1920 London: Dharmendra Suresh Desai’s Dark Horror
1920 London: Film Details
Director: Dharmendra Suresh Desai
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Shivangi (Meera Chopra) lives in London with her husband Veer Singh (Vishal Karwal). One day, he receives a gift from Rajasthan. From then, strange things happen with Veer and his condition deteriorates. Shivangi, thinking that this is because of black magic, goes to Rajasthan and finds Jai (Sharman Joshi), an exorcist and begs for help. Jai help Shivangi and her possessed husband from the evil spirit forms the crux of the story.
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Demonic possession with black magic undertones. 1920 London pays homage to the classic demonic possession films through Indian folklore and culture, that can instantly make it an Indian cult classic. Such films that are, seemingly, an inspiration, are “The Exorcist”, “The Conjuring”, and “Crimson Peak”.
A young couple, Shivangi and Veer, marries and experiences the joys of life together. They are in matrimonial bliss. All of this happiness is disturbed when Veer is awaken in the middle of the night by weird sounds. Sounds of a child’s laughter. He follows the sounds, in which he witnesses unexplainable things happen. When he thinks nothing of it and returns to bed, his body is abducted by a ghost. What pursues is Veer experiencing painful body spasms. The doctor concludes that he is suffering from a rare disease condition that only affects 1 in 1,000 people. However, Shivangi discovers other startling happenings, such as hair loss and maggots eating at Veer’s flesh.
In a town, a group of people stands by, talking. I assume it’s about what’s happening to Veer, as one of the men displays a portrait of Veer. He says a ritualistic chant that makes the murder of crows in the village act out of normal behavior. He walks up to a portal and is snatched by a woman and thrown back out. I’m assuming this could be the evil spirit that is possessing Veer.
In a different village, a woman, who is possessed by an evil spirit, is visited by Jai, an exorcist. He proceeds to drive the evil spirit out of the young woman through exorcism but fails. After a dramatic struggle, he eventually manages to cleanse the woman’s body of the evil spirit.
Jai, shockingly, has connections to Shivangi. He reminisces a time when they were once in love, but she betrayed him. Now, she comes to him for help. He obliges, and they return to her home to see Veer in even more critical condition. Jai proposes that the possession has something to do with black magic, and they begin the process to drive the evil spirit out. Intense, the dramatic struggle ensues.
The storyline and plot for 1920 London are very good. Equipped with beautiful musical scores throughout, and ambient, erotic, and romantic undertones., that sends you into a dreamscape The film can be very personal at times. The musical score is romantic, sensual, dramatic, and beautiful.
The language in 1920 London is dominant Indian with some English here and there. However, there was no option for English subtitles. This made it difficult to understand what was essentially going on through the dialogue.
The cinematography and lighting effects were decent, but a bit hazy and fluorescent at times.
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