Agyaat – India, 2009

‘Sometimes terror has no form’

Agyaat (Hindi: अज्ञात) is a 2009 Indian horror feature film by Ram Gopal Varma. The movie stars Nitin Kumar Reddy, Gautam Rode, and Priyanka Kothari.

The film was influenced by the 1999 American horror film The Blair Witch Project.

Plot:

A film unit goes for a shoot in a forest, breaks down deep in the jungle, resulting in a four-day delay, the nine member cast and crew of a Bollywood movie, including leading lady, Aasha, and her egoistic co-star, Sharman Kapoor; decide to relax and take an outing with their guide, Setu.

The filmmakers end up at a picturesque spot and decide to spend the night there – not realising they will soon be stalked and brutally killed by a seemingly invincible, unseen and unknown beast and/or an extra-terrestrial entity…

Reviews:

“There’s no way Agyaat isn’t a major career embarrassment for director Ram Gopal Varma, and a possible career stopper for Nisha Kothari.” Mihir Fadnavis, India.com

“It neither thrills nor chills with its repetitive running-for-life sequences and its absolutely infuriating end which offers no explanation whatsoever for the scurrying and screaming.” Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India

“Weird camera angles used wisely, wish background score was used miserly. Nevertheless, the pace and visuals used are well placed to thrill and create curiosity. Alas, the climax is pretty predictable and that takes away a lot from the enjoyment of the film.” Without Giving The Movie Away

Cast and characters:

  • Nitin Kumar Reddy … Sujal
  • Gautam Rode … Sharman
  • Priyanka Kothari … Aasha
  • Ravi Kale … Rakka
  • Ishrat Ali … Moorthy
  • Howard Rosemeyer … JJ
  • Kali Prasad Mukherjee … Shakky
  • Rasika Dugal … Sameera
  • Joy Fernandes … Setu
  • Ishteyak … Laxman

Filming locations:

Shot mostly in the Sigiriya jungle in Sri Lanka with some scenes in the Athirappilly forests in India.

Release:

Agyaat was released on August 7, 2009. It was dubbed and released simultaneously in Telugu as Adavi.

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