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He was best left a closet lunatic.

Bedraggled, unkempt, stubble-faced and blank-eyed, Professor Bakshi would normally have been dismissed as a little out of line. Except, he would send a chill down your spine without a single strain of a Transylvanian soundtrack in the background. Just a stare to get your heart pump a million to the dozen. Oh, if looks could freeze, everyday would be Thanksgiving.

It wasn't attempt for impact - some things are just sheer Evil. When you've gone as much off the deep end as Professor Bakshi, you cross the border from being horrifying to being plain Death.

Still, he was minding his own business.

Then they went and messed with him.


The beauty of Kucch To Hai is that you know it all the time, and still have the crap scared out of you. In one of the most leg-grabbing horror thrillers in recent times, Ekta Kapoor's gang masterfully manipulates its way around the frailties of human psychosis to have your heart pounding frenetically with its false alarms, red herrings and, yes, very real whiplashes of gore. Add to it lots of color, vibrancy and the college joie de vivre, and you have a thoroughly watchable film.

Karan (Tusshar Kapoor) is studying in Simla in a well-mounted college that has all the trappings of a successful what-didn't-happen-to-me-at-college film - short-skirted cheerleaders, prom nights, flaky exuberant girls, eager-to-impress boys and designer Barbie World sets. Karan's lost out to the charms of the vivacious Tanya (Esha Deol), and Tashu (Natassha) likewise to Karan. Life seems like a giant coffee pub for everyone, and things are all set to go wrong.


Things are first torpedoed when a random incident forces the gang of 6 pals to break into the home of the reclusive and eerie Professor Bakshi (Rishi Kapoor), where they discover the chillingly decaying body of the Professor's wife in the cellar. Unfortunately, the Professor discovers them too, and, understandably, doesn't like this obtrusion into his verrrrrry personal space. The callow kids run in a series of scenes that has you at your nerves' end, and you couldn't fault them. Where did Rishi Kapoor learn to look like that anyway?

In a freak accident on the frantically rampaging escape, the kids drive straight into the Professor himself, and kill him. Or so they think, since the body goes hurtling down a precipice. The cops retrieve the body of the wife from the cellar, and the missing Professor is assumed to have escaped after killing her.



College ends and the kids disperse to their individual lives. Until 3 years later, when there's a marriage of two of them at Simla and they all get back for a joyous reunion. Only, along with them, a seeming specter is delighted, too. And when they start disappearing one after the other in a series of gruesome murders, you firmly know it's payback time. Someone is very very angry.

Everyone knows where the plot came from, but the film stands out for having you



Tusshar Kapoor is good and so's Esha, though Natassha is just as unimpressive as she was in her debut - she's just dressed up better, thanks to the professionals on this. But it's game, set and match to

Rishi Kapoor. We haven't seen many villians who can freeze with a look, like he does in all his 2-minutes-to-midnight scenes. You actually respect the man. And to think he was simply lovable in his prime!

Rishi Kapoor. We haven't seen many villians who can freeze with a look, like he does in all his 2-minutes-to-midnight scenes. You actually respect the man. And to think he was simply lovable in his prime!

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Tusshar Kapoor is good and so's Esha, though Natassha is just as unimpressive as she was in her debut - she's just dressed up better, thanks to the professionals on this. But it's game, set and match to

Rishi Kapoor. We haven't seen many villians who can freeze with a look, like he does in all his 2-minutes-to-midnight scenes. You actually respect the man. And to think he was simply lovable in his prime!

The songs are good, and the locales throw you back to what might have been in your own prime if you were 215,737 times luckier. Sure, there is plenty of compromise made in portraying Rishi Kapoor's character - it's almost as if he's supernatural - but let's work with them here. The impact is worth it.
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Occasional _Critic on 10th Feb 2003, 4:25pm | Permalink
I (still) know what you did last summer, Urban legend, Scream trilogy: Do these ring a bell. Guys, its like this, If you want to make a photo copy of a bad original, the result is even worse.
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