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
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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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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