Ab Kya Hoga
India 1977
Directed by Sawan Kumar.

Ram (Shatrughan Sinha) is a highly successful businessman with an international company (at least we assume as much, given his luxurious mansion and his awesome office with a map of the world behind it). A trip to his friend Rajesh's wedding goes bad, however, when he encounters a strange woman on the train who says they met in a previous life. Soon, her ghostly presence is with him everywhere he goes, and she wanders the woods, shrouded in mist, singing, "My virginity anxiously awaits for thee." It's creepy, but sort of hard to resist.

Ram resists quite easily, though, when he discovers the ghostly apparition wishes to reunite with him by ending his life. She tries singing him off a cliff or into a den of snakes at every opportunity. His mom sets him up for a marriage with someone else, a young girl named Chitralekha (Neetu Singh), and he agrees without even a glance at the woman his mother has chosen. And so it is only after the marriage that he realizes with dismay his new wife is the very same woman driving him to his death. D'oh! They try visiting a psychologist, a holy man, and a lot of praying to the statue of Sai Baba in his house, to no avail. The last twenty minutes are pretty fun, when Ram finally figures it all out and fights back against his destroyers, but the lead up reeks of "been there, done that," and offers nothing new to the "ghost woman" genre. It's too bad, as the opening credits -- all cobwebs and colored smoke with a jazzy trumpets and echo guitar instrumental track, held a lot of promise. But afterwards, only the themesong "Ab Kya Hoga" is ok but otherwise the music becomes as unexceptional as the storyline.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 22, 2005.

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