Kaali Khuhi full Review, Cast & Trailer HD

Kaali Khuhi full Review

STORY: Darshan (Satyadeep Misra) and his wife Priya (Sanjeeda Sheikh), along with their daughter Shivangi (Riva Arora), are off to an unspecified village in Punjab to check on Darshan’s ailing mother. Upon reaching – almost immediately – Shivangi and Priya start to experience paranormal activities. And their relatives-cum-next door neighbours are reluctant to visit them as they are convinced the house is cursed. What’s the hubbub all about?

REVIEW: The theme and intent of ‘Kaali Khuhi’ (translation: The Black Well) is clear as crystal: there’s an abandoned, sealed well that is home to evil spirits with a dark history of its own and – for the sake of sanity and survival – it needs to be left alone. But, one fateful night, a naïve villager cracks open the lid and the spirits make their way back into the village, especially a little girl who hitchhikes to Darshan’s place on a bicycle. The old woman, oblivious to the mayhem that’s about to unleash on her and the family, welcomes the drenched girl thinking she has lost her way and must reunite with her parents. Little did she know that this unexpected visitor is no damsel in distress and it is her who needs saving; Dadi (Leela Samson) faints and falls seriously ill once she learns about the true identity of the spirit. Despite the constant bickering and a clearly strained relationship with her mother-in-law, Priya tags along only to realise that her husband doesn’t plan on leaving and the evil entities dwelling at the top floor of their family home wouldn’t let them stay. What’s the back story? And what does the spirit want?

Co-written and directed by Terrie Samundra, ‘Kaali Khuhi’ picks up the alarming issue of female infanticide in India, which, unfortunately, exists even to this day in some parts of the country. The hamlet in Punjab remains nameless throughout the film and can be considered as a metaphor to emphasise on the fact that this pressing problem is not confined to one geographical territory – female infanticide and female foeticide are widespread and that’s the message Samundra & Co are trying to send out. Thought-provoking!

But the real hindrance in the narrative comes in the form of pace (or the lack of it) and how this well-meaning story is executed. We are left scratching our heads for most part of the movie for two reasons: A) The diegesis moves at a painfully slow pace, and B) In an attempt to lay out a balanced narrative, the makers sort of lose the plot altogether. Without giving out any spoilers, we would like to talk about the three old women in the village, who carried forward some of these age-old beliefs… Yes, ‘Kaali Khuhi’ wants to portray that a certain breed of women mourn the arrival of a girl child and that that mentality is not restricted to just men. But, with only one Satyadeep Misra on screen, how is that a fair and balanced portrayal of this complex phenomenon? The dialogues are clear-cut and everything is spelt out, leaving very little to the viewers’ imagination. Also, ‘Kaali Khuhi’ is not your typical jumbscare prenatural drama – other than a few mirror reflections and a couple of passing shadows, there is nothing in this socially-relevant movie that scares the dear life out of you.

As the ‘nai pidhi’ and torchbearer of change, Riva Arora, as Shivangi, delivers a performance that manages to keep you invested in the story… however confusing. Rose Rathod plays the little girl next door and renders the much-needed innocence to this otherwise grim story. Sanjeeda Sheikh is the headstrong ‘aaj ki naari’ Priya, who calls out her mother-in-law’s dated beliefs while tackling other problems head-on; the actress is impactful in her depiction of the distressed matriarch. Satyadeep Misra’s only job in ‘Kaali Khuhi’ is to be a bigoted man and he does so with ease. Shabana Azmi is unarguably the show-stealer and, as Satya Masi, she personifies rebellion against bogus social customs.

Daniel B. George’s music heightens the eerie factor of the film in intense scenes. It could have gone either way had it not been for his sinister soundtrack.

‘Kaali Khuhi’ has its heart at the right place but its execution is insipid and often perplexing.

Directed byTerrie Samundra
Produced byRamon Chibb
Anku Pandey
Written byTerrie Samundra
David Walter Lech
Rupinder Inderjit
StarringShabana Azmi
Sanjeeda Sheikh
Riva Arora
Satyadeep Mishra
Leela Samson
Music byDaniel B.George
CinematographySejal Shah
Edited bySanyukta Kaza
Manomay Motion Picture
Distributed byNetflix
Release date30 October 2020

Kaali Khuhi full Cast

  • Shabana Azmi as Satya Maasi
  • Sanjeeda Sheikh as Priya
  • Riva Arora as Shivangi
  • Satyadeep Mishra as Darshan
  • Leela Samson as Dadi
  • Hetvi Bhanushali
  • Rose Rathore
  • Samuel John
  • Pooja Sharma as Young Satya
  • Jatinder Kaur
  • Sukhwinder Virk
  • Tejinder Kour
  • Amita Sharma as Young Dadi
  • Satnam Singh
  • Chand Rani

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