Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonal Chauhan
Direction: Shantanu & Sheershak
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
STORY: A couple buy a second-hand 3G enabled cellphone in Fiji islands. Their holiday turns into horror when they get a ‘phantom call’, which leads to a series of mysteries – of people more dead than alive.
MOVIE REVIEW: What if the dead were just a phone call away? Probably on your speed dial? Press ‘G’ (for ghosts) and get connected to anyone at 3G speed on the ‘other side of life’. In the ‘no network’ zone, where no ‘App’ in the world can help trace the number of the ‘deadly’ ones. This movie ventures into the supernatural sphere, where spirits wine, dine, ball-dance and make passionate love.
They even horrifyingly haunt until the alive have to turn to the dead to hold on to their dear lives. Sam (Neil) and Sheena (Sonal) are on an unending vacation in the exotic Fiji islands, where he buys a second-hand cell phone (with 3G) to stay connected. One night he wakes up to a terrifyingly freaky video call, which soon becomes a recurring phantom-phenomenon that wrecks havoc.
Their romantic holiday gets ‘possessed’ by series of frantic, fearsome events and fallacies – powered by evils and illusions of the human (and inhuman) psyche. Shantanu and Sheershak’s core idea – that people receive phantom calls which are believed to be spirits trying to connect to our world – is dreadfully shocking, even unbelievable. The story idea can freeze you in fear. Sadly, 3G doesn’t quite do that.
Yes, there are a few scream scenes, paranormal panic, blood-curling (and blood-drinking, really) and phantasmal moments (car crash scene, Sam dancing with the dead and parts of the climax), but eventually it goes ‘out-of-range’ and drags stiffly with the weight of the dead. Along with a series of brutal events, the film is lavished with sinful series of bold kisses (perfectly tongue-in-mouth types), well shot and brave, very brave by Bollywood norm. Neil impresses and lives up once again; he’s better as evil than good. Sonal sizzles in her bikinis, shows spark in some scenes and for the rest of it she wears a faintly shocked expression. With a few chills and fewer thrills, the ‘spirit’ fizzles here, with little left to toast!