On March 3, Netflix India announced its slate of films and series through two video promos. Among its many interesting upcoming properties, one movie that caught our attention is Penthouse. Considering it is directed by Abbas-Mustan, masters in making pulpy thrillers, Penthouse surely makes for a curious attraction. With a star cast involving the likes of Bobby Deol, Arjun Rampal, Sharman Joshi, Mouni Roy, Cyrus Broacha, Tisca Chopra, and Abrar Zahoor, the intrigue has increased ten-fold. And then we saw some of the stills. Netflix Slate 2021: Dhamaka, Penthouse, Navarasa, Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives S2 – Complete List of Films, Series and Reality Shows Arriving on the Streaming Giant!
Apart from being the directors of some memorable pulp thrillers in Bollywood, Abbas-Mustan are also, unfortunately, known for their lack of originality. Even their more recognised work like Baazigar, Ajnabee, Badshah, Humraaz etc have been remakes of Hollywood thrillers. Looks like Penthouse also falls in the same category.
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Going by the first stills and the little glimpses we have seen of the film, we believe Penthouse to be a remake of the 2014 erotic Hollywood thriller, The Loft. The Loft in itself is a remake of a 2008 Dutch film, Loft, with both version directed by the same filmmaker, Erik Van Looy. The Loft stars Karl Urban, James Marsden, Eric Stonestreet, Wentworth Miller, and Matthias Schoenaerts in the lead. After Nail Polish, Arjun Rampal to Be Next Seen in Abbas-Mustan’s Penthouse, Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad and The Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
A murder mystery, it is about five friends who share a secret apartment, or the loft, which they use to carry on with their individual clandestine affairs outside their marriages. Things turn for the worse, when one day, they find a body of a girl in the apartment, leading to them pointing fingers at each other.
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While the stills of Penthouse gave this deja vu feeling about The Loft, further validation was received from the synopsis note shared by Netflix for the film - "When architect Vikram Saxena proposes sharing a Penthouse with his five married friends, it seems like the perfect solution for their indulgences, until one morning, a body of an unknown woman is found in the Penthouse. Friendships tested, loyalties questioned and marriages crumble as the shocking truth unravels in this relentless whodunit."
While Bollywood and remakes have always gone hand-in-hand - see the recent remake of The Girl on the Train - let's hope that remake rights have been bought officially for Penthouse. And also that Abbas-Mustan would have added something novel from their white sleeves.
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