Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 28th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: India, 2003
Director: Pawan Kaul
Cast: Tanisha, Dino Morea, Karan Nath, Gaurav Kapoor, Suvarna Jha, Simone Singh
DVD released: September 22nd, 2006
Approximate running time: 167 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Release: Eros Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Malini and her boyfriend are brutally murdered by a masked killer. Six months later the case remains unsolved and the killer returns via a phone call to Malini’s sister Mehak. Quickly all eyes are on Suraj the new boy in town. The killer continues to stalk Mehak and kills those who are close to her. Stressed and needing a change of location Mehak and a group of her friends go to Thailand. Soon their bliss is disrupted when the killer strikes again. Will Mehak be able to uncover the killers’ identity before she becomes his next victim?
Sssshhh…, is a teen Bollywood horror film that borrows many elements and plot devices used in American horror films. The main Hollywood connection would be with the film Scream since Sssshhh…, uses as its core of its plot a motive for the killings that is very similar to the one used. Even despite these similarities Sssshhh…, still manages to inject enough new and unique twists which keep the film inventive and entertaining tell the very end.
Director Pawan Kaul fills every frame with style and does a solid job building suspense with my favorite moment being the films opening murder sequence. The films’ rather long two hour forty six minute running time does contain many peaks and valleys; still the bulk of the story remains exciting. The scope of this film is enhanced by its two made locations a remote collage campus in the mountains and Thailand. The second half of the film once they arrive in Thailand almost feels like a separate film and the killings are not as impressive. The violence may not be that explicitly graphic still manages to be bloody and gruesome. I really enjoyed the way the directors’ use of flashback and how he through these flashbacks doesn’t give away too much.
Just like any good teen horror film the cast is filled with attractive actors and actresses’. Performance wise the whole cast are more then suitable with the best performance being Dino Morea as Rocky a friend of Mehak who is jealous of her new boyfriend since he has always wanted her. The Rocky character provides the films greatest red herring and most of the success of this diversion has to do with Dino Morea’s performance. Tanisha’s portrayal of the films heroine Mehak is not flawless and yet it works.
All the musical numbers take away from the horror elements of the film as they are only there to further advance the romantic triangle between Mehak and her two suitors Suraj and Rocky. There are a total of four musical numbers with my favorite being the one where they all get down at a locale discothèque. If you can get past its similarities to other teen horror films and have endurance for films epic in time length then you will thoroughly enjoy Sssshhh…, for what is it a film that is nothing more or less then what it pretends to be.
Sssshhh…, is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image looks clean and colors look nicely saturated. If anything some of the darker moments look a tad murky or soft. Overall the source material used is in great shape.
This release comes with a burned in Eros logo that is on display in the top left hand corner of the frame. It is not that large and its never becomes distracting since is it so soft that most times its blends in with the rest of the frame.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Hindi. The mix takes full use of all the speakers as its sound robust and free of any distortion or sound defects. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow. There are a few minor errors that occur in the subtitles, still nothing that ever takes away from the dialog that is being translated.
The only extras to speak of for this release is about two dozen or more previews for other release from Eros Entertainment. The DVD is features forced previews which play before the main menu is displayed. Most players will let you pass these previews by pressing the forward button. Also one minor complaint about the previews is that they are all in Hindi only and no English subtitles have been included.
Eros Entertainment Sssshhh…, DVD while lacking in any extra content related to the film makes up for this slight with its solid audio/video presentation. Sssshhh…, is good place to start if you have never seen a Bollywood horror film before and even if you are already a fan of Bollywood horror you should still thoroughly enjoy this guilty pleasure of celluloid.