Shaitan is a Hindi Thriller film, directed by Bejoy Nambiar starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiya , Shiv Pandit, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari, Rajit Kapoor, Pawan Malhotra and Raj Kumar Yadav. The film released on June 10, 2011.
Debutant director Bejoy Nambiar has an impressive grip on the material and his relatively unknown cast.
Like a composer conducting an orchestra, he expertly builds up the tension. There are some terrific sequences, including a car accident and an action sequence cut to the beat of a remixed Khoya Khoya Chand.
The performances, especially by Neil Bhoopalam as Zubin, Gulshan Devaiya as Karan and Shiv Pandit as Dash, are strong.
What helps the film a great deal are the performances.
Khandelwal and Raj Kumar Yadav are reliably terrific. Koechlin is an increasingly striking actress we desperately need to see unburdened by a nightmare character. Shiv Pandit shows an interesting, seething screen presence, Neil Bhoopalam fumbles adequately, but it is Devaiya's Karan Choudhary who lives out on a limb and leads this bunch by the scruffs of their necks. KC And The Moonshine Band.
The humor is dark, the men are darker, the women even more frightening. Do we actually care about any of them? Not an ounce.
Shaitan is the handiwork of some truly talented technicians - the cinematography is cutting edge (R Madhi), editing sharp (Sreekar Prasad), the background score outstanding (Ranjit Barot), the script racy (Nambiar, Megha Ramaswamy and Abhijeet Deshpande), and the casting brilliant.
Shaitan may or may not be the best thing to happen to Hindi cinema, and reactions to the film will probably differ. But whether you hate, love or are left indifferent by it, give it a shot. Mainly because it's made by a filmmaker with a unique voice. Most don't have any.