Vikram Bhatt’s latest horror flick 1920 London is the 3rd installment in the 1920 film franchise [1920 (2008) and 1920: Evil Returns (2012)] starring Sharman Joshi & Meera Chopra. While the earlier two films have moderate success at the box office, this one is not better than its predecessors. It seems the director is obsessed with over-sold passé horror elements.
At the start of the film we are introduced with Shivangi (Meera Chopra) and her husband Veer Singh (Vishal Karwal), who belong to some Indian royal families and are happily married and settled in London. Everything seems fine in their lives until Veer receives a locket as gift from Rajasthan, India.
Strange things begin to happen with Veer and Shivangi becomes increasingly worried with his deteriorating physical and mental condition. Convinced, it is black magic done on him, Shivangi decides to seek help of a spiritual healer & guru Jai (Sharman Joshi) who happens to be the ex-lover of her.
The film then shows Shivangi’s past with Jai and how he exorcises to help the possessed man and protect his wife from evil who in turn discovers many shocking truths along the way, forms the rest of the story.
1920 London neither has a good storyline nor has a good execution in terms of onscreen horror. There is hardly any real scare while the narrative tends to drag everything with unnecessary drama and songs that are only distractions.
Just like the Hollywood horror movies are now getting possessed by some dolls, it seems Indian film industry, including Bollywood, is yet to come out of its mythical base with the same old stories of witches and exorcists. I mean how long can we expect to watch a Hindi horror film without any ghostly entity?
Anyways, 1920 London is no horror rather a comical love triangle. If you’ve nothing other to watch or you’ve watched Mr. Bhatt’s earlier flicks, give it a try but don’t expect horror or any jump-scare from this.
Cast: Sharman Joshi as Jai Singh Gujjar, Meera Chopra as Shivangi, Vishal Karwal as Veer Singh, Gajendra Chauhan as Tantrik, Meenal Kapoor as Witch, Sushmita Mukherjee as Kesar Maa
Director: Tinu Suresh Desai
Release: May 6, 2016