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Vaastu Shastra: A spooky trip
23rd Oct 2004  13.57 IST
By Nitika Desai  


Life of a happily married couple is thrown into turbulence after they move into their new house that is haunted by spirits. Vaastu Shastra , starring Sushmita Sen and Chakravarthy is a spooky thriller punctuated with eerie silences and dark spaces.

Although the basic plot of Vaastu Shastra is quite hackneyed - a family moving into a haunted house - what sets the movie apart from other similar ones is the way director Sourabh Usha Narang creates an eerie atmosphere with excellent cinematography and sound effects.



A Ram Gopal Varma co-production, the movie is directed by Sourabh Usha Narang.

The makers of the film have promoted it as a film scarier than Bhoot . It is partly true because Vaastu Shastra does spook you in a different way, but it is also outstretched at certain places.

The strength of Vaastu Shastra does not lie in its story, but in the way it has been presented - punctuated with silences and dark spaces. The subconscious mind tends to have more fear of the unseen than the seen, and the director utilizes this point to scare his audience.

Sushmita Sen impresses with her brilliant portrayal of a protective mother, who is modern enough not to believe in ghosts, but vulnerable enough to be haunted. But the real star of the movie is the child artist Ahsaas Chana who, despite his age, has given a performance replete with controlled facial expressions and subtle movements.

On the whole, Vaastu Shastra is not so much spooky coz of its story but its eerie silences, its spine-chilling milieu and unexpected twists that take you on a ghostly trip and leave you with a cold and creepy feeling by the time you walk out of the theatre.





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