Shaitaan Movie Review: Shaitaan (transl. Devil) is a 2024 Indian Hindi-language supernatural horror film directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Devgn Films, Jio Studios, and Panorama Studios. The film, a remake of the 2023 Gujarati film Vash, stars Ajay Devgn, R. Madhavan, Jyothika, Anngad Raaj, and Janki Bodiwala, who reprises her role from the original. The plot centers on a family facing turmoil when their daughter becomes a victim of black magic cast by a stranger. The family sets out to stop the possession and uncover the stranger’s motives.

Officially announced in May 2023, principal photography took place from June to September 2023 in Dehradun, India, and London. The music was composed by Amit Trivedi, with cinematography by Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti and editing by Sandeep Francis.

Shaitaan was released theatrically on 8 March 2024, coinciding with Maha Shivaratri, and received mixed to positive reviews. The film grossed ₹211 crore worldwide against a budget of ₹50 crore, making it the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of 2024, the second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2024, and the highest-grossing Indian horror film of all time.

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Kabir Rishi, a chartered accountant, lives in Dehradun, Uttarakhand with his wife Jyoti and their children, Janhvi and Dhruv. During a vacation at their farmhouse, they encounter Vanraj Kashyap, an enigmatic man. After Janhvi eats a laddu given by Vanraj, she becomes compelled to obey his every command.

Vanraj shows up at the farmhouse, claiming his phone’s battery died. Kabir asks him to leave, but under Vanraj’s orders, Janhvi prevents her father from doing so. Vanraj reveals he has hypnotized Janhvi through black magic and demands the family give her to him. When they refuse, he cuts the phone lines and uses Janhvi to torment them, making her do bizarre and harmful things.

The police respond to a hidden phone call from Jyoti, but the family pretends everything is normal to avoid triggering Janhvi to cause an explosion. Kabir offers Vanraj money, but he burns it, revealing he is a demon who wants to control the world. He orders Janhvi to disco dance and later to stab anyone who approaches him. When Kabir tries to steal Vanraj’s phone, Janhvi stops him by urinating in her shorts to avoid stabbing him. Vanraj, disappointed, makes her undress.

Fed up, Kabir and Jyoti attack Vanraj, but he orders Janhvi to laugh herself to death. He reveals that even if he dies, Janhvi will continue to follow his last order. Forced to comply, Kabir lets him go, but Vanraj then commands Janhvi to kill Dhruv. She wounds him severely by throwing him off the terrace. Desperate, the parents finally agree to give Janhvi to Vanraj.

Jyoti takes Dhruv to the hospital while Kabir secretly follows Vanraj, having placed a tracker on his phone. Kabir discovers Vanraj has hypnotized 108 other girls and plans to sacrifice them to gain ultimate control. Kabir cuts off Vanraj’s tongue and plays an edited recording of Vanraj’s voice, which frees the girls from his control.

The family recovers in the hospital, and the police return Vanraj’s hostages to their homes. They inform Kabir that Vanraj has disappeared.

A year later, Kabir visits an isolated chamber where he has imprisoned Vanraj. Unable to speak, Vanraj suffers as Kabir declares true power comes from parents protecting their children. Kabir, now Vanraj’s tormentor, promises they will meet again tomorrow and leaves him to suffer.

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Ajay Devgan Kabir Rishi R. Madhavan Vanaraj Kashyap
Jyothika Jyoti Rishi Janki Bodiwala Jahnvi Rishi
Anngad Raaj Dhruv Rishi


The Hindi remake of the Gujarati horror film Vash (2023) was announce in May 2023, with Ajay Devgn set to star and Vikas Bahl directing. The official title, Shaitaan, was confirm in January 2024. R. Madhavan was cast as the antagonist, and Jyothika was cast as Devgn’s wife, marking their third collaboration after Dumm Dumm Dumm (2001) and Priyamaana Thozhi (2003). This film also marks Jyothika’s return to Hindi cinema after 25 years. Janki Bodiwala and Anngad Raaj were signed on to play the children, with Bodiwala reprising her role from Vash.

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