Amavas – India, 2019 – reviews


‘Witness the darkest night like never seen before.’

Amavas – “New Moon” – is a 2019 Indian Hindi supernatural horror feature film directed by Bhushan Patel (Alone; 1920: Evil Returns; Ragini MMS 2) from a screenplay by Aparna Nadig (dialogue) and Tanya Pathak. The Viiking Media Entertainment production stars Sachiin Joshi, Nargis Fakhri and Mona Singh.


The lives of a young couple turn into a nightmare, as dark forces lie in wait beneath the shadows of the haunted mock castle in which they have decided to stay…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …packs in every trope that could possibly evoke a jolt-and-a-half. But each and every scene — from approaching a door with dread to bending over to reveal a dark apparition standing right behind, has been borrowed from some film or the other.” Kunal Guha, Bolly Movie Reviewz

“The film picks up in the last half hour or so, when the rest of the cast assembles for some supernatural hijinks and the body count rises. No great acting chops are required in a film like this, but Nargis Fakhri with her pale make-up and screechy manner of asking daft questions is more frightening than the ghost.” Deepa Gahlot, Cinemaah

” …Mona Singh, playing a therapist, tries hard not to laugh at the goingons. Patel’s film makes for an agonizing watch, worsened by its two-hour-plus runtime. The acting is gorier than the plot, and the writing paler than the faces.” Shilajit Mitra, The New Indian Express

“As far as the horror is concerned, there is nothing to worry about because the ghost is extremely predictable even when it tries to surprise you. While the effects are slick and the ghosts match up to international standards, they cannot save this film from turning into a painful two-hour-long watch.” Reza Noorani, Times of India

Cast and characters:

  • Sachiin Joshi … Karan Ajmera
  • Nargis Fakhri … Ahana
  • Vivan Bhatena … Sameer (Ghost)
  • Mona Singh … Dr Shibani Roy, psychiatrist
  • Ali Asgar … Gotti – servant and  butler
  • Navneet Kaur Dhillon … Maya
  • Sabina Chema
  • Monisha Haseen
  • Tara Devani
  • David Broughton … The doctor

Technical credits:

132 minutes


Amavas was released in India on 8 February 2019.

The film was rated ’15’ by British censorship body the BBFC on 5th February 2019.


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