Gauri – The Unborn (2007) *HQ*

Mumbai:The two aspects you look forward to in a horror film are(i)The thrills-n-chills should scare the living daylights out of you and (ii)The story should’ve something new to offer. Sure, Gauri-The Unborn has a new story to tell, but the chills-n-thrills dont give you the jitters and jhatkas, barring a scene or two.On the contrary, what you carry home is a socially relevant message: Say No to foeticide.

Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta

Sudeep [Atul Kulkarni], an architect, lives with his wife Roshni [Rituparna Sengupta] and their daughter Shivani [Baby Rushita Pandya].The family decides to go for a holiday to Mauritius, but the daughter insists on going to their ancestral home.The parents agree half-heartedly, but decide to visit the ancestral home nonetheless to keep their daughter happy.But an incident from the past comes back to haunt them.And the unseen force threatens to take their daughter away from them.

Gauri–The Unborn had the potential to work big time, but the screenplay has its limitations.The moment the aatma of the unborn kid swears revenge, you expect the sequence of events that are to follow to give you gooseflesh.But what unfolds is hardly spine chilling. Besides, the pacing slackens in the second hour, which is a deterrent.However, the concluding 20 minutes are the best part of the enterprise.The climax is indeed novel and the end drives home the message effectively.Another aspect that catches the eye is the visual effects, which are skilfully executed and smartly integrated in the narrative.

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