Shaitaan movie review: Horribly Frightening & Terrifically Engaging

Shaitaan movie review: Horribly Frightening & Terrifically Engaging

Shaitaan movie review: Horribly Frightening & Terrifically Engaging

What: Shaitaan – starring Ajay Devgn, R. Madhavan, Jyotika and Janki Bodiwala, the remake of the Gujarati money spinner Vash is a horribly frightening horror film with the sense of unthinkable danger. This one will give you goose bumps.

Shaitaan movie synopsis

Kabir (Ajay Devgn) has a happy family. A loving wife played by Jyotika and their two kids – eight-year-old Dhurv (Anngad Raaj) and teenage daughter Janvi (Janki Bodiwala). On their way to vacation, a powerful sorcerer played by R. Madhavan befriends them and manages to enter their farm house. The evil sorcerer has casted his black magic on Janvi and she is behaving strangely and obeying every shocking command of the sorcerer like slapping her father, herself etc.

Kabir has to protect his family from the evil sorcerer. What is the demand of the evil sorcerer? Who is this evil sorcerer? How will Kabir fight back?


Shaitaan movie review

Based on the Gujarati supernatural horror Vash by Krishnadev Yagnik, the Indian adaptation by director Vikas Bahl and screenwriter Aamil Keeyan Khan, Shaitaan is a chilling horror that grips you right from the start and leaves you only after providing enough Goosebumps.

Vikas Bahl and Aamil Keeyam do exactly what the doctor’s ordered and give us a horror that has the eerie atmosphere, fabulously designed thrills and chills, brilliantly executed shots that involve black magic and supernatural elements. Sudhakar Reddy’s excellent camerawork and Sandeep Francis editing power this horror marvellously.

Yes, Shaitaan explores black magic, dark sinister practices and you can take your stand whether you believe in them or not.

And Shaitaan sees some top-notch performance and it is the movie’s equally important highlight.

Though the movie has flaws and at times things happen to suit the narrative plus I personally wanted to know about the back story of the sorcerer.

Anyways, in spite of such flaws, it cannot be denied that Shaitaan is solid horror to come after a long time.


R. Madhavan is a terror on roll. What menace, and with such incredible ease. Entering a zone which is not that familiar, R. Madhavan stands out and calls the shot in his career’s most ‘deadly’ performance till date.

Ajay Devgn is excellent. Showing varied emotions as loving father and a parent in shock and fear when danger looms over his family.

Jyotika is outstanding as the mother who is not willing to give up to the evil demands of the sorcerer.

Janki Bodiwala who stole the show in the Guajarati original Vash, here in the Hindi version excels as well.

Anngad Raaj as Dhruv is so cute

Shaitaan – final words

Shaitaan is a treat for horror fans. One of the finest supernatural horror with black magic elements to emerge on Bollywood big screen after a long time. Shaitaan also sees R. Madhavan in a never before avatar and Ajay Devgn in crackling form.

Going with a deserving four stars


Rating : 4/5

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