If Shiva, Rangeela, Satya and Sarkar are reasons you want to give this movie a try, forget it. Ram Gopal Varma doesn’t live up to his rep this time, dishing out a rather watered-down version of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer Predator. But unlike The Hollywood movie that had people on the edge of their seats, this one bores viewers to the point of loud and unending theatre-room chatter.
A movie is about to be shot in a remote jungle in Sri Lanka with a motley group of misfits comprising an actress, an arrogant wannabe and his Man Friday, a deep-thinking director, a really angry fight/action co-ordinator, a philosophical cameraman, an annoying producer, and two assistant directors. They are assisted by a quirky housekeeper Setu, who shows them around, when the unexpected happens. The only camera conks off leaving the group stranded but in high spirits nevertheless. They decide to go on a camping trip that proves fatal as slowly one after another they are hunted and killed in a bizarre and horrific manner.
Unlike Phoonk or Bhoot, Agyaat misses the fear element totally. Fans waiting to get their fear fix will be sorely disappointed. For most of the time, people are only running in any random direction to find a way of escape from THE UNKNOWN. Even the death scenes look kind of unreal; scenes where a small pool of boiling blood is found and another where a bloodied hand is being swallowed by the ground remind you of Ramsay Productions. The relatively unknown cast Priyanka Kothari, Gautham Rode, Nitin Reddy, Howard Rosemeyer, etc. perform naturally. But even that doesn’t convince you to stay the entire length of the film.
And if that was not enough Varma goes so far to announce a sequel to this movie before rolling out the credits. But then some things are best left unknown.