21 December 2012 | khayaal_e_yaar
Uninspiring and slow.
The year was 1991, when most of the horror plots were exhausted. The last film to have earned money was 'Shaitani Ilaaka', which wasn't as appealing as Ramsays' previous hits. It's then the directors realized that they could make some money by weaving a plot around an unproven legend of 'The Yeti' or 'Big Foot', which lives in the Himalayas. Deploying B-grade actors like Deepak Parashar, Shagufta Ali, Hemant Birje, Beena Banerjee, Anil Dhawan and Goga Kapoor, Ramsays' decided to make a fantasy, action, drama film, in the line of their other horror tales. The movie bombed at the box-office and for many years remained difficult to trace. The plot doesn't have anything to do with horror, but its about the bond between a little girl Sasha and a Himalayan Big Foot.
The film begins with two friends Deepak Parashar and Hemant Birje. Deepak lives with his widowed sister Beena Banerjee and her only child Sasha. Hemant Birje plays a cop or to be more precise 'The Crusader of Law. It so happens that a mountaineer (Sudhir) happens to snap a few pictures of what is believed to be a Big Foot. He passes on those photos to his boss Mr.Don (Anil Dhawan). Mr. Don wants to take the Big Foot with him to the west and make money out of him.
In the meantime, Sasha gets kidnapped by a thug Lala (Goga Kapoor), who then demands a ransom of 500 thousand rupees. We come to know that Lala was busted and jailed because of Deepak and Hemant long back, and is now taking revenge. However, some of his henchmen are not able to live off his expectation and lose the girl. The girl runs about in the snow and finally hides in a cave where the Big Foot lives. At first Sasha faints in horror when she looks at the creature, but the Big Foot is very caring and considerate. He tends Sasha until she realizes that the Big Foot is not as bad as he looks. In fact he is no bad at all! During the course of her stay, Sasha and Big Foot come closer and become best friends. Now the goons are after the Big Foot, and its up to Deepak, Hemant and Sasha to foil their plans. How they do this forms rest of the story.
The film has a fresh story but fails to do good when it comes to direction, script and make-up. The Big Foot doesn't scare and has a face similar to that of a Lion. The cinematography is good, or may be its good because most of the film has been shot at various scenic locations of the Himalayas. Acting wise, the film is okay, but most of the elements are regular Bollywood staple of the late 90s. The songs are surprisingly forgettable and only consume time. Some of the fight sequences have been forcibly induced to make the viewers realize the strength of the Big Foot and Hemant Birje from time-to-time. The pace is slow and dialogs are both loud and cheesy. To be honest, this is not a regular Ramsay horror, if you're looking for one.