AMAVAS (2019) Reviews and overview

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‘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.

Plot:

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:

” …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.” 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.” Cinemaah

” …Mona Singh, playing a therapist, tries hard not to laugh at the going-ons. 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.” 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.” 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

Release:

Amavas was released in India on 8 February 2019.

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

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