Mr. and Mrs. Barot is busy attending to the guests when one of their daughters Shreya joins a group of strangers in the nearby cemetery while playing hide-and-seek. Next morning, Amit and Bhavna find she has bled to death after her head was thumped with a stone. It is this very frame in the first half that establishes Amit Sadh and Manjari Fadnnis-starrer Barot House is not a run-of-the-mill thriller.
The police suspect the deceased’s wilful uncle Ajay or the vengeful neighbour Anthony or her now deranged father Amit himself could be the murderer. Bhavna, meanwhile, falls apart seeing the mortal remains of her daughter. The case loses momentum when Amit and Bhavna’s second girl child Shruti is found brutally killed. Barot House is no slice-of-life family drama painting the happy, cheerful picture. It is eerie, shocking and deeply disturbing.
Barot House is a ZEE5 Original film directed by Bugs Bhargava Krishna. The movie, extensively shot in Daman, amalgamates an investigative and psychological thriller approach to it’s narrative. Inspired by real events, the suspense drama does keep you hooked, booked, intrigued and invested while you bite your nails through the one-and-a-half-hour-long watch. The makers’ attempts to establish red herrings are successful, but only to an extent, because the plot gets predictable after a point. One of the shortcomings is that the screenplay lacks a sense of time – we don’t know when the first murder happens, or the second or even the third one. There are five, throughout the film.
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Amit and Manjari’s film give you a lot to chew on. Sanjeev Jha, who also has another film Jabariya Jodi releasing in a couple of days, brings his prior experience to pen. Barot House is packed with enough chills and thrills to make your jaws drop from time to time. Nothing you expect ever happens in Barot House! Amit Sadh’s performance of a fragmented father is replete with finesse. The Super 30 actor puts up a convincing act as a complex son and husband. Delivering one of his career bests, Amit doesn’t let a scene slip or overdo an emotion – which is pretty easy in an emotionally heavy script. He brings the right amount of grief, anger, affection, and fear, with a dash of confidence.
Manjari Fadnnis’ stint in Barot House cements our belief that she indeed, is an underrated star. The actress goes from strength to strength in getting under the skin of a mother in pain, broken by the unfortunate incidents in her family. The scene where she holds the corpse of her first daughter or goes into a state of hysteria when the second death happens is acting brilliance. Although we strongly feel she’d have used more screen space.
Barot House is, in every way, an Aaryan Menghji show, whatsoever. The child actor plays Amit and Bhavna’s first-born. Without giving away any spoilers, all we can assure is, Aaryan is nothing like other child artists you’ve seen before, especially in a thriller. He is bold, beautiful and beholding as Malhar. This twisted psychological drama is a stellar shocker, stunningly surprising with a not-so-sweet surprise!