Vikram Bhatt might have succeeded in adding the illusion of depth in every frame of Haunted with the modern 3D technology but his story remains hollow.
He might have to his credit India’s first stereoscopic film but unfortunately he can’t evade stereotypes in his storytelling.
The plot is set on the ancient premise of a haunted mansion in a secluded hill-station, which real-estate broker Rehan (Mahaakshay) has come to sell off. Caretaker Ramu kaka is substituted by a ragpicker replacement, whose first words on seeing Rehan is ‘ Tune bahut der kar di aane mein beta ‘. From flickering lights, creaking doors, falling chandelier, old photo-frame, rustic piano, hanging cadaver, shrill screams to an inviting song number as the clock strikes 3, the ghost tries every trick in the trade to make its presence felt. Sadly its attempt lacks new ‘spirit’.