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Release Date : 06 March 2009
Year : 2009
Banner : Reliance Big Pictures
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Genre : Horror
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In today's world of unrelenting pressures, challenged survivals and super fast life styles, the major source of Relief, Information and Entertainment is... the TV. So much so, that it has moved up from its modest position of being just another 'house hold appliance' to actually determining the power equation in a family. It is easy to identify the hierarchy in the family depending on who controls the Remote Control. So what happens when the TV realizes this power and begins to take control. What happens when instead of showing you the facts, the TV, begins to show you what it wants you to see. What happens when Manohar, to his great horror, realizes that this is exactly what is happening with his wonderful family, who has just moved into their sweet new home at 13B.


It is Definitely the Wrong Address

By MovieTalkies.com, 05 March 2009 2 / 5

Vikram K Kumar, the writer director of 13B has had an illustrious career, which began as an assistant to Priyadarashan. His latest film, 13B, has been made in Hindi and Tamil, with R Madhavan and Neetu Chandra playing the lead in both versions. The film, which belongs to the horror genre might just about arouse curiousity and generate a tad bit of suspense, but if it's horror that the makers are doling out, then they have definitely got the wrong address. There is nothing in the film which could get one scared; startled maybe. 13B has an interesting premise and towards the climax it does manage to pick up pace. But the overall impact is hardly exciting. The problem with most Hindi horror films is that makers generally go over the top in the manner in which they use the background score, right from the first frame, even before anything horrifying has begun. It continues right up to the point where they build up suspense over every little thing. In this film, for instance, there is an illustrious Bengali film actor called Dhritiman Chatterjee, who plays the role of a blind man, who has a guide dog. As he lives in the same building as Manohar (Madhavan), the protagonist keeps bumping into him. He hardly has any role to talk about. In fact, the dog probably has more to do in the movie. The director just uses this actor as a red herring, as there is no reason for him to be there in the film. This over the top attitude is also evident in the choice of camera angles, specially seen in the first scene. The film revolves around Manohar and his family, who have just moved into their own flat. It is on the 13th floor and the flat number is, 13B. The women of the house, which includes Manohar's wife (Neetu Chandra), his mother (Poonam Dhillon) and his sister in law, spend most of their time in front of the television, catching all the soaps being aired. After a while, strange things start happening in the life of Manohar and his family. It starts with little things gradually, till one day, when Manohar discovers that one of the TV soaps called 'Sab Khairiyat Hai', which is telecast everyday at 1pm in the afternoon, seems to be strangely mirroring everything that is happening in his familoy. It happens in the soap first and then the very same incident is played out in his family. His suspicions get confirmed when his wife has an accident in the kitchen and is admitted to hospital in a serious condition. She suffers a miscarriage and the doctors are unable to diagnose her condition. All of this is shown happening to the wife of the protagonist of the serial as well. It's only after her recovery is shown on the soap that Manohar's wife recovers, much to the surprise of the doctors. Incidentally, the soap is only beamed in Manohar's house. He confides in a friend of his, who is a cop (played by Murali Sharma). The two try to investigate into the matter. They dig up some clues and discover that the family which appears in the soap, was actually bludgeoned to death many years ago. The bunglow, where they lived, used to be on the same spot where the building in which Manohar lives, has now come up. The address of their house was 13B, which is Manohar's flat number. Digging into the past, the two discover a tale of murder and revenge. Manohar needs to unravel the mystery fast if he wants to save his family from a killer who is out on the loose. While the part about the uncanny similarity between the events in the serial being replicated in real life, is a little unsettling, the film loses its bite once the mystery starts to be unraveled. The journey back into the past and the story of the unrequited lover is not sufficiently moving enough. Hence when Sachin Khedekar, the friendly GP, sheds his friendly image, there is not much of a shock. In fact, one is really not drawn into the movie and the plight of its protagonists, except perhaps for Manohar. The problem lies in the manner in which the film has been written. There is little that writer director Vikram can do to retrieve the movie. The music of the film has been composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, who deliver a fairly decent score. The cinematography by PC Sreeram is good. The only thing that keeps the film going is the acting prowess of R Madhavan, with some great support from Murali Sharma. But a Madhavan is not enough to prop the film. He does his best and tries to be as natural as possible. He receives little support from the cast, which includes veteran actress Poonam Dhillon and talented newcomer Neetu Chandra. Deepak Dobriyal is just about OK as the madman, while Sachin Khedekar's character's motives do not appear to be strong enough to warrant such a crime. 13B comes with a tagline saying that 'Fear has a new address. Unfortunately, the film and its treatment do not bear that out. On the whole, a disappointing experience.

Shankar Ehsaan Loy's Music is Engaging Enough

By MovieTalkies.com, 23 February 2009 3 / 5

The name of this film hardly gives any indication of the film's content. Presented by Big Pictures, 13 B has been directed by Vikram K Kumar and is a supernatural thriller by genre. The film's music has been composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and its lyrics have been penned by Neelesh Misra. The movie, which stars Madhavan and Neetu Chandra is a relatively smaller film than the ones Shankar Ehsaan Loy are used to composing for but it has not affected the quality of their composition. While the score may not actually match that of the trio's last effort in Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance, it has some melodious numbers. There are a total of five songs in the movie, each of which has a remix version as well. The album concludes with a theme instrumental. The album begins with the number 'Sab Khairiyat Hai,' which is a relatively short number, but one which is supposedly very crucial to the movie. The number begins harmoniously enough and makes for very pleasant hearing as it is sung by Shankar. But it has a very slow pace which undergoes a change in the remixed version by DJ Gulraj Singh. It is one of those rare instances when a remix surpasses the original. The length of the song is increased in the remix and it acquires a more peppy feel in the musical arrangements and the vocals. The next song in the album, 'Bade Se Shehar Mein'has been sung by Kartik. This is a beautiful number and hats off to Kartik for his clear and melodious rendering. He has a wonderful voice and he allows his vocals full play in the number. But the most memorable part of the song is probably the manner in which it winds up. DJ Shane remixes this number and he excels at his task as he manages to keep the vocals still sounding soulful despite the increase in tempo. There is a feel good quality to this song which is evident in the lyrics as well. There is a profoundly Southern influence which is evident in the next number, 'Aasma Odh Kar' which has been sung by Shankar and Chitra. It is a very pleasant sounding romantic number, buffeted by Neelesh's poetic images. Shankar's dulcet tones are a delight to hear. He is in the good company of Chitra who too is at her melodious best. The remixed version by DJ Gulraj Singh is again better than the original as the background has been heightened with percussion and keyboards coming together to give the number a punch. The item numberish 'O Sexy Mama' brings up the end of the album. This number has been sung by Anushka Manchanda and Baba Sehgal. With this number, we finally come to a chartbusting number in this album. The number has a distinctly different feel to it, much of which is also due to the manner in which Anushka renders the song. She puts in an effortless performance. While it is good to hear Baba, he somehow is no match for Anushka and his performance is not so nuanced. The remix by DJ Shane has been quite well done. The album ends with the 13B theme piece which is purely instrumental and has been composed and produced by Tubby and Parik. It is a five minute long number which quite appropriately brings out the thrill and eerie feel of this supernatural thriller. There is also a brief instrumental version of 'Aasma Odh Kar', in all creating a prefect end to this album. The music of 13B is melodious enough with all the numbers making for very pleasant hearing. One needs to make special mention of the remixed versions and the 'O Sexy Mama' number. The album ends just about perfectly with the instrumental theme. Shankar Ehsaan Loy do a creditable job with the music of 13B. The numbers may not all top the charts but they will definitely engage the listener pleasantly, which should do wonders for the movie.
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songs are really very nice and hope the movie will also very nice
parag goswami, Feb 19, 2009
5 / 5
songs are really very nice and in a horror film UNBELIEVABLE. Let`s hope the film will also very nice and it will succeed to chill down your spines with brilliant performances.Going to be a classic horror movie.


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