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Ek Thi Daayan (U/A)

  • Starring :
    Emraan Hashmi, Konkana Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin
  • Language : Hindi Genre : Thriller
  • Synopsis :

    A young boy is obsessed with the occult. As he grows up, he takes his obsession to giddy lengths—often letting the lines between reality and fiction blur.

  • Director :
    Kannan Iyer
  • Music Director :
    Vishal Bhardwaj
  • Duration: 2 hrs & 14 mins

Synopsis

A young boy is obsessed with the occult. As he grows up, he takes his

obsession to giddy lengths—often letting the lines between reality and

fiction blur.

Critic's Review

A young boy is obsessed with the occult. As he grows up, he takes his obsession to giddy lengths—often letting the lines between reality and fiction blur.

When you meet the unassuming, bespectacled Kannan Iyer in person, you will never guess that he's the man who has served up one of Indian cinema's taut supernatural thriller's Ek Thi Daayan. It's piping hot (it's got Emraan Hashmi--who calls himself a tiger in bed), terribly scary and yet it's aesthetically garnished.

Set in contemporary Mumbai; the film tells you a believable story of Bobo(Emraan) the magician, who is a master in his craft. But when you scratch the surface, scars from his growing up years come to light.

Cut to Bobo's childhood. He's a curly-haired, cute moppet(Vishesh; he plays the young Emraan) who grows up reading about witch-craft and is inexplicably drawn to magic. He doesn't realise that his fascination is fast becoming an obsession. Things reach a head, when his widower father (Pawan Malhotra) brings home a new bride Diana (Konkana Sen Sharma). The boy equates a step-mother to a daayan(witch) and his young mind plays tricks with him.

You find yourself biting your nails in nervousness and digging your heels hard into the carpet in the cinema hall as this spook-fest unfolds.

Woven beautifully between the world of magic, occult and suspense, Ek Thi Daayan, makes for compulsive viewing, providing some spine-chilling thrills at short gaps. The narrative in the first half is almost faultless. There are some nice romantic moments between the lead pair Emraan and Huma and a couple of songs too. But just when you start to relax and flow with the emotions, along comes a scary twist that jolts you back to the edge of your seat. The climax is a bit stereotype of horror/supernatural thrillers but that's a minor hiccup in an otherwise cleverly done film of this genre.

Vishal Bharadwal's music and Gulzar's lyrics—especially kaali kaali, yaaram and lautungi main are outstanding. Of the performers—Konkana Sen Sharma and Emraan Hashmi are in top form. Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin, Pawan Malhotra and the child actor, Vishesh are very competent.

Kannan Iyer makes an impressive debut...and kudos to Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj for allowing him to bring his daayan to life without compromises. This film doesn't play to the galleries nor is it one of those brain-dead movies that Bollywood churns out as assembly line.

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  • Rating 2.55

Review posted this month

Average.

  • Rating 25

Review posted within last 6 month

another experiment by vishal but its again not sucessful.

  • Rating 35

Review posted within last 6 month

Really unpredictable twist.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted within last 6 month

First movie of Emran Hashmi that I liked. Awesome story with a twist. Nice ending.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Very interesting story...nice ending.

  • Rating 45

Review posted within last 6 month

good twist

  • Rating 45

Review posted within last 6 month

good movie, excellent effects

  • Rating 35

Review posted within last 6 month

this was no way a horror movie

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted within last 6 month

even though it's a different subject of sorts. avoid it.

  • Rating 15

Review posted within last 6 month

Watched in installment on TV as cant find interesting enough to watch in a single shot. Story line is poor.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

okay

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than 6 month ago

One time watch

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Superb till interval...

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

surely kankana steals the show. she was so horrifying. 1st half of the movie was good and you will bite your nails i fear. but second half was totally pathetic.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

not like the typical hashmi's movie.. good but typical ghostly movie. logic missed badly at the end.

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Pros: 1) Good cinematography. 2) Nice claps in movie to make you feel Daayan is here. Cons: 1) Story-line. 2) Bad try of Hollywood style movie.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than 6 month ago

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  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

lol. its funny we use some of the dailouges among frnds as punch lines in our jockes. its all timepass movie.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Nice movie, one that does not try to disguise supernatural behind some lies, instead deals with facts of the other world as they are and presents them with finesse. It has enough twists to keep one glued to the seat and the performances of Emraan and Konkona are good.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

one time watchable!!!

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

nice horrible movie...

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

A-grade horror film

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

average....

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Its a very good horror film with a great & different plot . It keeps you on your toes up to the end & the suspense remains until the end . i liked the acting of the child artist(young imran ) specially others were also good

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Nice one

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Could have been so much better. I mean, there was potential. The film is watchable, but with some editing and a tighter script, this could have been an amazing film. Lost opportunity.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Very nice movie with every character well placed and good horror. Even the boy acted well and full marks to the presentation of the script.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

film tells the story of the life and times of the Chambal Valley dacoits.qwdch

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

A GOOD MOVIE !!!!!!

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

the story is different and the way it is presented also is different, but the movie could have been very good if it was developed in a better way..there is one good frightening scene..konkona is very good and other artist are ok..one time watcheable only

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

A good plot, not very well executed, but somehow I like the story. For sure, with some piece of editing the result can be better.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Its not as scary as i was expecting but its movie with good acceptable logic... overall good performance by all especially emran and konkana ... worth watching once at home....

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Quite boring movie. Emraan is the standout performer. Konkana and Huma also does justice to their roles.Kalki looks totally wasted in her small appearance. Storyline is very poor.Certainly not one of the best horror movie.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Good songs

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than 6 month ago

flop

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

nice film..

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

good

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Seriously movie was a torture. All this chudail stuff and getting back again and again, power in the hairs. What rubbish was that. The Kissing star Emraan has switched his genre to horror. But man it's not working.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Horror is one among the most tedious genre to make movies and i would appreciate the director to work over it and come up with a good product. From the first movie start binding to and reach to climax in a very concluding way. Nice movie in this genre.

  • Rating 15

Review posted more than 6 month ago

bakwaas movie hai.....

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

OK type movie.

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than 6 month ago

The movie desperately struggles to be horrifying, with the creepy lizard and absurd ghosts. Waste of money and time

  • Rating 1.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Nice movie, the cinematography is awesome, some very fearsome scenes yet there are times when it makes you laugh rather then scream. The climax Could have been better.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Outstandingly written first half nd xtremely gr8 performances by the "Daayans". But film lost its way in climax

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

ok ok type

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

good movie to watch... awesome technical work !!! story could have been better though

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Nice movie, the cinematography is awesome, some very fearsome scenes yet there are times when it makes you laugh rather then scream. The climax Could have been better.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

avg movie but the graphics are fantastic.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

There is no thrill in the movie but the graphics are fantastic.

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than 6 month ago

If compared to Hollywood horror movies ---> BAD If compared to Indian horror movies----> AVERAGE Go watch it with your DAAYANS ;)


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