A Flat fails to thrill

Producer: Anjum Rizvi
Director: Hemant Madhukar
Music: Bappa Lahiri
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Sanjay Suri, Hazel, Kaveri Jha, Sachin Khedekar

MUMBAI: A Flat, coming from the producer of A Wednesday, created some expectations in the film trade if not yet with the moviegoers. However, the film falls in a totally different genre; it is of supernatural kind, a ghost story.

A Flat works on a script of convenience. Jimmy Shergill starts earning and decides to buy a flat. This while seeking opportunities to move abroad to USA for better prospects! When he does leave for the US, the flat is rented out to his friend, Sanjay Suri.

Jimmy has dumped his girlfriend, Kaveri Jha, for a brighter future in the US. However, Jha is pregnant with his child. Filled with guilt and remorse, Jimmy decides to return and make up with her. His father, Sachin Khedekar, who visits Jimmy’s flat to spruce it for his arrival, is found brutally murdered in his flat and for Jimmy the nightmares turn into real life horror. He gets locked in his own flat and experiences ghost sightings and undergoes all sorts of torment. That is when he comes across a Himachali girl, Hazel’s, diary. Upon reading, he finds that she too has been betrayed and killed in the same place.

The second half is devoted to creating her story as well as creating a villain of the story; sadly this part is weak and fails to justify all that the hero, Shergill, goes through.

Jimmy Shergill does a convincing job throughout. Sanjay Suri is fair. Hazel is too raw for the role. Direction is limited by weak script. Musical score needed at least one haunting number to set the tone of the theme. The background score is effective.

A Flat does not thrill and falls flat on entertainment quotient.

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