This Hisss lacks fizz

Directer: Jennifer Lynch
Producer: Govind Menon, Vikram Singh, Ratan Jain, William Sees Keenan
Starring : Malika Sherawat, Divya Dutta,
Priyanka Rawat, Irrfan Khan, Jeff Doucette

MUMBAI: It is a given fact that trespassing into one‘s territory or spoiling one‘s party often leads to violence. But what would creatures do if man violates all norms for his selfish motives? We have heard enough stories of leopards or other animals killing human beings after encroaching into human territory.

Similar is the story of Jeniffer Lynch-directed Hisss. Both the male and the female snake are romancing deep inside the woods, when George States (Jeff Douchette) and his henchmen abduct the male snake, knowing well that the female snake (nagin) would follow. And that is the time when States would bring out the naagmani of the nagin that would make him immortal.

Till here, the film is understandable. What follows is a series of absurdities like the nagin transforming herself into a stunningly beautiful and attractive woman (Mallika Sherawat) who now is on the trail of States. Along the way, she mercilessly kills people who try to rape or harm her. The film goes haywire as the climax arrives and results into a drab affair.

Such stories have a high mythological value for Indians. But unfortunately, this film takes the mythological element away from the story. On the contrary, it tries to capitalise on the snake woman‘s sexy body.

Going by the fact that Jennifer Lynch is the daughter of Oscar-winning director David Lynch and director of films like Boxing Helena and Surveillance, one was curious to see her handle a creature feature to her optimum best, but what comes out is a senseless film.

The screenplay of Lynch is hackneyed with no one able to connect each frame from the other. The director seems clueless about the emotions ichchhadhari snakes evoke in Indians and she seems completely unaware about inter-personal relationships between family members in India. The film is devoid of drama, emotions, comedy or romance. The special effects are just about passable.

After a long time, here is a film where no one needs to perform. Sherawat exposes very boldly and bares her body on several occasions. Irrfan Khan and Divya Dutt are passable.

From the end-result of Hisss, it is clearly evident that in the absence of a good script a good director too becomes incapable. It‘s best to give this disjointed venture a miss for its lack of fizz.

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