Subhash K Jha: ‘Accident On Hill Road’ is road rage in all its gory splendour

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There’s a man stuck on your windshield! You want to scream to Celina Jaitly. But gosh, she does so much of that screaming thing herself you don’t really want to add to the din in this gory tale of the raat.

In fact ‘Raat aur bahut sara din’ could well be the title of this noisy shiver giver adapted from a b-grade Hollywood horror flick.

Celina Jaitly, spilling oomph all over as though it were running out of passion and fashion, is the curvaceous backbone of this being-bad-is-good upturned morality-tale. After having knocked down a poor pedestrian (Farouq Shaikh) who spends the rest of movie stuck to the lady’s windshield (talk about extra bagagge!), the nurse (ironically in a profession that fosters healing and nurturing) spends frantic time trying to find ways to get rid of the writhing man.

Agony is the film’s main ecstacy. This genre of horror cinema revels in creating acute discomfort and gruesome circumstances for the characters to a point where the audience is actually supposed to enjoy the ceaseless chill spill.

Accident On Hill Road is road rage in all its gory splendour, committed to creating a string of incidents that suggest a vicarious mayhem. Debutant direct Mahesh Nair lets loose an eyecatching binge of blood and gore.

This is Celina’s first real opportunity to sink her teeth into an author-backed role. She gets into her meaty role although very often she is intended to be the meat.

Meet her man ka meet and tan ka meat – a drug-peddlar named Sid, playing with menacing aggressiveness by Abimanyu Singh. What happened to all the noble evil-warring heroes of our films? Sid is so immoral he makes Mogambo look like a cartoon hero.

After Wake Up Sid, this is ‘Shake-up Sid’!

Accident On Hill Road leaves you shaken by its gore-quotient. But not quite stirred. The original Hollwood b-grader Stuck probably describes not just the physical state of the accident victim but also the the psychological condition of the audience.

This Accidentcould’ve been avoided. Since it has has occurred and with screeching tyres (none of them around Celina’s waist) it might as well be borne. It’s fun to see Celina and Abhimanyu playing a voluptuous-immoral nurse and a zonked-out sexually-aggressive drug dealer. This pair is totally freed of moral obligations.

Free idiots.

Rating: **

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