When we talk about karma theory, we often think of it very simple: what we sow, we reap. But in many cultures, the idea is much more complicated. It explains the religious principle through a lens that is as meta as it is practical. One of the eight new films in Amazon Studio’s cinematic partnership with Blumhouse Productions, Madhuri Shekar’s Evil Eye, perfectly explores the outline of karma through the violent bond between an Indian woman and her daughter, hinting that the terrifying fears may occur as a result of our actions.
Usha Khatri is too busy in finding the ideal groom for her daughter, Pallavi. The daughter finds love in her understanding of Sandeep, a successful businessman she met at a coffee shop. But Usha soon realizes that all is not as it seems. Some evil secrets from her past may see the light of the day once again. Starring Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani, and Omar Maskati, ‘Evil Eye’ is a thriller that walks a fine line between spirituality and reincarnation.
Evil Eye Plot Synopsis
After raising their daughter, Pallavi, Usha Khatri and her husband move back to New Delhi for his work in the United States. Her daughter is 29 and unmarried, and being a traditional mother in that regard, Usha feels as though Pallavi may just be cursed. Due to an abusive relationship in her past, the mother wants to make sure that Pallavi finds the right man. But Pallavi is just taking things slow and is least bothered about getting married.
While waiting for a boy, her mother wants her to meet at a coffee shop, Pallavi runs into the charming and impressive Sandeep. Without even looking for it, she finally found love. Things seem perfect – he gets along with all her friends, helps her rent an upscale condo, and pursue her dream of writing.
But Usha is not too happy about this, as she feels that Pallavi is losing her freedom. The mother truly believes that Sandeep is a reincarnation of an ex-boyfriend who tried to kill her when she was pregnant with Pallavi.
When Usha starts having regular migraines and becomes a more reserved person, her husband reminds her that Rakesh, the ex, dies. After all, to save herself and her unborn daughter, Usha had thrown him off the bridge that crucial night, hence killing him. Everyone around her thinks that she is just neurotic, and after a while, even Usha believes that may be the case with her. She agrees to seek professional help.
When Usha is scrolling through her social media, she observes Pallavi’s engagement photo. She notices the blue sapphire earrings that Sandeep has gifted her daughter. This becomes a cause of concern for the mother as Rakesh had also given Usha the same back in the day. Then, she even gets a call confirming her worst nightmare, Sandeep is Rakesh’s reincarnation.
Sandeep tells Usha that all he has always wanted this whole time is to reach her. The mother flies to the United States to protect her daughter from this crazed man at a moment’s notice. Before they enter the house, Sandeep tells Usha that she needs to bless the seemingly happy couple for their engagement. He also tells Usha that if she tries to tell her daughter the truth, he will kill Pallavi.
At dinner, Usha and Pallavi have a heart to heart conversation about parental expectations and marriage. The mother then reveals that she is wearing the blue earrings that Rakesh had given her when he was still alive. This leads to an argument where Sandeep stabs Usha and tries to drown Pallavi in the kitchen sink. Usha ends up banging a utensil on Sandeep’s head regularly to save her daughter.
Fortunately, Usha survives the stabbing, and at the hospital, Pallavi states that it was all her responsibility and that Sandeep could come back someday. Her mother tells her that men like this will always be there, but it is important to teach girls that it’s not their fault. Usha also states that if Pallavi’s daughter were in such a situation, she’d have to fight it unitedly with her child.
The film closes with a newborn baby in the hospital window.
Is The Doctor a Reincarnation of Rakesh?
No, we don’t think this is the case. Firstly, Usha points out that Sandeep was born nine months after Rakesh was killed. Hence, it makes sense for Usha’s abusive ex-boyfriend to be born again as Pallavi’s finance. But the doctor is nearly around the daughter’s age, so it’s unlikely that he is the reincarnation.
Is Sandeep Dead?
For a moment, the concluding argument had us believing that Sandeep dies on the kitchen floor. After all, there is blood everywhere, and he doesn’t move at all. When Usha and Pallavi talk in the hospital, the daughter expresses that she is worried about what would happen if Sandeep survives. This tells us that there is still a chance that the fiancé had not died. The movie does not give a conclusive answer.
Who is The Child Shown in The Climax?
Well, we believe that this child is the next reincarnation of Rakesh after Sandeep. Why? This is because, in the end, we hear the nurse call out a code blue in room 305. This hospital code means that a patient needs immediate resuscitation, and the only two physically injured characters are Usha and Sandeep.
Since the mother has survived and is healthy now, the only other option left is Sandeep. It will befit the narrative if Usha can kill her enemy yet again. We also highly suspect that the hospital staff is unable to save him. Consequently, the child being born seems like the obvious next step in this reincarnation cycle. One day, the Khatri family could be tormented again.
Evil Eye is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Videos with 4.4/10 on IMDb and 54% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although it is much below than the promised horror and the scenes are pretty predictable, you might want to watch it for time sake.
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