Khamoshiyan (English: Silences) is a 2015 Indian romantic horror film,
Vikram Bhatt and directed by debutant, Karan Darra. Mahesh
Mukesh Bhatt produced the film in association with Vishesh
The film stars Gurmeet Choudhary,
Ali Fazal and
Sapna Pabbi in lead
roles. Initially, the film was scheduled for release on 23 January
2015 but was postponed to 30 January 2015.
4.1 Track listing
5 Critical response
6 Awards and nominations
8 External links
Kabir (Ali Fazal), is a novelist, whose failed career and relationship
with Simran (Debina Bonnerjee) force him to move to
Kashmir in search
of an inspirational story. In Kashmir, Kabir stops at a guest house
run by the beautiful but mysterious lady Meera (Sapna Pabbi). Meera is
married to Jaidev (Gurmeet Chaudhary), who is confined to his bed. On
his first night at the guest house, Kabir begins seeing strange
apparitions. He also becomes attracted towards Meera. Meera, who is
also falling for Kabir, refuses to go with him. Kabir finds out that
Meera has not been out of the house for two years.
Kabir, now in love with Meera, tries to take her away from the house.
While driving away, an evil force comes before their car and they meet
with an accident. Curious, Kabir calls a tantrik after drugging Meera.
The tantrik discovers an evil spirit in the house which attacks them.
He claims that the spirit is of Jaidev, who is dead. Realization dawns
upon Kabir, and he recalls Meera speaking on the phone in a man's
voice and never seeing Jaidev in person. Kabir sneaks into Jaidev's
room, only to find Jaidev sleeping. Furious with Kabir, Meera tells
him to leave.
Kabir later returns to confront Meera. She reveals that she was
involved in a hit and run case two years back and to evade
imprisonment, she ran away to a small town in Kashmir, where she met
Jaidev, a rich industrialist. She fell in love with him and they soon
got married. One night Meera saw Jaidev performing a ritual slaughter
and praying to the devil. Scared and shocked, Meera tried to run away
but she was caught by Jaidev. In a struggle to stop her, Jaidev fell
from the balcony and was paralyzed below the waist. Meera destroys the
jars of captured butterflies in the basement and Jaidev gets
crestfallen after seeing the butterflies being freed. Later Jaidev
committed suicide and left a letter for Meera, mentioning that she
will have to live in the house forever with his soul, and if she ever
tried to run away, his lawyer was instructed to open a letter upon
news of his disappearance, which will detail that Meera has killed him
and was the culprit in the hit and run. Meera had to stay in the house
with Jaidev's soul and delude the world that her husband is alive.
Kabir decides to steal the letter from the lawyer's office, however,
he finds that there was no lawyer and Jaidev was bluffing. On knowing
Jaidev's lie, Meera and Kabir plan to cremate Jaidev's body and set
his spirit to rest. While they cremate his body, a laugh echoes in one
of the rooms inside the house, and Jaidev smiles in a painting
sadistically. To their surprise, Jaidev returns to haunt Meera and
captures her in the painting. Kabir goes to the tantrik for help, who
it turns out is also a spirit. The tantrik tells Kabir that the
painting is merely a portal to the world of spirits. He gives Kabir
holy water to spray on Jaidev and informs him that he doesn't have
long to save Meera. The captured butterfly is freed and its blood
spills on a painting of two wolves. Kabir gets injured on his wrist
and kills one wolf while the other retreats and its blood spills on a
painting of a zombie. After a lot of deadly struggles, Kabir drinks a
drop of Jaidev's blood to get Jaidev's spirit to enter his body. He
later drinks holy water, which makes Jaidev's evil spirit perish,
setting Meera free.
Kabir is shown at a book launch for his latest novel, Khamoshiyan.
Meera is also at the party but the two leave to spend some time alone
Sapna Pabbi as Meera Sharma Dhanrajgir, a beautiful but mysterious
lady who runs a hotel in Kashmir. She lives a lonely and worthless
life until she meets Kabir and falls in love with him.
Ali Fazal as Kabir Walia, a lonely novelist who searches for an
inspiring story; meets Meera and falls in love with her. He vows to
protect her from the evil spirit.
Gurmeet Choudhary as Jaidev Dhanrajgir, Meera's devil worshipping
husband, who bonds her even after his death as an evil spirit.
Vikram Bhatt as Kabir's editor/friend
Debina Bonnerjee as Simran, Kabir's ex-girlfriend
The main cast of Gurmeet Choudhary,
Ali Fazal and
Sapna Pabbi was
finalized in mid-2014. In May 2014, it was reported that Gurmeet
Choudhary will be playing a negative role in the film. In June
Sapna Pabbi signed a three-film deal with Vishesh Films
and committed to work on the film as her first movie of the
contract. In an interview, Fazal stated that he plays a romantic
writer with grey shades in the film. Producer
Mahesh Bhatt in an
interview said "With a recipe of great music, state-of-art digital
effects and a love story that brings back the intrigue of Mahal, it
will repackage and raise the bar for the horror genre in
Bollywood". Bhatt further added that the film has the potential of
becoming a franchise.
Ankit Tiwari was hired to compose the film's
The shoot of the film's first schedule began on 5 June 2014 and
ended in August 2014. Shooting for the film's second schedule took
Kashmir in September 2014 for 15 days. Due to a high
flood in Kashmir, the producers had to shift the shoot to South
Africa, as a replacement for Kashmir. On 21 October 2014, filming
took place in Cape Town. The pre-climax was filmed at the forests
of Legacy Estates in Cape Town.
A video was created to announce the launch date of a trailer of
Khamoshiyan. It was uploaded on the video sharing platform,
YouTube. The video only featured background music and was used to
introduce the characters, unveil the logo and the tagline. The
film's music launch was held in a venue below ground level, making it
the first underground music launch event for a
The filmmakers also announced the launch of a novel and a video game.
The novel will feature the story of
Khamoshiyan and two other stories
Vikram Bhatt –
1920 (film) and 1920: Evil Returns.
On the other hand, the video game will feature different characters
who will all unveil a dark secret and tell a different story as the
Soundtrack album to
26 December 2014 (2014-12-26)
Feature Film Soundtrack
The soundtrack of
Khamoshiyan was composed by Ankit Tiwari, Jeet
Gannguli, Navad Zafar & Bobby Imraan. The lyrics for the
soundtrack were penned by Rashmi Singh and Sayeed Quadri.
The first single from the album, "Khamoshiyan", composed by Jeet
Gannguli and crooned by
Arijit Singh was released on 10 December 2014.
The second single from the album, "Tu Har Lamha", composed by Bobby
Imraan and sung by Arijit Singh, was released on 19 December 2014.
Additionally, the filmmakers purchased the rights to the song "Aayega
Aane Wala" from the film Mahal (1949).
Khamoshiyan (Title Track)"
"Tu Har Lamha"
Bobby-Imran, Rajdeep Mukherjee
Baatein Ye Kabhi Na (Male)"
Baatein Ye Kabhi Na (Female)"
Anupam Amod, Imran Ali
"Bheegh Loon (Male)"
Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
"Bheegh Loon (Female)"
Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
"Tu Har Lamha (Remix)"
Arijit Singh, DJ Angel
"Bheegh Loon (Female – Remix)"
Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay
Prakriti Kakar, DJ Angel
Khamoshiyan (female version)"
Shakti Shetty of Mid-Day.com noted similarities between Khamoshiyan
and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath,
but commented, "the Indianisation doesn't really come out great."
On the story's pacing, Shetty wrote, "If the first half was building
up tension with sub-plots of mysteries, the second half does a tedious
job of chronicling what happened in the past."
Awards and nominations
Recipients and nominees
8th Mirchi Music Awards
Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing)
Pankaj Borah &
Eric Pillai - "Khamoshiyan"
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