Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Juhi Chawla,
Rahul Dev, Honey Chaya
Rangita Pritish Nandy
Samir Uddin (background score)
A young couple, Aakshat and Nirja, comes back from the hurly-burly of the Silicon Valley to set up a quiet residence. After much searching around, they find a lonely bungalow that they love. Aakshat gets busy with his work and Nirja starts pursuing her dream of finding new artists and promoting their work.
As they start settling in their new home, Nirja is often attacked by a fear that shakes her up. It seems that there are unexplainable apparitions that hide in the dark corners of the bungalow. Nirja tries to fight. Aakshat, sensing that Nirja is in trouble, tries to lend a hand. But before he can do anything, Nirja is engulfed by the fear and loses all control. She has to be hospitalized. And then, she figures that the apparitions are not hidden in the bungalow. They are secreted in her mind. The centre of her chaotic struggle is not with a ghost but with her and Aakshat’s relationship. She’s treated and gets better. The mysteries are resolved by the strength of science.
And it is then that Aakshat breaks down. The apparitions re-appear in front of him. But this time, are the apparitions in his head or actually in the bungalow?
Ek Accident is horror in the tradition of The Tenant. It is more a mind game than a blood-fest. Scary and freezing because the fear is immediate and palpable.
I have always enjoyed introducing a new director to millions of Bollywood movie fans and that is why we do this in PNC with unfailing regularity. In many ways it’s the purpose of our existence.
Sujoy Ghosh quit Reuters to make the iconic Jhankaar Beats for us. Saket Chowdhury disowned his first spoof and launched his brilliant career with Pyar Ke Side Effects. Leena Yadav made her debut with Shabd, acclaimed by Ashutosh Gowarikar as one of Bollywood’s finest movies. Suparn Verma made Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, the first Indian movie to be made into a spectacular international version in animation. Last year Chandrakant Kulkarni made his first Hindi movie, Meerabai Not Out which Sony Pictures acquired for the world. And Sachin Khot gave up his career in television and relocated from Indonesia to make Ugly aur Pagli which Shobha De endorsed as one of her favourite funny films.
This year we will introduce four amazing new directors. Leading the pack is Abhijit Chowdhury, the much feted, much celebrated ad film maker and National Award winning director who marks his debut in Bollywood with Ek Accident. Ek Accident is the year’s first horror movie. And our first as well.
It is a genre I have always wanted to explore and almost did six times before. Every time the final script let us down and we opted out because we found it far too predictable. That’s the usual problem with most horror movies. We always know where they go. But this time was different. Arindam Mitra, our series producer for Guerrilla Flicks, the man who put on screen Black Friday, one of my all time favourites, picked up my gauntlet and brought me his script for Ek Accident within ten days of my telling him I wanted to do a somewhat unusual scary movie in the great tradition of The Shining.
The script was so interesting that we decided to go on the floor with it instantly. Abhijit Choudhury took a sabbatical from his many professional commitments to show Bollywood what a classic horror movie should be like. The technical team that was assembled to put together this film was also remarkable. There were five National Award winners, each a major talent in his own right. Angus Hudson came all the way from London to shoot the movie. So did Abhik Mukhopadhyay from Kolkata.
The result is a rich and stunning visual experience, and a new twist to horror itself. You are close to a genre Polanski once described as psychological horror, the first such outing for an Indian movie. The cast is led by Shiney Ahuja, who made his acting debut in our award winning film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, and the stunning Soha Ali Khan. Juhi Chawla, Rahul Dev and Honey Chhaya support them.
The story begins with a successful young NRI couple who relocate from the Silicon Valley in the US to a small town in India to try and rediscover their lives and their relationship. From there the story takes on another twist.
Scripted on a Pusan Promotion Plan and a Ford Foundation grant, Arindam Mitra takes his story not only into the heartland of India but into a space rarely attempted in Indian cinema.
Scary. Beautiful. Clever and path breaking, Ek Accident is what new Indian cinema is all about. Breaking the mould. Finding a new path for itself.
Typically PNC, you might say.