I had high expectations from this film, I don’t know why. I guess I was on a Emraan Hashmi high after Dirty Picture and this film also has Konkona Sen Sharma, one of the most talented women in Bollywood. And I’ve always liked Bollywood mystic-horror films about ghosts, superstition and witchcraft. Raaz 3 was also about witchcraft and that was unfortunately a huge disappointment, I must review that too sometime. Ek Thi Daayan is better than Raaz 3, probably because it was produced by the real life daayan Ekta Kapoor. Just kidding! She does look like a witch though.
The film starts off fairly strong in the first half. It’s intriguing and scary too. But the second half, especially the last half hour really lost me because it became too ridiculous. I think script writers sometimes forget that in horror, one must make the story believable in order to scare the audience. Once it loses that, it’s not scary anymore.
Emraan Hashmi is playing a magician in this film.. who has the stupidest name on the face of the world– Bobo. Which bright writer’s idea was this fabulous name? It definitely beats “Bunny” from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Anyway, while Bobo the Magician is performing his tricks on stage, he hears a voice, the voice of his younger sister who died as a child. When he hears the voice, he cannot complete the trick and his assistant gets hurt.
In order to figure out what is happening to him, Bobo goes to his childhood psychiatrist and seeks his help. The psychiatrist hypnotizes him and Bobo goes back to his childhood and tells the events that lead to his sister’s death. His sister was sacrificed by a witch and Bobo had killed the witch.
The first half is basically about what happened in his childhood and the second half of the film is what happens when he thinks that the witch has reincarnated and returned.
Watch this film if you’re bored and if you get the film for free! And of course if you’re an Emraan fan. But don’t raise your expectations. Actually, it would be best watched with friends on a weekend night as you can make fun of the stupid scenes in the second half together if you get bored. I watched it with my mom and a big bowl of popcorn.
Something funny from the film: Did you know that hell looks like a dirty old apartment basement? I guess the film had a tight budget!