Question Mark 2012 Hindi Movie
Question Mark 2012 Hindi Movie
Question Mark is a 2012 Hindi language horror film that was released without a title. The film used a symbol "?" to describe the unseen, unheard story of a group of friends who went to a place to shoot their final year project film but never returned. The film is a compilation of the footage retrieved from their camera, which reveals what happened with them. The film was written and directed by Allyson Patel and Yash Dave, and produced by Trippletake Motion Pictures. It was distributed by Percept Picture Company.
In November 2010, a group of seven friends - Maanvi, Akki, Vicky, Varun, Simran, Kiran and C.J. - went to a place near Mumbai to shoot their final year project film. They decided to make a horror film based on the legend of a haunted house in the area. However, they soon realized that they were not alone in the house and that something evil was lurking there. As they explored the house, they encountered strange noises, voices, shadows and apparitions. One by one, they started to disappear or die in mysterious ways. The only thing that was left behind was their camera, which recorded everything that happened with them.
Maanvi Gagroo as Maanvi
Akhlaque Khan as Akki
Yaman Chatwal as Vicky
Varun Thakur as Varun
Sonam Mukherjee as Simran
Kiran Bhatia as Kiran
Chirag Jain as C.J.
The film was shot in a span of 10 days in a real haunted house near Mumbai. The directors used the found footage genre to create a realistic and immersive experience for the audience. The actors were not given any script or dialogues, but were only given the basic outline of the story and their characters. They improvised their scenes and reactions based on the situations they faced in the house. The directors also used hidden cameras and props to scare the actors and capture their genuine emotions. The film had a low budget of Rs.80,00,000 and was shot with a Canon 5D camera.
Release and Reception
The film was released in theaters across India on 17 February 2012 by Percept Picture Company. It was also released worldwide as video on demand on the IDream Motion Pictures YouTube Channel. The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the concept, direction and performances, but criticized the execution, editing and sound design. The film also received nine nominations and two awards at the St. Tropez International Film Festival, France. Akhlaque Khan won the best actor award while Udhaya Rajni won the award for best editing. The film also received a standing ovation at the Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico.
This was the first time not only in Indian Cinema but world over that a film was being released without a title. Instead, to describe the unseen, unheard story, all that was used was a symbol "?". However, the movie had to be released with a written title "Question Mark" due to censorship rules.
The film is inspired by the Hollywood films Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, which also used the found footage genre.
The directors claimed that they experienced some paranormal activities while shooting the film in the haunted house. They said that they heard voices, saw shadows and felt cold spots in some areas of the house.
The film has no background music or songs, except for one song that plays during the end credits.
: [IDream Motion Pictures YouTube Channel] : [St. Tropez International Film Festival] : [Oaxaca Film Festival] : [Wikipedia article on Question Mark]