In Hollywood, slasher flicks have proved a huge hit among teenagers. Films like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend and Freddy Vs Jason are recent examples of the genre's popularity. In Bollywood, murder mysteries are rare while slasher movies don't really exist.
Earlier this year, Kucch To Hai tried to pass off as the desi version of I Know What You Did Last Summer to disastrous effect. How will Sssshhh... fare?
Let's talk about the cast first.
Sssshhh... marks the debut of Tanuja's younger daughter and Kajol's kid sister, Tanishaa.
Is she good?
In Sssshhh... she plays the victim, Mahek, who lost her father (Nasir Abdullah), then her sister (Simone Singh), to a psychotic serial killer. As in all slasher films, the killer wears a black hooded overcoat; he also wears black boots and carries a razor-sharp knife.
Tanishaa fails to convey Mahek's terror. Her shrieks of horror are akin to the kind one makes while spotting a cockroach as opposed to watching your close friend being murdered.
To help Mahek forget her trauma -- given Tanishaa portrayal, one may well ask 'What trauma?', but let's get on with the story instead -- her friends, Rocky (Dino Morea), Sooraj (Karan Nath), Nikhil (Kushal Punjabi), Gehna (Suvarna Jha), Rajat (Gaurav Kapoor) and Riya (Teena Chaudhry) decide to take a trip to Thailand.
The idea is mooted casually, as if one were making a trip to next-door Khandala.