Raat (1992)

Ram Gopal Varma - Director / Srinivasa Murthy - Music

N/A - Lyrics / Running time: 2 hours 7 minutes

Own it!

It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the air is getting a bit chilly, and the mind turns to evil deeds. What's it going to be this time?

I decided to do another scary movie for the Halloween season. I actually picked this one up for last year's special, but couldn't get to it due to time constraints. I hate to leave anyone out, so here we are giving it the attention that it should have had back then!

Raat (trans: "night") is nothing particularly revolutionary in terms of filmmaking. It's not bad (I've seen far, far worse in fact) but it's nothing I haven't seen before. There were a few good moments of unease, but the majority of the time I was just amused by how the Foley artists really went over the top while working on this picture! Also of note in that department, the recording of the movie I have on DVD has an interesting flaw in the audio (at least I am assuming it is a flaw). It seems at all times like one can hear a steady repetitive mechanical sound. It's almost as if we can hear the reels on the recording equipment as the sound effects were recorded. I'm not saying that's definitely what it is, but that's the first thing I thought of.

There are two repeat performers in this movie! First up is Om Puri, seen here at Army of Monkeys in Disco Dancer as David Brown the super-powered disco dancer manager (you might also consider that movie as a horror movie, but for completely different reasons), and Gupt as the trigger-happy supercop Udham Singh.

Also with us again is Akash Khurana, who has been seen in Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja as D'souza or D'silva, depending on who you ask. He's got a larger role this time, so do keep an eye out for him.

A special note here about the young actor playing the role of Bunty, "Master" Ateet. This kid looks like a drunken middle-aged man in almost every shot. That might sound weird, but I'll do my best to make sure you see this resemblance. Every shot he's in looks like it's been the longest day of his life, and he's coming off of a steep bender.

For this outing, we have on the roster:

Manisha Sharma (Revathi) - A young college student who discovers there is something strange about her new home. She usually goes by the nickname "Mini."
Shalini Sharma (Rohini Hattangadi) - Mini's mother. She's a little quicker to believe that there's something afoot in the house, and goes through the spiritual route to solve the problem.
Mr. Sharma (Akash Khurana) - Mini's father. He's a bit skeptical about his wife's claims that the house is haunted, and takes a more practical approach to settling the matter.
Deepak (Kushant) - Mini's new boyfriend. They're at the "getting to know you" stage and things haven't become too serious yet. He might regret getting involved with Mini before this is over.
Sharji (Om Puri) - A holy man with some experience in this type of case. He is called upon late (late, late) in the film to come and check things out.
Rashmi (Jaya Mathur) - Mini's best friend and neighbor. She seems to be fairly well-adjusted, but her grandmother has a few tales to tell about what happened in Mini's house.
Bunty (Master Ateet) - Mini's nephew and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sharma. Bunty's parents were killed in an accident prior to the events of this film, and he lives with the rest of the family.
Old Lady (Nirmalamma) - Rashmi's grandmother and has something of a peeping problem. She's wise to the happenings in the Sharma house, but will she speak while she still has the chance?

When your girlfriend's eyes change color and she tries to strangle you, it's probably time to move on with your life.

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