Who’s In It?

Reecha Sharma, Rabindra Jha, Lauren Lofberg, Sunny Dhakal

The Basics

A young woman (Reecha Sharma) checks into a boutique hotel in the suburbs of Kirkham, Australia, after a breakup. Along with her ex-boyfriend (Sunny Dhakal) and his current lover (Lauren Lofberg), and a Madhesi illegal immigrant working as the new housekeeper there (Rajendra Jha), she starts to witness and experience strange happenings in the hotel. Things reach fever-pitch and the four of them are left to confront the occurrences on their own.

What’s The Deal?

You have to know this about the film: It was shot at Camelot, an actual haunted mansion in Kirkham, where similar occurrences took place in the late 1940s. So, the film comes cloaked and wrapped in a package of perverse gloom and mortifying death and despair; factors which should have helped the film disseminate its intended terror and gloom to the target audience, but it doesn’t really do that. Instead, it takes the more straightforward route and feeds its audience with labored and clichéd partial character studies that aren’t necessary at all. Yadav, the housekeeper, evokes a tirelessly generalized Madhesi everyman-sketch without really bringing on too many laughs (and his character is supposed to be comic!). Reecha Sharma is poker-faced throughout the film, and even though her character is supposed to be this depressing recently-singled woman, there is no jouissance to her approach to her character. Lauren Lofberg plays Emma and seems to know her horror movies by heart, as she does her best to re-enact scenes from Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead and William Friedkin’s The Exorcist—both vintage cult films. Her character is cold and dark, and we certainly feel her coldness in the scene when she tells her boyfriend that she’s going to leave him and let him be with his ex-girlfriend. But, Lofberg does go over-the-top time and again, and we can’t help but snicker at her at times. Check out her asinine ghoul-dance near the end of the film!

Bottomline

Sunkesari has a decent Gothic central-plot, it’s a twisted story of vengeance and the horrors of love and relationships as much as it is a ghost story. It plays on the theme of what extremes one can go to, to avenge infidelity and defeatedly preserve the dreaded familial ennui. Death is omnipresent in the film, and the unsettling opening sequence promises a dark ride, but the movie just can’t seem to kick into second gear and is left to wallow in its very own unappealing mirth. Sunkesari doesn’t get to properly explore its darker side due to choppy and lazy editing and acting, and ends-up as just another average horror film with plenty of jump-scares, and if that’s what piques your senses, you are assured maximum satisfaction. If you’re seeking a clever horror film that tests your intelligence from time to time, Sunkesari just doesn’t cut it  and your salary will depend on the airlines. Including salary and other allowances, it may add up to Rs.25,000 – 75,000 or more per month. Senior air hostesses in Air India or Indian Airlines get Rs.100,000 per month. Senior air hostesses with foreign airlines get Rs.200,000 or more a month in Indian currency. While the money scene is any day better in international airlines, as an air hostess, you could earn a minimum of Rs.50,000 per month if you're working with a reputed airline.