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13B: Fear Has a New Address (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 March 2009 (India)
A man experiences a supernatural occurrence at his newly purchased apartment; a soap opera being telecast exclusively on his TV, which shows the future of his family.

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Manohar 'Manu' (as R. Madhavan)
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Sushma - Manohar's mom
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In today's world, the major source of relief, information and entertainment is the TV. So much so, that it has moved up from its modest position of being just another 'household appliance' to actually determining the power equation in a family. It is easy to identify the hierarchy in the family depending on who controls the remote control. So what happens when the TV realizes this power and begins to take control? What happens when instead of showing you the facts, the TV, begins to show you what it wants you to see? What happens when Manohar, to his great horror, realizes that this is exactly what is happening with his wonderful family, who has just moved into their sweet new home at 13B. Written by Anonymous

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13Б: У страха новый адрес  »

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$6,752 (USA) (6 March 2009)

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$12,235 (USA) (20 March 2009)
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When the Electrician sent by Manohar to drill holes in the Pooja room gets a shock, we can see the electric socket on the wall, but later when Manohar is checking the room the wall is bare. Additionally, when Manohar is hammering the nails the first time and enters the Puja room, there is no electrical socket. So the electrical outlet was stuck to the wall only when the Eletrician comes in. See more »

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Version of Yaavarum Nalam (2009) See more »

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Bade Se Shehar Mein
Performed by Karthik, Shankar Mahadevan
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa)
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You cannot trust the idiot box
30 June 2009 | by (city that never sleeps) – See all my reviews

I never thought I would see a good old horror flick in India which would spook and tickle me. Well 13B does exactly that and much more. With a tongue in cheek concept like the Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" which was based on the isolated nature of the modern society, this is a take on the "soap opera" obsessed Indian diaspora especially the women who practically live in these manipulative stories which last for ages and manage to bitch and gossip about them.

In today's world, the major source of relief, information and entertainment is the TV. So much so, that it has moved up from its modest position of being just another 'household appliance' to actually determining the power equation in a family. It is easy to identify the hierarchy in the family depending on who controls the remote control. So what happens when the TV realizes this power and begins to take control? What happens when instead of showing you the facts, the TV, begins to show you what it wants you to see? What happens when Manohar, to his great horror, realizes that this is exactly what is happening with his wonderful family, who has just moved into their sweet new home at 13B.

The plot unfolds as the main protagonist (Madhavan) begins to learn the "secrets" of the house and dwells into areas you cannot foresee. It is a breadth of fresh air in Indian Cinema where in general you can preempt whole movie down after one or two scenes. Not this one, you are left completely at the mercy of the makers. The performances in general are efficient and honest making the plot more believable especially by Madhavan. The key to the brilliance of the movie is that the director Vikram Kumar only takes it seriously enough without going overboard. It is intended to be a fun ride for the audience, yet not disconnecting them from the subject and the possibility of the story. It is a tough balance. The movie retains its satirical tone in the first half but then gradually changes colors.

There are flaws in the film which prevent it from achieving the supreme quality and scope that the script carries. One, the camera at times is unnecessarily shaky. Most Indian filmmakers have the obsession with the tacky and overly slick camera-work and over emphasis on background score but it really hurts the storytelling, especially in a movie like this where the impact moments get somewhat diluted. Second, the climax could have had a better resolution. It was good, no doubt but the build up was so impressive that anything less than brilliant would fall short. Thirdly, some of the performances were too loud to my liking.

All in all, it was sheer pleasure watching a movie like this in India which did not spoon feed the audience, which worked on different levels and which was a rollicking fun ride. I am not surprised at the news that the film will be adapted in Hollywood. It is a universal subject and I am sure it will be executed with greater finesse.


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