a well, and this one had lots of dolls.

Surpised!? Don’t be.. read on

The Horror (or was it more of mystery/thriller) genre has always intrigued me, be it in the form of books, movies or a TV show. I mean who doesn’t like to enjoy being creeped out from time to time. That said, the Horror/Mystery/Thriller genre should be only shown in 3D and above, it just makes the spooky.. spookier and the creepy.. creepier – that’s all!

Hollywood – Please grow up. How long will you try scaring people with dolls, paranormal activity, Haunted houses and possessed people?

So, I watched the movie Annabelle at the INOX theater earlier today. I wouldn’t say I was scared or even in the least bit moved, but I did smile a lot during the movie (more so by the reactions of the people seated around me-who were all students [surprisingly for a morning show]) and was overall amused by what I saw in the 1h 40m of movie time.

The synopsis of the story which goes like this..
A group of orphaned girls are taken in by a doll maker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto), who are still grieving the death of their daughter. However, they are soon terrorized by a haunted doll that’s lurking within the couple’s house.

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If you think you’ll be spooked out throughout the movie, you’ll be in for a disappointment, simply because it all seems to die down post intermission, which is so not cool. We all know, its all going to end well.. but at least give us some good scary scenes! ‘The doll’ being the main object in the film, doesn’t even look all that pretty. Who keeps a doll like that!?

The next time I decide on going to watch a movie in the horror genre, I need to ask myself.. am I going to expect something new? or the same old thing?

That said.. I might just still go ahead and watch it.

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Go and watch the film, if you’re a fan of the Conjuring series.

Run Ruth..run~ Run for your life!!!

Run Ruth…run…run…run.. Run for your life!!! She woke up in a sweat & shaking hands. This was now the third time in the week. The strange thing was that the dream felt so real.

The narrow road leading to the butcher’s shop with the overhead sun shining bright, sweat dripping off her body, shaking hands heavy breathing and tired legs. The butchers knife in his hand..the murderous look and her running…

When she woke up, she felt paralyzed, As she tried to walk out of her bed to the bathroom she fell down once and again and again and again. She finally made it with a lot of difficulty. She couldn’t make it down the stairs for breakfast, going to work was out of the question.

Ruth herself did not know what to make of her strange condition. The last time she went out of the house, she was found in an unconscious state at the gates of the town’s graveyard. How she reached there is still a mystery. The only camera which was facing the entrance of the graveyard from the diagonally opposite shop, showed her getting down from a fairly large black car at 11.55pm at night and nothing after that.

What would a perfectly sane girl be doing at the entrance of a graveyard at that time was debatable. 

Could that have anything to do with what was happening with Ruth? The police were able to get the vehicle no with the help of the camera footage which read 666 with a Chinese kind of symbol prefixing it. All the more strange was that a car that did not even belong to the country was found roaming openly on the streets.

Someone surely had to see the car…as they began making inquiries around.