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13B (2009) DVD

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13B (2009) Director:  Vikram K. Kumar Writers:  Abhinav Kashyap (dialogue), Vikram K. Kumar Stars:  Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Poonam Dhillon   The women of the eight-strong family at the center of Vikram K. Kumar’s overstuffed Bollywood fright flick live for their daily soap opera fix. But upon moving into their new apartment, the titular 13B, they discover that a show titled “Sab Khairiyat” (“All’s Well”) is revealing, in typical cliffhanger format, that their own lives may be in danger. The show’s twists and turns implicitly mirror the family’s own fortunes, yet somehow only Manohar (R. Madhavan), a loving son and husband, seems to notice. Muted and yellow-hued, as if shot on long-expired film, “13B” follows a something-is-amiss setup that employs some old-standby motifs (an ominous elevator, a distrustful dog, photographs in which the subject’s face shows up creepily distorted) and some fresher ones (milk inexplicably curdling, walls impervious to hammered nails), with a drawn-out series of explanations dished out at a dizzying rate.    Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: