Cast: Urmila Matondkar,Anuj Sawhney, Shweta Konnur, Amardeep Jha, Kamini Khanna, Sulabha Arya
Direction: Shripal Morakhia
Production: Firuzi Khan, Ashish Bhatnagar
Music: Salim - Sulaiman
NAINA is inspired from Pang Brothers' Cantonese-Thai language film JIAN GUI [THE EYE, starring Angelica Lee], besides bearing a striking similarity to Manoj Night Shyamalan's THE SIXTH SENSE [starring Bruce Willis]. NAINA tells the story of a young woman, Naina [Urmila Matondkar], blinded in childhood by an accident. Twenty years later, she receives a cornea implant and with it, the ability to see again. When the bandages come off, Naina opens her eyes to see not only the world she left behind, but also the unsettling presence of people who aren't really there, dead people. The cornea's former owner was a girl with psychic powers, Khemi [Shweta Konnur], who could see dead people. A resident of Bhuj [in Gujarat], Khemi had witnessed and suffered much and her journey into the next world isn't complete. Naina sees the future and yet is powerless to change it. No one believes Naina. Not her grand-mother [Kamini Khanna], not even the sympathetic psychiatrist Sameer [Anuj Sawhney], who seems to have taken more than just a clinical interest in her. NAINA marks the birth of an outstanding storyteller in Shripal Morakhia. There are no glitches in the plot movement. The narrative moves briskly through complex images of tyrannical terror, creating undulating rhythms of life and after-life, death and restless spooks. Performance wise Urmila is excellent. She's the only actress of her generation to be doing such exemplary work. Anuj Sawhney is efficient, handling his part skilfully. Kamini Khanna is effective. Rest of the cast lend good support. Cinematography [C.K. Muraleedharan and Jonathan Bloom] is excellent. Background score [Salim-Sulaiman]is good. The art direction [Muneesh Sappel] is noteworthy. Overall, Naina is worth a watch if you enjoy watching horror flicks.