|Screenplay by||Madhuri Shekar|
|Based on||Evil Eye|
by Madhuri Shekar
|Music by||Ronit Kirchman|
|Edited by||Kristina Hamilton-Grobler|
|Distributed by||Amazon Studios|
Evil Eye is a 2020 American horror film directed by Elan and Rajeev Dassani and written by Madhuri Shekar, based on her Audible Original audio play of the same name. The film stars Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani and Omar Maskati. It was executive produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Television and Priyanka Chopra of Purple Pebble Pictures.
Eyes were often painted to ward off the evil eye. An exaggerated apotropaic eye or a pair of eyes were painted on Greek drinking vessels called kylikes from the 6th century BCE. clarification needed The exaggerated eyes may have been intended to prevent evil spirits from entering the mouth while drinking.
Evil Eye was released on October 13, 2020, by Amazon Studios, as the third installment in the anthological Welcome to the Blumhouse film series.
Pallavi lives in New Orleans and has a close, but contentious, relationship with her mother Usha, who has moved back to Delhi because of her husband's work. Usha is worried that Pallavi, who is almost thirty, is unmarried. Usha, who is heavily interested in vedic astrology constantly worries about it and tries to set her daughter up on arranged dates. Usha's anxiety is magnified by migraine headaches which have caused her to stop socializing.
These include Hindu astrology (also known as 'Indian astrology' and in modern times referred to as 'Vedic astrology') and Chinese astrology, both of which have influenced the world's cultural history. Western astrology is a form of divination based on the construction of a horoscope for an exact moment, such as a person's birth. The 9 main planets considered in vedic astrology are – Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Venus & Rahu and Ketu. The last 2 are not physical entities. These are imaginary points in space where the axis of moon and sun (relative to earth) overlap. Dog and pig compatibility chinese astrology.
To placate her mother, the happily single Pallavi agrees to meet up at a cafe for a blind date that Usha has set up. The date never shows, but Pallavi meets another man, Sandeep. The two of them begin dating. Sandeep seems like the perfect man: he's handsome, wealthy, and Indian. Later, when discussing their romantic pasts, Sandeep tells her that a former girlfriend tried to commit suicide when they broke up. When Pallavi rejects Sandeeps attempt to give her some earrings, she sees his hands clench in anger, but dismisses it.
Eventually, she tells Usha about her new boyfriend. But far from being overjoyed, like Pallavi expected, Usha is concerned. She demands details about Sandeep so that she can check up on him. An astrologer tells her that Pallavi and Sandeep have unprecedented compatibility. However, a private investigator who Usha hires reports that Sandeep has a string of former girlfriends who are reluctant to talk about him.
Sandeep invites Pallavi to move in with him. She refuses, but instead he offers to pay for the rent on a new apartment for her so she can quit her job and focus on her aspirations to be a writer. Pallavi moves in to the new apartment, but when she tells Usha her mother grows concerned that Sandeep has too much control over her. Pallavi says that Sandeep is only doing things for Pallavi's own good.
The phrase triggers Usha, who remembers that her abusive ex-boyfriend used to say it all the time to her. She becomes convinced that Sandeep, who was born nine months after Pallavi, is the reincarnation of her old boyfriend, who had died the night Pallavi was born after violently confronting Usha. She tries to convince Pallavi to leave Sandeep, but Pallavi, and everyone else, thinks that her concerns are crazy.
When Pallavi gets engaged to Sandeep, Usha has a breakdown. At the urging of her husband, she agrees to give Sandeep a chance. Usha confides in her daughter about her past: before she got married she had dated a man who was controlling and abusive. After she broke up with him and married someone else he would stalk her. One night, when she was nine months pregnant, he confronted her on a bridge, attacking her and slamming her head into a concrete balustrade. In the struggle she pushed him over the side and into the river. Usha went into labor that night, giving birth to Pallavi, and was never connected to the ex boyfriend's death.
Sandeep calls Usha. He admits that her suspicions are correct: he is the reincarnation of her former boyfriend. He demands that she travel to America to meet him in person. When she arrives, Sandeep meets with her and tells her that he wants what he has always wanted: her. He warns her that if she tries to stop the marriage he will kill Pallavi. At Pallavi's apartment the three of them have dinner. Usha follows Sandeeps demand that she not try to upset the marriage, but Pallavi becomes suspicious that her busybody and worrying mother has suddenly become so supportive. Sandeep, in turn, becomes more anxious and demanding at Usha's passive aggressive behavior. Usha pulls back her hair, revealing that she has the same set of earrings that Sandeep gave to Pallavi, a gift from her abusive ex boyfriend. Sandeep becomes enraged and attacks Usha. The two women fight him off and seriously injure him.
At the hospital, Usha recovers from her injuries as Pallavi waits. Realizing that her mother was right, Pallavi worries about the future, and what might happen with her potential daughters. Usha comforts her by saying that Pallavi will teach her daughters to be careful. She then draws Pallavi's attention to the handsome Indian doctor who has been attending her. Down the hall, Sandeep dies. The final shot shows a newborn baby, indicating that he has been reincarnated once again.
- Sarita Choudhury as Usha Khatri, Krishnan’s wife and Pallavi’s mother
- Sunita Mani as Pallavi Khatri, Usha and Krishnan's daughter and Sandeep’s girlfriend
- Omar Maskati as Sandeep, Pallavi's wealthy boyfriend
- Bernard White as Krishnan Khatri, Usha's husband and Pallavi's father
Filming took place in New Orleans from November to December 2019.
The film was released on October 13, 2020 alongside Nocturne as one of the first four films in the eight film anthology Welcome to the Blumhouse, after Nocturne, The Lie, and Black Box.
On review aggregatorRotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 47% based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 5.30/10. The website's critics consensus reads: 'With Evil Eye, directors Elan and Rajeev Dassani spy a premise that has no shortage of potential, but despite the efforts of a game cast, it remains tantalizingly unfulfilled.' On Metacritic has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on nine critics, indicating 'mixed or average reviews.'
- ^G. Allen Johnson (October 10, 2020). ''Welcome to the Blumhouse' brings scares, diversity to Amazon Prime'. Datebook. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
- ^ abcdHall, Jacob (August 14, 2020). ''Evil Eye' First Look: Revenge, Reincarnation, and Indian Mythology Come to Blumhouse'. Slashfilm. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
- ^'Prime Video Drops Evil Eye Trailer: Priyanka Chopra Jonas Produces The Dark Horror Film'. Moviespie. 2020-09-18. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
- ^Rubin, Rebecca (August 13, 2020). 'Eight New Blumhouse Horror Films Coming to Amazon'. Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
- ^'Evil Eye (2020)'. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
- ^'Evil Eye Reviews'. Metacritic. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
Evil Eye Vedic Astrology Compatibility
- Evil Eye at IMDb