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Anupama Chopra reviews: Apartment

Apartment is a bargain basement remake of Barbet Schroeder

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST


Anupama Chopra reviews: Apartment
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  • Cast:
    Rohit Roy, Tanushree Datta, Neetu Chandra, Anupam Kher, Bobby Darling, Jagmohan Mundhra
  • Director:
    Jagmohan Mundhra
  • Music:
    Bappi Lahiri
Apartment is a bargain basement remake of Barbet Schroeder?s 1992 thriller Single White Female.

Like Single White Female, Apartment is also about a young, working woman who takes in a roommate after throwing out her live-in boyfriend because he is unfaithful to her.

Actually in Apartment, he isn?t even unfaithful. Preeti, played by Tanushree Dutta, happens to walk into the house when a model in too-tight clothes is wiping her cleavage with her boyfriend?s cooking apron. But the room mate who replaces him turns out to be a bad, bad bargain.

The mentally unhinged girl slowly usurps everyone?s life and even resorts to murder.

Single White Female wasn?t a great film but Barbet created a palpable creepiness. Jennifer Jason Leigh was terrific as a woman so nasty that she first seduces her roommate?s lover by pretending to be her and then kills him by slamming her stiletto into his eye.

No such luck in Apartment, in which we?ve got Neetu Chandra as Neha, a woman who suffers from, we are told, bipolar schizophrenia. No such condition exists. You can either have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia or schizo-effective disorder, which combines features of both. But of course director Jagmohan Mundhra isn?t looking for factual accuracy here.

He only wants to create a somewhat titillating, suspense thriller. But he doesn?t even manage that because there is no suspense.

In the second scene, we are told that Neha is unhinged. So there is no build-up or shock as Neha connives and wrecks Preeti?s life. There?s only Neetu Chandra making her eyes wider and wider until she looks like she?s about to explode.

The acting is abysmal. The production values are tacky. And the writing is laugh-out-loud funny.

At one point, Preeti?s friend is giving her advice on men and love. ?You want faithful?, she says, get a dog. I?m going to steal that line. You want a thriller. Rent a DVD instead. Venture into this apartment at your own risk.
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