Sometimes I’m lucky and I really want to see a movie that is in the theaters or easily available online. Sometimes I just sit with my cat and scroll through Eros Now until something sounds interesting. Such was the case with Krishna Kottage: I’d never heard of it, but a horror movie sounded good for Halloween, and it focused on a female ghost. I was extra intrigued because the producers are a mother-daughter team, Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor.

In the end, it was perfectly fine. Not really a stand out of the genre for being particularly good or particularly bad. A group of college students encounter a mysterious woman; she is actually a ghost; some of them die; the ghost is defeated. An older academic is on hand to help, as is a female psychic.

I didn’t realize how common this plotline is; I wonder if it’s just one recycled endlessly or one I just happen to be drawn to?

In the abstract, the broad plotlines are rather pertinent: Manav (Sohail Khan) and Shanti (Anita Hassanandani) have just gotten engaged, but Manav is seemingly interested in the new girl, Disha (Isha Koppikar). Shanti is jealous. As the movie unfolds, we learn that Manav knew Disha in a previous life; she was in love with him and killed him and herself. Now she has come back.

This rumination on love and relationships could be really powerful. How does death, life, rebirth, impact our connections to one another? Can men and women be friends? What inspires jealousy and possession?

But the movie falls flat because of one of the most common horror movie tropes: the characters are super annoying and you can’t wait for them to die (or don’t care if they do).

Points for having more than one named female character, though!

Posted by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

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