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Shaitan (2011)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 June 2011 (India)
Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident.

Director:

Bejoy Nambiar

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Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande (dialogue) (as Abhijeet Deshpande), K.S. Krishnan (lyrics) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Kalki Koechlin ... Amrita 'Amy' Jayshankar
Shiv Pandit Shiv Pandit ... Dash / Dushyant Sahu
Gulshan Devaiah ... Karan 'KC' Chaudhary
Rajeev Khandelwal ... Arvind Mathur
Neil Bhoopalam ... Zubin
Kirti Kulhari ... Tanya Sharma
Rajkummar Rao ... Malwankar (as Raj Kumar Yadav)
Rajat Barmecha ... Shomu
Nikhil Chinappa
Shelly Skandrani ... Claudia Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande ... (as Abhijeet Deshpande)
Raghav Dutt Raghav Dutt ... Dancing servant
Trushant Ingle Trushant Ingle ... Chanda boy (as trushant)
Rajit Kapoor ... Anand Jaishankar
Pavan Malhotra
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After the passing of her mother, and the entry of a step-mother, Amrita Jayshankar retreats into herself. Her father is summoned to her school and is told that his daughter may require counseling, but he refuses to believe and instead makes a donation to the school. Then Amrita meets with three males and a female, namely Zuben, Dushant Sahu, Karan Chaudhary; and Tanya Sharma respectively. Together they live it up with drugs and alcohol until things get out of control when they accidentally kill a couple. A corrupt police constable demands Rs.25 Lakhs to eliminate their involvement. Unable to come up with so much cash, the five decide to fake a kidnapping, demand the cash from Amrita's father, and clear their respective names. Amrita accordingly goes 'missing', and her father involves the police, who assign this case to once-suspended police inspector, Arvind Mathur. With the media getting involved, Arvind begins his investigation, but will soon find it hampered - complicating not only... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Composer Prashant Pillai just took one and a half hour to finish 'Bali - The Sound of Shaitan' from scratch. See more »

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There's a 'Shaitan' in all of us waiting to rear its ugly head..
11 June 2011 | by Jhakaas-Ya-BakwaasSee all my reviews

Newbie director Bejoy Nambiar certainly has got himself an impressive if not a mind-blowing debut. And the young actors have done justice to his quirky script & storytelling technique.

You can recognize new age cinema with its 'hatke' script, youthful actors and edgy storytelling / narration. And when you go see Shaitaan you can see all of it there.

The story opens with brief introductory scenes of the lead characters that give you an insight into what each character's personality is like. The story unfolds to show an unruly group of spoilt brat teenagers who believe in the adage 'if you got it, you gotta flaunt it'.

A NRIs daughter Amy (Kalki Koelchin), with a traumatic past, is new in town. She joins the spoilt teenager group and finally starts to enjoy her life. 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.

At this point the story actually starts taking pace. In order to escape judicial custody they make an arrangement with a cop who for a huge sum of money will take care of their case. Since none of them has enough money to pay the cop off, they hatch a plan of staging the kidnapping of Amy and demanding the ransom money.

From here the story starts to spiral towards things that neither of them imagined would happen. What was considered to be a harmless plan turns out to be something that will change their lives forever.

This movie is a classic example of how peer pressures and herd mentality can actually make the sanest of people do things that they wouldn't normally do, only to realize it when it's too late.

There is also a parallel track running of the cop Mathur (Rajeev Khandelwal) who has been given the responsibility of handling the case. Along with his professional life, we get to see glimpses of his personal life & the problems he is facing in his marriage. In fact in the end you realize that it isn't easy being a cop where you have the responsibility of protecting the nation with a measly salary being paid for it.

The story is interspersed with clever narration techniques and flashbacks which make the film edgy.

The end makes you feel sorry for the characters & makes you question practicality vs. idealism.

A decent watch I say.

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