‘Alone’ is a remake of a 2007 Thai film and while the idea of a horror film about conjoined twins sound like a catchy one-line pitch, the execution is so by-the- book that its devoid of any real chills and thrills.
Director Bhushan Patel moves from one haunted house in ‘Ragini MMS 2’ to another one in ‘Alone’. The setting is now a backwater-hugging old Kerala house with a dark secret buried in the adjoining outhouse.
Sanjana (Bipasha Basu) is the surviving half of conjoined twins. Anjana died on the operating table during a surgery to separate the two sisters.
When her mother has a bizarre accident, Sanjana and her husband Kabir (Karan Singh Grover) go down to Kerala to take care of things. Their arrival sets off a chain of disturbing and supernatural activities. The spirit of a jealous and betrayed Anjaana is believed to be haunting the house, and Sanjana in particular.
A squeaky swing in the front garden, ominous background music accompanying the sound of footsteps, musical swells indicating imminent danger, a pet that picks up a deathly scent and a barely-dressed Basu undergoing an exorcism – ‘Alone’ is a catalogue of horror film staples. This also includes supporting cast members such as Zakir Hussain (‘Vaastu Shastra’, ‘Phoonk’) as a psychiatrist and healer.
There is a twist in the tale, which is easy to pick up quite early on. The visual of the deformed dead sister may send a shiver at first sighting but thereafter the scares are simply repetitive. And once the twist is exposed, the proceedings just seem overcooked. What the film lacks in acting chops (Grover needs to build his acting skills and not just his six-pack) and chills, the director tries to make up for with se** songs and skimpy outfits. We have seen Basu do this too often now (‘Raaz 2’, ‘Aatma’, ‘Creature’). There are no surprising skeletons left in her fashionable closet.