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Vaastu Shastra (2004)

Jhilmil and Virag move to their new house with son Rohan and Jhilmil's younger sister Radhika. There is an old tree outside the house. The tree and the house are haunted by the dead.

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Saurab Narang (as Sourabh Usha Narang)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vicky Ahuja ... Helper
J.D. Chakravarthi ... Virag Rao
Ahsaas Channa
Peeya Rai Chowdhary Peeya Rai Chowdhary ... Radhika (as Piya Rai Choudhray)
Zakir Hussain ... Dinesh Dubey - Zombie
Rasika Joshi ... Rukma - Maid
Purab Kohli ... Murli - Radhika's boyfriend
Bansaree Madhani Bansaree Madhani ... Jyoti Tatya Topiwala (as Bansree Bhupesh Madhani)
Meghna Malik ... Zombie
Rafiqa Rafiqa
Sushmita Sen ... Jhilmil 'Jill' V. Rao
Chintan Atul Shah Chintan Atul Shah ... Manish Tatya Topiwala
Sayaji Shinde ... Inspector Bhupal Gorpade
Rajpal Yadav ... Rajpal (mad guy)
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Dr. Jhilmil Rao works in a Pune Hospital, and lives in a flat with her writer husband, Virag her sister, Radhika; and son, Rohan. The family decides to re-locate to Saswade about 12 km from Pune in a spacious bungalow. Virag finds the necessary solitude to carry on with his writing, Radhika and Jhilmil take the car for college and work respectively, while Rohan is delighted that he has ample place to play. He soon befriends two other children Manish and Jyoti and informs his parents accordingly. Since there is no neighbor anywhere within sight, they think that he has an active imagination like his dad. They decide to hire a maid, Rukma, to look after him. Subsequently, Rohan complains that Rukma had tried to kill him by trying to push him under a truck, but Rukma denies this. Rohan also accuses Rukma of stealing property from their house, which Rukma vehemently denies. The next day the Police Inspector Bhupal Gorpade, informs the Raos that Rukma has been killed by a hit and run driver... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (India) See more »

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Pune, Maharashtra, India See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Nicely done!
4 December 2007 | by jbengel-2See all my reviews

At this point I've seen more than a few Hindi horror movies and for the most part I usually find them amusing but certainly not scary. This one... well, "scary" might be taking it too far, but creepy it certainly was. I'm not sure that any Indian horror film has raised my neck hair as often as this one did. Predictable? Sure... but aren't they all? There are very few "original" story ideas left in the horror genre. But even with the best of story ideas, it's the execution that separates the good from the mediocre from the truly bad (see "Kaun?", 1999). And Vaastu Shastra is pretty much spot-on in the execution department. Staging and lighting worked well, even the makeup was better than the norm (especially for the creepy dead-things). And while some have pointed to other films as "inspirations" for "Vaastu Shastra", it's not the obvious Hollywood or Korean or Japanese (or Hong Kong, or...) ripoff that you might expect. Yes, there are elements of several previous films, but really... can't you say that about just about every horror movie released since "Night of the Living Dead"? Someday perhaps a writer somewhere in the world will come up with a story we've never seen before. But with the sheer number of films that have rolled out since the invention of the motion picture camera, it's nearly impossible to make a film in any genre -- especially the horror genre -- that doesn't include elements of those that have gone before. "Vaastu Shastra" is no exception, but the "borrowed" elements are more a salute to the films that came before it than they are blatant plagiarism. This is a well written, well-directed, well produced movie and one well worth watching.


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