A psychiatrist’s life changes for the worse when she starts to help a new patient battling some inner demons in the horror film from India – Let’s Talk About “It”.
Whilst we do get a decent amount of films to review from India, we don’t usually get Indian horror movies, which is a shame as I feel some fantastic horror could be created there. Now, thanks to Kshitij Sharma, I was able to cast my critical eye over the new Indian horror movie Let’s Talk About “It”.
Dr. Kavita Mukherjee (Deeya Day) is a young and successful psychiatrist who lives alone in an apartment and has a successful practice in Delhi. We start the movie with a humourous scene in which Kavita is seeing a patient who has an issue with Facebook. His rant is fast and he has a point regarding how the social media website is full of people sprouting garbage. Funnily enough, the scene for me was reminiscent of the opening scene in The Social Network, with the pub being replaced by a doctor’s office and, as you will be aware, that film was about Facebook too and how it was created.
All is fine for Kavita, until a man called Virat (played by Kshitij Sharma) turns up at the practice and demands an appointment immediately. He tells the psychiatrist that he is having problems at home and that all his fixtures and fittings have broken and died in the past week. He is sent away with some tablets to help him sleep and some advise.
Soon though, Kavita starts to experience strange occurrences herself and her obsession with trying to help Virat, who is now seeing a man who isn’t there, takes over her life. Obviously I don’t want to spoil the film for anyone, so we’ll leave the story there.
Kshitij Sharma takes up many roles in the production of Let’s Talk About “It”; he was the director, writer, producer and, as aforementioned, star. He has done really well and does manage to create some scenes of tension and dread throughout the piece, but it is often mixed with some intentional (and some unintentional) comedy.
Now, many horror films do add a sense of comedy to catch the audience off guard – one minute you’re laughing and then one minute you’re screaming, creating a sort of rollercoaster of emotions. Sharma opts for the same trick here, but I’d say that the comedy moments are on par with the horror for screen time, which can be a little confusing. Like I said, Sharma direction works best when he is building up a feeling of dread and that should have took centre stage.
For the most part, the score for Let’s Talk About “It” is excellent and fits the mood, but then, out-of-the-blue, we get to hear the nursery rhyme Have You Seen The Muffin Man playing on the doctor’s iPod docking station and then the Christmas carol Silent Night. I found that music choice odd but it did make me smile.
For me, the best element was the acting; Kshitij Sharma did a fantastic job as the troubled Virat and Deeya Day is a sensation as Kavita. Anoma Pabuwal and Siddhant Shekhar also do great in their comedic supporting roles.
Made for just $1800, Let’s Talk About “It” is a valiant effort that gets many thing right, which includes great performances and dialogue that seems natural and not forced. I’d like to see Sharma and co return to this story at some point when a bigger budget is presented to them.
Let’s Talk About “It” is a decent horror film from India and although it does have its limitations, Sharma and company should be commended for creating a feature with little money and a tonne of passion.