THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR Movie

THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

Director : Milind Rau

Producers : Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Siddharth,

Stars : Atul Kulkarni, Andrea Jeremiah, Siddharth, Anisha Victor,

Language : Hindi (A)

Released Date : 10-11-2017


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The movie opens with an ancient Chinese mother and daughter. They seem to spend happy moments with each other with the mother being pregnant. The movie then moves to the present where a happy couple Krish(Siddharth) and Lakshmi(Andrea Jeremiah) make love, bringing in their memories of the times they met and how their love blossomed. They suddenly notice that a new family is moving into the next house. Krish is a neurosurgeon who specialises in deep brain stimulation to cure Parkinsonism. He is close to another doctor, Dr.Prasad, who is a psychiatrist. The two families get along well, with Jenny the eldest daughter having a crush on Krish. Everything goes well when suddenly during a dinner party, Krish sees Jenny jumping into the nearby well. Informing the family, he jumps into the well and saves her. That very night, Jenny is attacked with seizures and once again Krish helps her in time. During another dinner at Krish's house, Jenny again panics by seeing a strange figure and her parents forcefully take her home. The people in the house start noticing strange things. Next morning Jenny once again without being self-aware goes towards a cliff to jump, Sarah who follows her slips towards another cliff but is saved by Krish. When Paul goes towards Jenny to stop her, she herself returns home without saying anything, while still in a zombie state & passes out in the house. Her father then takes her to the psychiatrist on Krish's recommendation and she reveals two specific things that she thought was abnormal: one a voice speaking to her in Chinese and another terrifying incident in the toilet. The psychiatrist feels something wrong and visits her room one day with the permission of her father who takes her out. He tries to decipher her mental state by reading the condition of her room, he finds recent internet searches about ghosts in her tablet & also a book about exorcism lying in her drawer. By seeing all this he concludes that Jenny must've made in her mind that she's possessed by a spirit. So, he along with Krish and Jenny's dad plan to administer fake exorcism with the help of a Pastor, Father Joshua in order to bind the spirit. All hell breaks loose in doing so, revealing that she is really possessed by a powerful spirit of the Chinese mother, resulting in the Pastor getting injured and admitted to the hospital in comatose state.

 

Jenny returns to normal state but to confirm what is going on, her grandfather calls on to a psychic but Jenny's father dismisses him. One night, the servant in the house prepares a voodoo doll to chase the bad spirit and is scolded by Paul not to do occult in house. The same night she is hit by the ghost in same way as the voodoo doll and is wrapped by bedsheet and impaled on the head by a nail and is mysteriously hidden under the bed. Next morning when Paul sees her body, he himself tell his father to call the psychic, who, using his power, talks to the spirit, who signal to him that there are not two but three spirits in the house, the third one actually being the malevolent force.

 

Lakshmi announces that she is pregnant but within a few days she falls off a ladder while seeing a scary figure on the water tank who was actually attempting to cause her a miscarriage, but the child survives. Krish too gets suspended as he was constantly distracted by these figures while in the operation theatre causing a hemorrhage to the patient being operated. Dr.Prasad with the help of a local Police Inspector, starts researching about a family that used to live in that house finding out that there was a single eye witness who knew what happened to the family. Simultaneously, the psychic too, using the comb which belonged to Chinese child, begins to place the pieces of the mystery. When Dr. Prasad & Krish go to see the said witness in a village, she tells a story of hers when she was eight years old. It seems that the house belonged to a rich Chinese silk merchant who lived with his wife and daughter. He wished that his pregnant wife should bear a male child. As he was a Satan worshipper, he had to sacrifice a girl child during the time of the solar eclipse to get a male child.

 

To achieve this purpose, he kidnapped the then eight year old witness when she was collecting flowers in the garden nearby as usual. The eight year old was saved just in time by his wife, which left him with no option but to sacrifice his own daughter. He hit his wife until she became unconscious. Luring his child slowly, he cut her neck using a sword. His wife regaining her senses couldn't bear the sight of her dead girl on the floor. Cursing her husband, she took a knife and pierced herself in the abdomen, killing herself and the unborn child telling that she does not need a male child by sacrificing a girl child. The husband realising his loss takes away his life by drowning himself in the nearby well.

 

Coming back to the present, the father orders his family to pack up and leave the house. Lakshmi is being chased in the hospital by the two spirits only to guide her to Father Joshua’s room. Being the day of the solar eclipse, the old woman speculates that the Chinese merchant would return to complete his ritual. Lakshmi calls Krish and tells that she is discharged and is headed to see Jenny. Krish too comes back from the village at the request of Lakshmi to stay with Jenny. Lakshmi then tricks Krish and locks him in Jenny's room for impeding him till the eclipse ends. She then reveals what Father Joshua had seen on the day of exorcism. Though Jenny was set free, some other force tried to stop the prayers of the Father in the room. The force was from none other than Krish. When Krish had jumped into the well the other night to save Jenny, the Chinese merchant’s spirit possessed him. Meanwhile, the psychiatrist being in the same room as Krish also figures that the Chinese merchant and Krish have common dates of birth. Krish being possessed, kills the psychiatrist in a gruesome way & escapes through the window. It was from Krish that the mother and daughter spirits were trying to protect the family by frightening them to leave the house. As the eclipse begins, the spirit takes full control of Krish and he begins searching for his target: Sarah to sacrifice and complete the ritual. Though he lures her and tries to kill her, the family members and the spirit of the mother and daughter fight with Krish by trying to distract him until the eclipse ends and they finally succeed in removing the spirit from his body.

 

In the end, Krish and Lakshmi are shown to be settled in Goa. Jenny along with her dad comes to meet them. When Jenny requests to meet their son, it is shown to the viewers that Krish, being possessed with the Chinese merchant’s spirit had made love to Lakshmi resulting in a baby actually born of the Chinese merchant instead, which the couple are unaware of. The film ends by showing the camera being panned towards the boy seated in a room, slowly revealing his face & focusing on the iris of his eye which then splits into double iris and the screen cuts to black.