The horrex (horror – sex) genre has been picking up steam of late with multiple films catering to this segment. Bhushan Patel’s Alone is the story of Sanjana (Bipasha Basu) who is forced to return to Kerala with her husband Kabir (Karan Singh Grover) after her mother meets with an accident. When Sanjana, the survivor between conjoined twins comes home after years, she is thrown face first into her old life which is both painful and haunting. In fact Sanjana’s return not just brings back distant memories, but it seems as if it also brought back her twin sister Anjana’s (Bipasha Basu) spirit whose presence is felt only by her. Continuing the déjà vu scenario, Sanjana shares her plight with Kabir but he believes that it is merely love for her sister and the guilt of losing Anjana that is leading to these hallucinations. However, these delusions soon grow into spine tingling incidents bringing Sanjana at the verge of a breakdown. Kabir takes help from his psychiatrist friend Namit only to realize that it is rather beyond science. Is the existence of Anjana’s spirit real or it is just a figment of Sanjana’s fervent guilt loaded imagination, is what forms the rest of the story…
The story is beautifully written with a superior plot but the film was wrongly executued. Bhushan Patel’s Alone fits that bill perfectly of an error in execution. You’re told to believe in ‘suspension of disbelief’ and you’re, like okay, I’ll try, and then comes a ghost who personifies ‘true love’ and can make love as if the thirst will never be satisfied. The promos of Alone promised horror garnished with ample sexual moments. Bhushan Patel’s last film RAGINI MMS 2 didn’t disappoint as far as the steamy-quotient is concerned but in Alone there’s absolutely no physical intimacy in the first half, while the second half does have its share of voluptuous kissing scenes, it’s no match on what was promised by the promos. Even the horror scenes aren’t any different or more horrifying from what you’ve seen in movies of this genre in the past. Alone is an adaptation of a Thai film by the same name. One needs to see the original to understand what different element did Bhushan Patel try and incorporate in his version. As an audience you’re left astonished as to why should you be taken on such an disbelievingly stupid journey in the first place. The story of the conjoined sisters and their tryst with Love leaves a weird after taste.
In this badly made film Bipasha Basu is the saving grace of in a dead story. She smoulders with her erotic appeal, holds her own nicely in emotional, dramatic and romantic scenes. She’s without a doubt a fantastic kisser, as she didn’t hold anything back. She deserves more engaging stories to display her acting ability and aura . Karan Singh Grover makes a energetic debut. He is high on emotional appeal. He has all the frills of being a star but he needs to choose his films more intelligently. The Music is one of the highlights of the film ‘Katra Katra’ by Ankit Tiwari is extremely soulful and saucily picturised. ‘Awara’ by Mithoon and ‘Chaand Asmanon Se Lapata’ by Jeet Ganguly are wonderful tracks. Prakash Kutty’s cinematography is excellent when it comes to shooting the songs but the dull lighting incorporated to highlight the horror mode dampens proceedings to an extent. Devendra Murdeshwar’s editing is completely sloppy. The locations in Kerala are astoundingly beautiful and the big highlight of the film. VFX are decent but there’s nothing unexpected that stays in your mind. Watch ALONE for Bipasha basu’s superb performance and the sizzle which both Bipasha Basu & Karan Singh Grover bring to the story!
Rating: 5/10 | 2.5 Stars