The ApunKaChoice movie review of Darr @ The Mall. If you are the faint-of-heart types who needs a little girding up of the loins, a little psyching up before watching a spookfest unravel on the big screen in Dolby sound, Darr At The Mall will give you some genuine hair-raising scares. But if you are the ballsy type who smirks at the talk of ghosts and makes light of unexplained noises at night while sleeping alone in an occasionally empty house with all lights off, Darr @ The Mall offers no darr, no horror, no spine chills.
So make your choice. I, for one, fall between the two types, and found the movie fair to middling on the scare meter.
Jimmy Shergill plays the ballsy type who volunteers to be the security supervisor of a mall that’s known to be haunted and has already claimed nine lives. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and is therefore out to debunk all the Bhootiyapa surrounding the mall.
Little does he foresee the hellish night about to unravel in the mall. He and a few others are locked in. Lights go out. Unexplained noises, kids’ jingles fill the air. Shadows pass by. And then, ghosts of a nun and some kids strike.
Mind you, they aren’t on a killing spree for fun. They are seeking revenge. Revenge for what, you ask? The strings of the mystery go back to the childhood of our plucky hero. He’s been called to the mall for a reason.
Intriguing, eh? Truth be told, there’s indeed some merit in the story of Darr @ The Mall. Where the movie falters is in its execution. Director Pawan Kriplani falls back on the usual tropes of the horror genre, and takes inspiration from films such as The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2, and even the Bollywood film Horror Story that released last year.
The background music is a potent force, and Jimmy Shergill does carry the film well with his fine performance. The last 15-minutes of the film will find its takers and haters. I, for one, liked it.
Make time for Darr @ The Mall if you are a sucker for scarefests. Just don’t peg your expectations too high.